Abstract

In LiNbO3 at light intensities above 106 W/m2 much stronger refractive index changes can be induced, as expected from measurements at low intensities. Most experimental data have been published on iron-doped LiNbO3 crystals. We propose a two-center charge-transport model for LiNbO3:Fe that describes most results at low and high intensities quantitatively. It explains the intensity dependence of steady-state refractive index changes and enhanced holographic sensitivities at high light intensities as well as the presence of light-induced absorption changes.

© 1993 Optical Society of America

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