Electro-optic and photorefractive two-beam coupling properties of lead barium niobate crystals

Alice Liu, Lambertus Hesselink, Myeongkyu Lee, Robert S. Feigelson

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Lead barium niobate crystals (Pb1-xBaxNb 2O6) are attractive photorefractive materials for holographic data storage. The electro-optic coefficients r33 and r13 are determined using a Mach-Zehnder interferometer setup, and are measured to be 160±20 and 32±4 pm/V, respectively. The angular dependence of the photorefractive two-beam coupling gain is also investigated, and the products of the electro-optic coefficients and the electron-hole competition factor rζ are determined and compared with the electro-optic coefficients obtained using the interferometric method. It is found that the electron-hole competition factor is at least 0.7, indicating that the photorefractive process is mostly due to electrons. The effective trap densities at several wavelengths are also determined from the gain dispersion measurements, and are found to be 1.3-2.2×1016 cm-3.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2826-2830
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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