Light-induced order-of-magnitude decrease in the electric field for domain nucleation in MgO-doped lithium niobate crystals

C. L. Sones, M. C. Wengler, C. E. Valdivia, S. Mailis, R. W. Eason, K. Buse

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Abstract

We report an order-of-magnitude reduction in the electric field required for domain nucleation in 1 mol % MgO-doped near-stoichiometric and 5 mol % MgO-doped congruently grown lithium niobate crystals induced by illumination from a focused continuous wave laser beam at wavelengths of 514, 488, and 457 nm. A smaller decrease of 31% is also observed for undoped congruently grown crystals. The effect is independent of the visible wavelengths explored. Light-controlled domain patterning is also demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish
Article number212901
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume86
Issue number21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2005
Externally publishedYes

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