Light-mediated ferroelectric domain engineering and micro-structuring of lithium niobate crystals

C.Y.J. Ying, A.C. Muir, C.E. Valdivia, H. Steigerwald, C. Sones Collin L., R.W. Eason, E. Soergel, S. Mailis

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An overview is presented of recently developed light-mediated methods for ferroelectric domain engineering of lithium niobate single crystals. These methods include light-assisted poling, UV laser-induced inhibition of poling, and all-optical poling. In addition to the primary application of ferroelectric domain patterns, namely the realization of non-linear optical devices, the ability of transferring a domain pattern into a topographical structure by domain selective etching allows also for surface structuring of lithium niobate. This intertwining between ferroelectric domain patterns and surface topography has been used to fabricate exquisite micro-structures based on unusual domains generated purposefully by these light-mediated methods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)526-548
Number of pages23
JournalLaser and Photonics Reviews
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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