Measurements of refractive indices, electro-optic coefficients and photorefractivity are performed for a set of Zirconium-doped congruent lithium niobate (Zr:LN) crystals as functions of the dopant concentration in the range 0.0-3.0 mol%. The photorefractive properties are studied by measuring the green-light induced birefringence change and by direct observation of the transmitted-beam distortion. The index of refraction data show that the threshold concentration, above which there is a change in the Zr incorporation mechanism, is about 2.0 mol%, but photorefractivity results suggest that the concentration of ZrO 2 required to strongly reduce the photorefractive effect is somewhat larger than the 2.0 mol% "threshold" concentration derived from index-of-refraction data. The electro-optic coefficients are little influenced by Zr-doping. All the reported results confirm that Zr:LN is a very promising candidate for the realization of efficient electro-optic and all-optical nonlinear devices working at room temperature.

Zirconium-doped lithium niobate: photorefractive and electro-optical properties as a function of dopant concentration

ARGIOLAS, NICOLA;BAZZAN, MARCO;CIAMPOLILLO, MARIA VITTORIA;ZALTRON, ANNAMARIA;SADA, CINZIA;
2011

Abstract

Measurements of refractive indices, electro-optic coefficients and photorefractivity are performed for a set of Zirconium-doped congruent lithium niobate (Zr:LN) crystals as functions of the dopant concentration in the range 0.0-3.0 mol%. The photorefractive properties are studied by measuring the green-light induced birefringence change and by direct observation of the transmitted-beam distortion. The index of refraction data show that the threshold concentration, above which there is a change in the Zr incorporation mechanism, is about 2.0 mol%, but photorefractivity results suggest that the concentration of ZrO 2 required to strongly reduce the photorefractive effect is somewhat larger than the 2.0 mol% "threshold" concentration derived from index-of-refraction data. The electro-optic coefficients are little influenced by Zr-doping. All the reported results confirm that Zr:LN is a very promising candidate for the realization of efficient electro-optic and all-optical nonlinear devices working at room temperature.
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