Applied physics

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 131–138 | Cite as

Diffraction efficiency and energy transfer in two-wave mixing experiments with Bi12SiO20 crystals

  • A. Marrakchi
  • J. P. Huignard
  • P. Günter
Photophysics, Laser Chemistry


The diffraction efficiency and energy transfer are investigated in photorefractive Bi12SiO20 crystals (BSO). Dependence on fringe spacing, electric fields, light intensity and rise-time constants are reported. The optimum crystallographic orientation for each effect is determined for vertical polarization of the recording beams. It is shown that beam coupling is a very sensitive phenomenon in BSO crystals where charge transport lengths are equivalent to usual fringe spacings. Experimental results are interpreted on the basis of the nonlinear theory of self-diffraction developed by Kukhtarev et al. [10].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Marrakchi
    • 1
  • J. P. Huignard
    • 1
  • P. Günter
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire Central de RechercheThomson CSF, Domaine de CorbevilleOrsayFrance
  2. 2.Laboratory of Solid State Physics E.T.H. HönggerbergSwiss Federal Institute of TechnologyZürichSwitzerland

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