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The SHG-response of different phases in proton exchanged lithium niobate waveguides
KTH, Superseded Departments, Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7688-1367
2000 (English)In: IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, ISSN 1077-260X, E-ISSN 1558-4542, Vol. 6, no 1, 132-142 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Reflection second-harmonic generation from the polished waveguide end face is used to investigate the second-order nonlinear optical properties of as-exchanged and annealed proton-exchanged (PE) waveguides in different HxLi1-xNbO3 phases. A detailed correlation is done between the nonlinear properties, the processing conditions, the refractive index changes, and the optical losses of the waveguides. It is found that for the direct PE samples, where the beta(4), beta(3), and beta(1) phases are generated at the surface, the nonlinearity in the guide is strongly reduced by more than 85% of its bulk value, while for waveguides prepared in the beta(2) phase, the nonlinear coefficient is about 55% of the bulk one. A consequence is that the step-like beta(i)-phase PE LiNbO3 waveguides with large refractive index increase are advantageous for efficient SHG in Cherenkov configuration. The nonlinearity, strongly reduced after the initial proton exchange, is found to be restored and even increased after annealing, However, this apparent increase of the nonlinearity is accompanied by a strong degradation of the quality of the second-harmonic generation reflected beam in the region of initial waveguides due to beam scattering. The graded proton exchange technique and dilute melt proton exchange have been shown to produce high-quality waveguides with essentially undergraded nonlinear optical properties. It has been also shown that the nonlinear properties of annealed proton exchanged LiNbO3 waveguides can be effectively recovered by the reverse proton exchange technique, The results obtained are important for the design, fabrication, and optimizing of guided-wave nonlinear optical devices in LiNbO3.

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2000. Vol. 6, no 1, 132-142 p.
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integrated optics, lithium niobate, nonlinear properties, optical waveguides, proton exchange, second-harmonic generation (SHG), linbo3 wave-guides, nonlinear-optical-properties, refractive-index profiles, z-cut linbo3, 2nd-harmonic generation, sum-frequency, litao3, coefficient, damage, laser
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-19653ISI: 000086190100017OAI: diva2:338345
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-10 Last updated: 2015-03-30Bibliographically approved

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