Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


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August 1984


Published by American Institute of Physics.J. of Applied Physics 56, 839 (1984). ©1984 American Institute of Physics. Permission to use. Journal home page =


We present data on the speed of light-induced refractive index changes in a BaTiO3 single crystal. The light-induced erasure rate of a refractive index grating is shown to depend on optical intensity as I x where x<1. The exponent x depends weakly on temperature and increases from 0.62±0.02 to 0.71±0.02 when the temperature is varied between 12 and 40 °C. The sublinear dependence of rate on intensity implies that higher optical intensity is required to achieve high-speed operation of BaTiO3 devices than previously thought. The dark erasure rate has an anomolously strong temperature dependence; it increases by a factor of 50 over the same temperature range. We have also determined that the number density of photorefractive charge carriers is 6×1016 cm-3 in this crystal.

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