We present experimental evidence indicating the formation of metastable dipolar gratings in potassium lithium tantalate niobate at the paraelectric phase. These dipolar gratings result from the formation of local metastable changes in the Curie-Weiss temperature, which, in the presence of an external electric field, induce changes in the low-frequency polarization. The polarization changes create spatially correlated birefringence gratings due to the electro-optic effect. The dipolar gratings are formed in a slow spontaneous process, to compensate for regular photorefractive gratings immediately after the creation of the latter.
|Original language||American English|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - 1997|