Giant electro-optic effect in nanodisordered KTN crystals

Yun Ching Chang, Chao Wang, Shizhuo Yin, Robert C. Hoffman, Andrew G. Mott

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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 (s11 - s12 = 6.94 × 10-14 m2/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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4574-4577
Number of pages4
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number22
StatePublished - Nov 15 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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