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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 2 — Jan. 15, 2010
  • pp: 178–180

Second-harmonic imaging from a modulated domain structure

Yong Zhang, Fuming Wang, Katrina Geren, S. N. Zhu, and Min Xiao  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 2, pp. 178-180 (2010)

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We present a new second-harmonic (SH) imaging technique to study the domains in a hexagonally poled Li Ta O 3 nonlinear photonic crystal by using a femtosecond laser. By detecting the SH images at different planes, the distribution of the 180°-inverted ferroelectric domains can be characterized, and the contributions of different nonlinear tensor components, modulated differently in the domain structure, can be selectively determined. Fundamental understanding and potential applications of such SH imaging techniques for the inverted nonlinear domain structures are presented and discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.4720) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities of condensed matter
(160.1245) Materials : Artificially engineered materials
(140.3515) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, frequency doubled

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: August 24, 2009
Revised Manuscript: November 29, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: December 3, 2009
Published: January 13, 2010

Yong Zhang, Fuming Wang, Katrina Geren, S. N. Zhu, and Min Xiao, "Second-harmonic imaging from a modulated domain structure," Opt. Lett. 35, 178-180 (2010)

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