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  • Vol. 14, Iss. 20 — Oct. 2, 2006
  • pp: 9371–9376
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Annular symmetry nonlinear frequency converters

Dror Kasimov, Ady Arie, Emil Winebrand, Gil Rosenman, Ariel Bruner, Pnina Shaier, and David Eger  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 20, pp. 9371-9376 (2006)

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We present a new type of two-dimensional nonlinear structure for quasi-phase matching. This structure has continuous rotational symmetry, and in contrary to the commonly used periodic structures, is not lattice shaped and has no translation symmetry. It is shown that this annular symmetry structure possesses interesting phase matching attributes that are significantly different than those of periodic structures. In particular, it enables simultaneous phase-matched frequency doubling of the same pump into several different directions. Moreover, it has extremely wide phase-mismatch tolerance, since a change in the phase matching conditions does not change the second harmonic power, but only changes its propagation direction. Several structures were fabricated using either the indirect e-beam method in LiNbO3 or the electric field poling method in stoichiometric LiTaO3, and their conversion efficiencies, as well as angular and thermal dependencies, were characterized by second harmonic generation.

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Periodic modulation of the second order nonlinear susceptibility, either in one dimension1 (1D), or in two dimensions2,3,4 (2D) is widely used nowadays for quasi-phase matched (QPM) frequency conversion. These structures are lattice shaped, and have discrete rotational symmetry, i.e., efficient frequency conversion is achieved only for specific input and output angles. On the other hand, they usually have continuous translation symmetry: translating the frequency converters in a direction perpendicular to the input pump wave usually does not change the power of the generated waves. We present here a new type of nonlinear structure, one that possesses only continuous rotational symmetry and no translation symmetry.

The structure of interest is a binary annular grating. It is a structure of concentric rings alternating between +d and -d, where d is a tensor element of the second order nonlinear susceptibility. The normalized, space-dependent part of the nonlinear coefficient can be written analytically as a sign function of a radial cosine.


where r=x2+y2

To understand its phase matching possibilities, we need to know its Fourier transform1. The Fourier transform of an infinite structure with a period of Λ consists of concentric impulse rings5 with a period of 2π/Λ. Figure 1 shows the structure in real space and its Fourier transform. Figure 1(b) also shows an example of the phase matching diagram for second harmonic generation (SHG), in the case where the pump passes exactly at the center of the structure. One can see that phase matching occurs symmetrically from both sides of the pump and that simultaneous phase matching at different orders and angles can occur. The different walk-off angles (angles between the fundamental and the second harmonic) at which we get phase matching are obtained by the law of cosines:


where Gn=n·2π/Λ, and kω,k the wave-vectors of the fundamental and second harmonic, respectively.

Fig. 1. (a) — The binary annular grating with period Λ. (b) — Fourier transform of the binary annular grating and phase matching diagram for SHG. The second harmonic’s k-vector outlines a circle around the fundamental’s k-vectors giving all possible phase mismatches. Points of intersection between this circle and the structures Fourier space rings are the points of phase matching (represented by large grey dots).

A change of the phase matching condition (e.g., by changing the temperature or the wavelength) will result in a change of the angles of second harmonic without losing phase matching. This is in contrast to 1D or 2D periodic structures where a change of the phase matching condition will usually result in a sharp efficiency drop as a result of the loss of phase matching. This means that the annular binary structure has a much higher phase mismatch tolerance than periodic QPM structures.

It should be noted that the phase matching considerations shown in Fig. 1 are true when the input beam passes through the center of the structure and for an infinite structure. Other conditions change the structure in the Fourier space, although the general considerations remain true.

Annular symmetry structures can be manufactured using similar methods to those that are used for making periodic nonlinear structures. We fabricated several binary annular structures with various periods using two poling methods — indirect e-beam poling6 in LiNbO3 and electric field poling7 in stoichiometirc LiTaO3 (SLT). Two structures were used in second harmonic generation experiments:

(1) An annular binary structure poled on lithium niobate using the indirect e-beam method with a period of 28 µm, having a size of 800×800 microns.

(2) An annular binary structure poled on SLT using the electric field poling with a period of 7.5 µm and an active size of 8.75×5 mm. The period of 7.5 µm was chosen since it enables co-linear QPM SHG of a Nd:YLF laser at 1047.5 µm.

The first structure was accomplished using the indirect e-beam poling method as follows. A 0.5 mm thick z-cut LiNbO3 crystal of congruent composition was used. A Shipley-1818 photo-resist of 2 µm thickness was spin coated over the crystal C- face. The electron exposure was performed by using a commercial electron beam lithography system (ELPHY Plus) adapted to a JEOL JSM 6400 scanning electron microscope. The acceleration voltage was selected to be 15kV corresponding with the photo-resist dielectric layer thickness so that the majority of incident electrons would stay trapped in the coating layer, therefore inducing high electric field that causes the inversion. The adaption of the electron energy and photoresist thickness was performed using Monte-Carlo simulations to calculate the effective penetration depth of electrons into the layer. The beam current was set to 0.5nA and the deposited surface charge density 300 µC/cm2. After exposure the resist layer was removed and the crystal was etched for 120 min using hydrofluoric (HF) acid at room temperature to reveal the formed domain structures. The duty cycle of this structure was kept at a relatively low value, around 10%, in order to reduce Coulomb deflection of the electron-beam, caused by the charging of the photo-resist6.

