Conical light scattering in strontium barium niobate crystals related to an intrinsic composition inhomogeneity

Autor(en): Bastwoeste, K.
Sander, U.
Imlau, M. 
Stichwörter: ANISOTROPIC HOLOGRAPHIC SCATTERING; DOMAINS; GROWTH; INDEXES; Physics; Physics, Condensed Matter; POLARIZATION; SBN; SINGLE-CRYSTALS; SR0.61BA0.39NB2O6
Erscheinungsdatum: 2007
Herausgeber: IOP PUBLISHING LTD
Journal: JOURNAL OF PHYSICS-CONDENSED MATTER
Volumen: 19
Ausgabe: 15
Zusammenfassung: 
Conical light scattering is uncovered in poly- and mono-domain, nominally pure and Eu-doped strontium barium niobate (SBN) crystals over a wide temperature regime. The appearance of two scattering cones, a scattering line and a corona is observed and can be explained comprehensively within the Ewald sphere concept. Photorefraction, scattering from domain boundaries or from growth striations can be excluded from explaining the origin of the scattering. It is shown that the temperature-persistent scattering process is related to a growth-induced seeding rod, i.e. a composition inhomogeneity primarily localized at the centre of the SBN sample. The rod is directed parallel to the c axis and yields a refractive-index inhomogeneity with spatial frequencies on the microscale.
ISSN: 09538984
DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/19/15/156225

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