Mapping of periodically poled crystals via spontaneous parametric down-conversion

Abstract

A new method for characterization of periodically poled crystals is developed based on spontaneous parametric down-conversion. The method is demonstrated on crystals of Y:LiNbO3, Mg:Y:LiNbO3 with non-uniform periodically poled structures, obtained directly under the Czochralski growth procedure and designed for application of 1.064 μmpumped OPO in the mid-infrared range. Infrared dispersion of refractive index, effective working periods and wavelengths of OPO were determined by special treatment of frequency-angular spectra of spontaneous parametric down-conversion in the visible range. Two-dimensional mapping via spontaneous parametric down-conversion is proposed for characterizing spatial distribution of bulk quasi-phase matching efficiency across the input window of a periodically poled sample.

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Kitaeva, G.K., Tishkova, V.V., Naumova, I.I. et al. Mapping of periodically poled crystals via spontaneous parametric down-conversion. Appl. Phys. B 81, 645–650 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00340-005-1923-1

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PACS

  • 42.65.Lm
  • 42.70.Mp
  • 81.70.Fy
  • 78.67.Pt
  • 42.65.Yj