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Title: Ferroelectric domain engineering by focused infrared femtosecond pulses

We demonstrate infrared femtosecond laser-induced inversion of ferroelectric domains. This process can be realised solely by using tightly focused laser pulses without application of any electric field prior to, in conjunction with, or subsequent to the laser irradiation. As most ferroelectric crystals like LiNbO{sub 3}, LiTaO{sub 3}, and KTiOPO{sub 4} are transparent in the infrared, this optical poling method allows one to form ferroelectric domain patterns much deeper inside a ferroelectric crystal than by using ultraviolet light and hence can be used to fabricate practical devices. We also propose in situ diagnostics of the ferroelectric domain inversion process by monitoring the Čerenkov second harmonic signal, which is sensitive to the appearance of ferroelectric domain walls.
Authors:
; ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ; ; ;  [4] ;  [1] ;  [5]
  1. Laser Physics Centre, Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200 (Australia)
  2. (Poland)
  3. Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Ackermannweg 10, D-55128 Mainz (Germany)
  4. Departament de Fisica i Enginyeria Nuclear, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Rambla Sant Nebridi, 08222 Terrassa, Barcelona (Spain)
  5. (Qatar)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22482190
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 107; Journal Issue: 14; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; CRYSTALS; ELECTRIC FIELDS; ENGINEERING; EQUIPMENT; FERROELECTRIC MATERIALS; LASER RADIATION; LASERS; LITHIUM COMPOUNDS; MONITORING; NIOBATES; NIOBIUM OXIDES; SIGNALS; ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION