Abstract

By using site-selective laser spectroscopy, several sites in hydrogenated and deuterated rare-earth-doped fluorite crystals have been found to exhibit reversible bleaching. The site orientations can be switched between orthogonal directions by corresponding changes in the laser polarization. Such effects are a form of photochemical hole burning and are attributed to laser-induced migration of H or D ions between equivalent interstitial positions adjacent to the rare-earth ion.

© 1987 Optical Society of America

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