physica status solidi (b)

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Editor: Stefan Hildebrandt (Editor-in-Chief), Sabine Bahrs (Deputy Editor)

Online ISSN: 1521-3951

Associated Title(s): physica status solidi (a), physica status solidi (c), physica status solidi (RRL) - Rapid Research Letters

243_02/2006EPR of Nd3+ in congruent and nearly stoichiometric lithium niobate

The cover picture refers to the article by Galina Malovichko et al. which has been selected as Editor's Choice for this issue [1]. The lower part of the figure shows a section of the angular dependence of the EPR spectra in the xy-plane for nearly stoichiometric LiNbO3:Nd3+. The solid lines correspond to non-magnetic neodymium isotopes of axial C3 symmetry (green) and low C1 symmetry (purple and blue), respectively; the symbols represent experimental data. The upper part of the figure shows possible structures of the nearest surrounding for the C3 and C1 centers and their correspondence to the observed line positions.

The first author Galina Malovichko is Associate Professor in the Physics Department at the Montana State University, USA. Her scientific activity is devoted to experimental condensed matter physics, particularly to the study of structures of extrinsic, intrinsic and radiation defects and their influence on crystal prop-erties. Her group is involved in the characterization of various materials and optimization of their parameters for advanced ap-plications.

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