We report on the experimental observation of very large self-deflection of optical beams, along with all-optical steering, and electro-optic beam deflection. We observe as many as 27resolvable spots of deflection at 1-W/cm <sup>2</sup> intensity. These deflections arise from enhanced photorefractive effects in CdZnTe:V, giving rise to optically induced index changes in excess of 0.08, which is to our knowledge the strongest nonlinearity ever reported for any bulk semiconductor.
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Sharon Shwartz, Mordechai Segev, and Uri El-Hanany, "Self-deflection and all-optical beam steering in CdZnTe," Opt. Lett. 29, 760-762 (2004)