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Opt Express. 2011 Apr 11;19(8):7153-60. doi: 10.1364/OE.19.007153.

Non-invasive characterization of the domain boundary and structure properties of periodically poled ferroelectrics.

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  • 1Graduate Institute of Photonics and Optoelectronics, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan.

Abstract

Shaping the ferroelectric domains as waveguide, grating, lens, and prism are key to the successful penetration of periodically-poled ferroelectrics on various wavelength conversion applications. The complicated structures are, however, difficult to be fully characterized, especially the unexpected index contrast at the anti-parallel domain boundaries are typical in the order of 10(-4) or less. An ultrahigh resolution optical coherence tomography was employed to fully characterize the domain boundary and structure properties of a periodically-poled lithium niobate (PPLN) waveguide with an axial resolution of 0.68 μm, an transversal resolution of 3.2 μm, and an index contrast sensitivity of 4x10(-7). The anti-parallel domain uniformity can clearly be seen non-invasively. Dispersion of the ferroelectric material was also obtained from 500 to 750 nm.

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