Anisotropic focusing characteristics of micro-domain structures within crystalline Sr0.61Ba0.39Nb2O6 : the crystal ball


Smith, Peter G.R., Ross, Graeme W., Brown, Paul T., Eason, Robert W. and Daniell, Geoffrey J. (1997) Anisotropic focusing characteristics of micro-domain structures within crystalline Sr0.61Ba0.39Nb2O6 : the crystal ball. Applied Optics, 36, (22), 5383-5387. (doi:10.1364/AO.36.005383).

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We report the anisotropic focusing characteristics of a spherically configured region of micro-domains that have been induced within a cubic shaped crystal of Ce:doped Sr(0.61)Ba(0.39)Nb2O6. The internal spherical structure focuses extraordinary polarised light, but not ordinary polarised. The spherical region, which is easily observed via scattering, is formed as the crystal cools down, after a repoling cycle through the Curie temperature, with an applied field. Analytic modelling of the thermal gradients that exist within the crystal during cooling reveals a small ( < 1°) temperature difference between the central and outside regions. The similarity in shape between these temperature profiles and the observed scattering region suggests a possible mechanism for the growth of this spherical micro-domained structure.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1559-128X (print)
1559-128X (electronic)
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Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Optoelectronics Research Centre
ePrint ID: 78022
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:58
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/78022

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