, Volume 64, Issue 5, pp 539-546

Z-scan measurements of photorefractive nonlinearities for a SBN: Ce crystal

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Abstract.

 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 r 33, r 13, (r 23) and the characteristic ratio n 3 e r 33/n 3 o r 13 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.

Received: 22 July 1996/Revised version: 7 October 1996