Photorefractive Effects and Materials

  • David D. Nolte

Part of the Electronic Materials: Science and Technology book series (EMST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. M. H. Garrett, G. D. Fogarty, G. D. Bacher, R. N. Schwartz, B. A. Wechsler
    Pages 67-171
  3. Anthony S. Kewitsch, Amnon Yariv, Mordechai Segev
    Pages 173-219
  4. Mordechai Segev, Bruno Crosignani, Gregory Salamo, Galen Duree, Paolo Di Porto, Amnon Yariv
    Pages 221-263
  5. S. M. Silence, D. M. Burland, W. E. Moerner
    Pages 265-309
  6. James E. Millerd, Elsa M. Garmire, Afshin Partovi
    Pages 311-372
  7. D. D. Nolte, M. R. Melloch
    Pages 373-451
  8. Lambertus Hesselink
    Pages 453-485
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 487-489

About this book


The photorefractive effect is now firmly established as one of the highest-sensitivity nonlinear optical effects, making it an attractive choice for use in many optical holographic processing applications. As with all technologies based on advanced materials, the rate of progress in the development of photorefractive applications has been principally limited by the rate at which breakthroughs in materials science have supplied better photorefractive materials. The last ten years have seen an upsurge of interest in photorefractive applications because of several advances in the synthesis and growth of new and sensitive materials. This book is a collection of many of the most important recent developments in photorefractive effects and materials. The introductory chapter, which provides the necessary tools for understanding a wide variety of photorefractive phenomena, is followed by seven contributed chapters that offer views of the state-of-the-art in several different material systems. The second chapter represents the most detailed study to date on the growth and photorefractive performance of BaTi03, one of the most important photorefractive ferroelectrlcs. The third chapter describes the process of permanently fixing holographic gratings in ferroelectrics, important for volumetric data storage with ultra-high data densities. The fourth chapter describes the discovery and theory of photorefractive spatial solitons. Photorefractive polymers are an exciting new class of photo refractive materials, described in the fifth chapter. Polymers have many advantages, primarily related to fabrication, that could promise a breakthrough to the marketplace because of ease and low-cost of manufacturing.


advanced materials ferroelectrics material materials science polymer quantum wells semiconductor semiconductors thin films

Editors and affiliations

  • David D. Nolte
    • 1
  1. 1.Purdue UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-9560-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-2227-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1386-3290
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