The second structure was realized in a 0.5 mm thick z- cut SLT crystal, grown by double-crucible Czochralski8, using our standard electric field poling technique as described previously for 1D structures9. First, the annular structured pattern of photoresist was contact printed on the C+ face of the wafer from a lithographic mask. Then, the surface was coated by a uniform metallic layer.

The electrical poling was achieved by applying pulses 0.6 kV to the polar crystal surfaces. The total switching charge was 65 µC/cm2. After poling, the photoresist and the metallic coatings were removed and the domain structure was revealed by HF etching. Most of the structure of the SLT crystal had a duty factor of 70% at the C+ surface and close to 80% at the C- surface, while the period length of 7.5 µm was precisely kept along the crystal. The end faces of the two crystals were polished for the optical measurements. Fig. 2 shows optical and AFM pictures of the surface morphology for the two different crystals.

To validate the stability and accuracy of the period we preformed far field diffraction on the field poled structure using a doubled Nd:YAG laser (λ=532nm). The resulting diffraction pattern can be seen in Fig. 3. This pattern was highly periodic which indicates a stable period. The angle to the first circle of diffraction was θ≈0.0705 rad. By using the well known law of diffraction (λ=Λsinθ) we calculated the period of the structure to be Λ=7.55µm, which agrees well with the design period of 7.5µm.

Fig. 2. Optical and AFM pictures of the e-beam poled lithium niobate - (a) and (b) respectively and of the electric field poled SLT - (c) and (d) respectively.
Fig. 3. Diffraction pattern of the electric field poled structure.

The 28 µm structure was used in two SHG experiments with two different pump sources - a 1.0475 µm Q-switched Nd:YLF laser and a PPLN OPO with a pump signal at 1.42 µm. The structure with 7.5 µm period was used only in SHG of the Nd:YLF laser. We measured the angles of second harmonic and the temperature dependence.

Table 1 presents the measured second harmonic angle in the various experiments. For the Nd:YLF laser, only high orders (5 & up) are observed with the (relatively large) 28 µm period structure. But when moving to longer wavelength or a shorter period, phase-matched SHG with lower orders is observed. The theoretical angles were calculated using Eq. (2).

Table 1. Angular measurements in SHG experiments with annular structures

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Table 2 shows the various efficiencies in the experiments preformed. These efficiencies are compared to the theoretical efficiencies calculated using the Green’s function method, as outlined below. For the structure with 7.5 µm period we assumed that the effective interaction length is 8.75 mm and the duty cycle is 80%, as derived from the microscope and AFM characterization of this sample.

Table 2. Normalized frequency doubling efficiencies

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Theoretical efficiencies were calculated using a numerical simulation that solves the Helmholtz equation for a second harmonic process10. We used the Green’s function approach, which in our case is a simple spherical wave11: G(R)=eikR (4πR),R=r-r′. The second harmonic wave is obtained by convolution of the Green’s function with the source distribution — the non linear polarization


where Eω is the input field (Gaussian beam with 80µm beam waist), ω is the angular frequency of the input, c is the velocity of light, and d is, as defined earlier, a tensor element of the nonlinear susceptibility.

This method does not require any upfront assumptions on the direction of propagation of the second harmonic wave and is relatively straight-forward and simple. Calculations done using the numerical simulation have shown that in co-linear propagation, the efficiency is very similar to that of a regular 1D periodic structure. Non-co-linear propagation on the other hand has very low efficiency when compared to periodic structures.

The effect of phase mismatch was studied by altering the device temperature. Fig. 4 shows temperature dependence measured with 7.5 µm structure. Whereas the collinear case shows a clear sinc-like behavior, the non collinear 2nd order behaves very differently and is much less temperature dependent.

Fig. 4. Temperature dependence of the SHG efficiency in SLT. Solid and dashed lines: measurements of the 1st order (collinear) and 2nd order (non-collinear) interactions, respectively. Dash-dot line: Calculation of the co-linear 1st order. Inset: photo of the SHG signal on a screen. The central spot is the collinear SHG, whereas the side spots represent the non-collinear SHG

The low dependence of the annular structure on phase mismatch can be useful for easing the restrictions on exact period length for specific processes when working non co-linearly. A slight change in the period will only result in a slight change of the walk-off angle and not in a sharp efficiency change. These structures can therefore be used to measure dispersion relations for non-linear crystals. By measuring different angles and orders at various wavelengths and temperatures we can deduce the refraction coefficients of the crystal at a wide span of conditions12.


This work was partly supported by the Israel Science Foundation, grant no. 960/05.

