Epitaxial KNbO3 and its nonlinear optical properties

Barbara M. Nichols, Bruce W. Wessels, John A. Belot, Tobin J. Marks

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The nonlinear optical properties of epitaxial KNbO3 were studied for films grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition on different substrates. X-ray diffraction revealed epitaxial KNbO3 with a (110) orientation for layers deposited on single crystal strontium titanate. Whereas, films grown on (100) spinel exhibited a multi-variant structure, consisting of the (110) and (001) orientations. The volume fraction of each crystallographic variant in the film was calculated. Second harmonic generation measurements at 532 nm were performed to determine the ferroelectric domain variants present. The Maker-fringe technique was employed to obtain the effective nonlinear optical susceptibility of the films, which ranged from 0.1 - 1.8 pm/V. The SHG intensity profiles reveal a strong dependence upon substrate type.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)741-746
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - 1999
EventProceedings of the 1998 MRS Fall Meeting - The Symposium 'Advanced Catalytic Materials-1998' - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Nov 30 1998Dec 3 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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