Z-scan measurements of photorefractive nonlinearities for a SBN: Ce crystal
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- Bian, S. & Frejlich, J. Appl Phys B (1997) 64: 539. doi:10.1007/s003400050212
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In this paper, we derived the Z-scan formula for a photorefractive crystal sample under an external applied electric field. The far-field diffraction pattern of a Gaussian beam wavefront through a photorefractive crystal is calculated by considering spatial-phase perturbation induced by the space-charge field. The photorefractive drift nonlinearities and correspondingly, the electro-optic coefficients r33, r13, (r23) and the characteristic ratio n3er33/n3or13 for a cerium-doped Sr0.61Ba0.39Nb2O6 crystal are determined from the Z-scan experiments. Z-scan with enhanced sensitivity is also realized by measuring the normalized transmittance at the off-axis position in the far field. A deviation between the off-axis Z-scan experimental results and the theoretical prediction is discussed too.