References and Links


M. M. Fejer, G. A. Magel, D. H. Jundt, and R. L. Byer, “Quasi phase matched second harmonic generation: Tuning and tolerances,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 2631–2654 (1992). [CrossRef]


V. Berger, “Nonlinear photonic crystals,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 4136–4139 (1998). [CrossRef]


N.G.R. Broderick, G.W. Ross, H.L. Offerhaus, D.J. Richardson, and D.C. Hanna, “Hexagonally poled lithium niobate: a two-dimensional nonlinear photonic crystal,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 4345–4348 (2000). [CrossRef] [PubMed]


S. M. Saltiel, A. A. Sukhorukov, and Y. S. Kivshar, “Multistep parametric processes in nonlinear optics,” Prog. Optics 47, 1–73 (2005). [CrossRef]


Isaac Amidror, “Fourier spectrum of radially periodic images,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 14, 816–826 (1997). [CrossRef]


Y. Glickman, E. Winebrand, A. Arie, and G. Rosenman, “Electron-beam-induced domain poling in LiNbO3 for two-dimensional nonlinear frequency conversion,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 88, 011103 (2006). [CrossRef]


M. Yamada, N. Nada, M. Saitoh, and K. Watanabe, “First-order quasi-phase-matched LiNbO3 waveguide periodically poled by applying an external field for efficient blue second harmonic generation,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 62, 435–436 (1993). [CrossRef]


Y. Furukawa, K. Kitamura, E. Suzuki, and K. Niwa, “Stoichiometric LiTaO3 single crystal growth by double-crucible Czochralski method using automatic powder supply system,” J. Cryst. Growth 197, 889–895 (1999). [CrossRef]


A. Bruner, D. Eger, and S. Ruschin, “Second harmonic generation of green light in periodically-poled stoichiometric LiTaO3 doped with MgO,” J. Appl. Phys. 96, 7445–7449 (2004). [CrossRef]


R.W. Boyd, Nonlinear Optics, second edition, (Academic press, 2002), Chap. 2.


F.W. Byron and R.W. Fuller, Mathematics of classical and quantum physics, (Dover publications, 1992), Chap. 7.


D. H. Jundt, “Temperature-dependent Sellmeier equations for the index of refraction ne, in congruent lithium niobate,” Opt. Lett. 22, 1553–15559 (1997). [CrossRef]

OCIS Codes
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: July 3, 2006
Revised Manuscript: September 14, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: September 14, 2006
Published: October 2, 2006

Dror Kasimov, Ady Arie, Emil Winebrand, Gil Rosenman, Ariel Bruner, Pnina Shaier, and David Eger, "Annular symmetry nonlinear frequency converters," Opt. Express 14, 9371-9376 (2006)

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  1. M. M. Fejer, G. A. Magel, D. H. Jundt and R. L. Byer, "Quasi phase matched second harmonic generation: Tuning and tolerances," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 2631-2654 (1992). [CrossRef]
  2. V. Berger, "Nonlinear photonic crystals," Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 4136-4139 (1998). [CrossRef]
  3. N. G. R. Broderick, G. W. Ross, H. L. Offerhaus, D. J. Richardson and D. C. Hanna, "Hexagonally poled lithium niobate: a two-dimensional nonlinear photonic crystal," Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 4345-4348 (2000). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  4. S. M. Saltiel, A. A. Sukhorukov and Y. S. Kivshar, "Multistep parametric processes in nonlinear optics," Prog. Opt. 47, 1-73 (2005). [CrossRef]
  5. I. Amidror, "Fourier spectrum of radially periodic images," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 14, 816-826 (1997). [CrossRef]
  6. Y. Glickman, E. Winebrand, A. Arie, and G. Rosenman, "Electron-beam-induced domain poling in LiNbO3 for two-dimensional nonlinear frequency conversion," Appl. Phys. Lett. 88, 011103 (2006). [CrossRef]
  7. M. Yamada, N. Nada, M. Saitoh, and K. Watanabe, "First-order quasi-phase-matched LiNbO3 waveguide periodically poled by applying an external field for efficient blue second harmonic generation," Appl. Phys. Lett. 62, 435-436 (1993). [CrossRef]
  8. Y. Furukawa, K. Kitamura,E. Suzuki and K. Niwa, "Stoichiometric LiTaO3 single crystal growth by double-crucible Czochralski method using automatic powder supply system," J. Cryst. Growth 197, 889-895 (1999). [CrossRef]
  9. A. Bruner, D. Eger and S. Ruschin, "Second harmonic generation of green light in periodically-poled stoichiometric LiTaO3 doped with MgO," J. Appl. Phys. 96, 7445-7449 (2004). [CrossRef]
  10. R.W. Boyd, Nonlinear Optics, second edition, (Academic Press, 2002), Chap. 2.
  11. F. W. Byron and R. W. Fuller, Mathematics of classical and quantum physics, (Dover Publications, 1992), Chap. 7.
  12. D. H. Jundt, "Temperature-dependent Sellmeier equations for the index of refraction ne, in congruent lithium niobate," Opt. Lett. 22, 1553-1555 (1997). [CrossRef]

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