## Abstract

We present a summary of measured characteristics of lanthanum-doped lead zirconium titanate (PLZT) compound in its mechanical housing. It is expected that the PLZT device will be used as the main component in an ultrafast electro-optic switch. We have performed several experiments to measure and calculate the following characteristics: optical power transmission, thermodynamic effects, switching speed, and dc drift phenomenon.

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(1)
$$\mathrm{\varphi}=\mathrm{\alpha}+\mathrm{\beta}E+\mathrm{\gamma}{E}^{2}.$$
(2)
$$\mathrm{\Delta}\mathrm{\varphi}=\mathrm{\varphi}\left(t\right)-\mathrm{\varphi}\left(t={0}^{+}\right)=\mathrm{\alpha}+\mathrm{\beta}\left(t\right)\left[E+\mathrm{\Delta}E\left(t\right)\right]+\mathrm{\gamma}{\left[E+\mathrm{\Delta}E\left(t\right)\right]}^{2}-\left(\mathrm{\alpha}+\mathrm{\gamma}{E}^{2}\right).$$
(3)
$$\mathrm{\Delta}\mathrm{\varphi}\approx \mathrm{\beta}\left(t\right)E-2\mathrm{\gamma}E\mathrm{\Delta}E\left(t\right).$$
(4)
$$\mathrm{\Delta}E\left(t\right)=\frac{\mathrm{\beta}\left(t\right)}{2\mathrm{\gamma}}.$$
(5)
$${E}_{\mathrm{det}}={\left(\frac{{I}_{0}}{2}\right)}^{1/2}\left\{\stackrel{\u02c6}{\mathit{x}}+\mathit{\u0177}exp\left[i\left(\mathrm{\beta}{E}_{\mathrm{dc}}+\mathrm{\gamma}{{E}_{\mathrm{dc}}}^{2}\right)\right]\right\}\left(\frac{\stackrel{\u02c6}{\mathit{x}}+\mathit{\u0177}}{\sqrt{2}}\right),$$
(6)
$${I}_{\mathrm{det}}=\frac{{I}_{0}}{8}{\left[1-cos\left(\mathrm{\beta}{E}_{\mathrm{dc}}\right)\right]}^{2}.$$
(7)
$$\mathrm{\Delta}V=\mathrm{\Delta}\mathit{Ed}=\frac{{V}_{\mathrm{\pi}}}{2\mathrm{\pi}}{cos}^{-1}\left[1-{\left(\frac{8{I}_{\mathrm{det}}}{{I}_{0}}\right)}^{1/2}\right].$$