Helge A Eggert

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Holographic gratings are recorded in colloidal suspensions of silver nanoparticles by utilizing interfering nanosecond pulses. The diffraction efficiency is measured with continuous-wave light. An instantaneous response together with a transient grating are observed: the nanoparticles absorb the pump light and heat up. Heat is transferred to the solvent,(More)
It is shown experimentally and theoretically that a partial domain reversal in ferroelectric lithium niobate crystals containing a previously imprinted photorefractive space-charge grating results in a highly unusual change of the angular Bragg selectivity. This carries important in situ information about domain structures, including the quality of(More)
Infrared holographic recording in a two-step process is demonstrated in stoichiometric iron-doped lithium tantalate crystals. Through absorption of two intersecting infrared pulses (A = 1064 nm) a temperature grating and thus a modulated pyroelectric field build up. Free electrons, excited by homogeneous light of a shorter wavelength (lambda = 532 nm) drift(More)
Photorefractive gratings are recorded in lithium niobate crystals in the presence of externally applied electric fields close to the coercive field. After optical erasure a voltage pulse above the poling threshold is applied, and by these means a photorefractive grating reappears that can be erased optically. The results point to electrical fixing, i.e.,(More)
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