Abstract

A technique developed recently for determining piezo-optic coefficients (POCs) of isotropic optical media, which represents a combination of digital imaging laser interferometry and a classical four-point bending method, is generalized and applied to a single-crystalline anisotropic material. The peculiarities of measuring procedures and data processing for the case of optically uniaxial crystals are described in detail. The capabilities of the technique are tested on the example of canonical nonlinear optical crystal LiNbO3. The high precision achieved in determination of the POCs for isotropic and anisotropic materials testifies that the technique should be both versatile and reliable.

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