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  • Vol. 28, Iss. 24 — Dec. 15, 2003
  • pp: 2515–2517

Visualization of ferroelectric domains with coherent light

Manfred Müller, Elisabeth Soergel, and Karsten Buse  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 28, Issue 24, pp. 2515-2517 (2003)

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Illumination of a lithium niobate or lithium tantalate crystal along the crystallographic c axis with coherent light while simultaneously applying an external electrical field through transparent electrodes allows real-time, in situ, nondestructive monitoring of ferroelectric domain patterns. Imaging of the optical near-field through a lens directly visualizes the domain walls, whereas the far-field yields averaged information about the spatial orientation of the domain boundaries.

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OCIS Codes
(160.2100) Materials : Electro-optical materials
(160.2260) Materials : Ferroelectrics
(190.1900) Nonlinear optics : Diagnostic applications of nonlinear optics
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials

Manfred Müller, Elisabeth Soergel, and Karsten Buse, "Visualization of ferroelectric domains with coherent light," Opt. Lett. 28, 2515-2517 (2003)

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