Abstract

A discrete transverse electro-optic response associated with a field-induced antiferroelectric–ferroelectric phase transition has been observed to exist in lead zirconate thin films grown on Pt/Ti-coated silicon substrates. The magnitude of the birefringence jump from the antiferroelectric to the ferroelectric state is approximately 2.5 × 10−2. Quantitative correlation between the field-induced birefringence and the polarization was also experimentally studied. The discrete birefringent change in the thin films may be a desirable property for applications in optical switches or other integrated-optical devices.

© 1993 Optical Society of America

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