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Potassium-tantalate-niobate mixed crystal thin films for applications in nonlinear integrated optics

: Jia, Yuechen; Szabados, Jan; Winkler, Markus; Breunig, Ingo; Cimalla, Volker; Kirste, Lutz; Zukauskaite, Agne; Buse, Karsten


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-:
Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe & European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2017 : 25-29 June 2017, Munich, Germany
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-5090-6736-7
ISBN: 978-1-5090-6737-4
Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe (CLEO) <2017, Munich>
European Quantum Electronics Conference (EQEC) <2017, Munich>
Fraunhofer IPM ()
Fraunhofer IAF ()
optical filter; nonlinear optic; optical films; crystal; optical diffraction; optical refraction

Perovskite potassium tantalate-niobate mixed crystals (KTa1−xNbxO3 with 0 ≤ x ≤1, KTN) undergo a phase transition from a paraelectric cubic to a ferroelectric tetragonal structure with decreasing temperature [1]. By adjusting the Ta/Nb content one can tune the phase-transition temperature of KTN and thus also its main properties at a given temperature. For example, the phase transition occurs around room temperature for x = 0.4, accompanied by changes in the dielectric and electro-optic (EO) properties [2]. This extremely promising material is of great interest because of its large EO effect and excellent nonlinear optical performance [2, 3]. However, due to the fact that the crystals grown have compositions being different from those of the molten ingredients, high-quality and homogeneous single-crystalline KTN is difficult to produce, which is limiting the application of this material [4, 5].