Theory of Volume Hologram Formation in Photorefractive Crystals

  • L. Solymar
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Physics book series (SPPHY, volume 18)


Holograms, or gratings, in photorefractive crystals have been widely investigated ever since CHEN, LAMACCHIA and FRAZER [1] performed their experiments in 1968. Besides, holography proper, a host of new devices have been developed of which other lecturers will speak. My aim is here rather limited. I wish to discuss the phenomena which occur when a photorefractive crystal is illuminated by two symmetrically incident beams as shown schematically in Fig. 1. Note that a d.c. voltage may also be applied across the crystal.


Dielectric Constant Spatial Frequency Interference Pattern Applied Electric Field Diffraction Efficiency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Solymar
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  1. 1.Holography Group, Department of Engineering ScienceUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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