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Electro-optically controlled beam switching via total internal reflection at a domain-engineered interface in LiNbO3

Electro-optically controlled beam switching via total internal reflection at a domain-engineered interface in LiNbO3
Electro-optically controlled beam switching via total internal reflection at a domain-engineered interface in LiNbO3
We report a novel switching method that occurs due to the electro-optic effect under applied field when a beam incident on an interface between anti-parallel domains in a sample of LiNbO3 subtends an angle greater than that required for total internal reflection (TIR). We present data obtained for wavelengths of 0.543 and 1.52µm and compare this with a theoretical model. This switch has many attractive properties, as TIR is a 100% efficient process leading to the possibility of high contrast ratios; current data shows contrast ratios greater than 100:1 (20 dB). Other properties include relatively simple fabrication procedure, low drive voltages and a wavelength dependence that is less than other electro-optic devices such as Pockels cells.
0030-4018
193-200
Boyland, A.J.
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Mailis, S.
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Hendricks, J.M.
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Smith, P.G.R.
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Eason, R.W.
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Boyland, A.J.
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Hendricks, J.M.
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Smith, P.G.R.
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Boyland, A.J., Mailis, S., Hendricks, J.M., Smith, P.G.R. and Eason, R.W. (2001) Electro-optically controlled beam switching via total internal reflection at a domain-engineered interface in LiNbO3. Optics Communications, 197 (1-3), 193-200. (doi:10.1016/S0030-4018(01)01428-6).

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We report a novel switching method that occurs due to the electro-optic effect under applied field when a beam incident on an interface between anti-parallel domains in a sample of LiNbO3 subtends an angle greater than that required for total internal reflection (TIR). We present data obtained for wavelengths of 0.543 and 1.52µm and compare this with a theoretical model. This switch has many attractive properties, as TIR is a 100% efficient process leading to the possibility of high contrast ratios; current data shows contrast ratios greater than 100:1 (20 dB). Other properties include relatively simple fabrication procedure, low drive voltages and a wavelength dependence that is less than other electro-optic devices such as Pockels cells.

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Published date: 2001

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Local EPrints ID: 13689
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/13689
ISSN: 0030-4018
PURE UUID: eb4f0782-9449-4dd3-b067-c72f9a3e6336
ORCID for S. Mailis: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8100-2670
ORCID for P.G.R. Smith: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0319-718X
ORCID for R.W. Eason: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9704-2204

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Date deposited: 22 Dec 2004
Last modified: 17 Oct 2019 00:38

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Author: A.J. Boyland
Author: S. Mailis ORCID iD
Author: J.M. Hendricks
Author: P.G.R. Smith ORCID iD
Author: R.W. Eason ORCID iD

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