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20 January 2006 Beam self-trapping in a BCT crystal
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Proceedings Volume 6027, ICO20: Optical Information Processing; 60270D (2006)
Event: ICO20:Optical Devices and Instruments, 2005, Changchun, China
We present some aspects of wave self-focusing and self-defocusing in a photorefractive Ba0.77Ca0.23TiO3 (BCT) crystal without external electric field and without background illumination. The effects depend on the cross-section of the input beam. We show that by decreasing of the diameter of the input beam from 730 μm the fanning effect disappears at 150 μm. A symmetrical self-focusing is observed for input diameters from 150 um down to 40 μm and a symmetrical self-defocusing for input diameters from 40 μm down to 20 μm. The 1D self-trapping is detected at 65 μm in BCT. Light power and wavelength are correspondingly 3 mW and 633 nm. The experimental results are supplemented with numerical calculations based on both photovoltaic model and model of screening soliton.
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V. Matusevich, A. Kiessling, R. Kowarschik, A. E. Zagorskiy, and V. V. Shepelevich "Beam self-trapping in a BCT crystal", Proc. SPIE 6027, ICO20: Optical Information Processing, 60270D (20 January 2006);

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