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  • Vol. 28, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 2003
  • pp: 1466–1468

Self-modulation of light in piezoelectric crystals

C. Z. Tan, T. B. Wang, H. Chen, and Z. G. Liu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 28, Issue 16, pp. 1466-1468 (2003)

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Spectroscopic measurements were used to monitor the optical interference of ordinary (o -ray) waves with extraordinary (e -ray) waves by incidence of plane-polarized light and transmission through piezoelectric crystals (α -quartz, LiNbO3, and LiTaO3). This observation confirms that the rotations of the vibration planes of the o - and e -ray waves originate from the dynamic gratings induced by the electric field of the incident light. This is a self-modulation process of the polarized incident light in piezoelectric crystals.

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OCIS Codes
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(300.6340) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, infrared

C. Z. Tan, T. B. Wang, H. Chen, and Z. G. Liu, "Self-modulation of light in piezoelectric crystals," Opt. Lett. 28, 1466-1468 (2003)

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