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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 2013
  • pp: 4574–4577

Giant electro-optic effect in nanodisordered KTN crystals

Yun-Ching Chang, Chao Wang, Shizhuo Yin, Robert C. Hoffman, and Andrew G. Mott  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 22, pp. 4574-4577 (2013)

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The electro-optic (EO) effect in nanodisordered potassium tantalate niobate (KTN) crystal is quantitatively investigated. It is found out that the EO coefficient of nanodisordered KTN crystal depends not only on the cooling temperature but also on the cooling rate. A larger EO coefficient can be obtained by employing a faster cooling rate. A Kerr EO efficient (s11s12=6.94×1014m2/V2) is obtained at a cooling rate of 0.45°C/s. The enhanced EO efficient by employing a faster cooling rate will be greatly beneficial for a variety of applications such as laser Q switches, laser pulse shaping, high-speed optical shutters, and modulating retroreflectors.

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OCIS Codes
(160.2100) Materials : Electro-optical materials
(160.3220) Materials : Ionic crystals
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(260.1180) Physical optics : Crystal optics
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(250.6715) Optoelectronics : Switching

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Original Manuscript: July 16, 2013
Revised Manuscript: September 2, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 2, 2013
Published: November 5, 2013

Yun-Ching Chang, Chao Wang, Shizhuo Yin, Robert C. Hoffman, and Andrew G. Mott, "Giant electro-optic effect in nanodisordered KTN crystals," Opt. Lett. 38, 4574-4577 (2013)

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