Dynamic spatial structure of spontaneous beams in photorefractive bismuth sillicon oxide

Preben Buchhave, S. Lyuksyutov, M. Vasnetsov, C. Heyde

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We report the domain structure of spontaneously occurring beams (subharmonics) in photorefractive bismuth silicon oxide with an applied electric field from 1 to 6 kV/cm and a running grating. The subharmonic beams are generated in a pattern of domains that evolve dynamically as they move through the crystal. We find that the domains move as a whole wirth a speed approximately equal to that of the primary grating, but in the opposite direction. The domains are sepatated by narrow boundary regions, where the phase of the subharmonic waves changes by pi. The domain motion is consistent with the group velocity for running space-charge waves
Original languageEnglish
JournalOptical Society of America. Journal B: Optical Physics
Issue number11
Pages (from-to)2595-2601
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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