Lattice micro-modifications induced by Zn diffusion in Nd:LiNbO3 channel waveguides probed by Nd3+ confocal micro-luminescence
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- Jaque, D., Cantelar, E. & Lifante, G. Appl. Phys. B (2007) 88: 201. doi:10.1007/s00340-007-2692-9
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The luminescence properties of Neodymium ions in Zn diffused LiNbO3 channel waveguides have been studied with sub-micrometric spatial resolution. The analysis of the luminescence spectra suggests the existence of a local expansion and disordering associated to the presence of Zn in the LiNbO3 lattice after the diffusion process. By taking this cause–effect relation into account, it has been possible to determine both the in-depth and lateral Zn diffusion lengths, as well to elucidate the spatial location of the channel waveguide.