Electron paramagnetic resonance investigation of the photochromic effect in near-stoichiometric LiNbO3 with applications to holographic storage

Myeongkyu Lee, In Gyoo Kim, Shunji Takekawa, Yasunori Furukawa, Yoshishige Uchida, Kenji Kitamura, Hideki Hatano

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Near-stoichiometric LiNbO3 (LiNbO3, LiNbO3:Tb, and LiNbO3:Tb,Fe) crystals have exhibited a reversible photochromic effect at room temperature. Irradiation by UV light induced a visible absorption band extending from λ≈650 nm to the absorption edge, which could be bleached by subsequent illumination with visible light. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) analysis at 15 K revealed an EPR signal of g≈2.0 appearing after UV irradiation with a simultaneous decrease in the Fe3+ signal intensity. This implies that the Fe3+ ions (natural impurities or dopants) act as electron traps and the induced absorption band is caused by the charge transfer from UV-sensitive absorption centers to Fe3+ ions via the conduction band. Using the induced absorption band, a high-sensitive holographic recording has been achieved with a continuous-wave green laser at λ≈532 nm. In addition, the fast response to UV light made it possible to quickly erase the stored information by UV illumination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5311-5317
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2001 May 15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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