Light-mediated ferroelectric domain engineering and micro-structuring of lithium niobate crystals (pages 526–548)
C.Y.J. Ying, A.C. Muir, C.E. Valdivia, H. Steigerwald, C.L. Sones, R.W. Eason, E. Soergel and S. Mailis
Article first published online: 26 SEP 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/lpor.201100022
An overview is presented of recently developed light-mediated methods for ferroelectric domain engineering of lithium niobate single crystals. These methods include light-assisted poling, UV laser-induced inhibition of poling, and all-optical poling. In addition to the primary application of ferroelectric domain patterns, namely the realization of non-linear optical devices, the ability of transferring a domain pattern into a topographical structure by domain selective etching allows also for surface structuring of lithium niobate.