The Physics and Applications of Photorefractive Materials

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byL. Solymar, D. J. Webb, A. Grunnet-Jepsen

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Photorefractive materials combine photoconductive and electro-optic properties: light affects their electrical conductivity; their optical properties (refractive index, etc.) are affected by applied electric fields.The aim of this book is to cover the vast range of phenomena occurring in Photorefractive Materials. For Physicists it is part of the fashionable subject of Nonlinear Optics. Engineers tend to place it as part of optoelectronics promising a variety of new devices. This book summarizes the resultsof 28 years of research in a manner that would appeal both to the beginner (a graduate student who has just entered the field) and to the expert (who might have done research on some aspect of the subject for a decade or more). It is in three parts. Part I serves as an introduction with emphasison physical principles and simple mathematical models. Part II is a comprehensive account of all the major advances. Its main merit is the organization of the material accompanied by a detailed list of references. Part III is concerned with the enormous range of potential applications.

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Photorefractive materials combine photoconductive and electro-optic properties: light affects their electrical conductivity; their optical properties (refractive index, etc.) are affected by applied electric fields.The aim of this book is to cover the vast range of phenomena occurring in Photorefractive Materials. For Physicists it is...

L. Solymar is at University of Oxford. D. J. Webb is at University of Kent.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:504 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.3 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198565011

ISBN - 13:9780198565017

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Table of Contents

Part I. A bird's eye view of photorefractive interactionsGeneral introduction1. Diffraction phenomena by static and dynamic gratings2. How light influences material properties3. How material properties influence lightPart II. Discussion of the physicsGeneral introduction4. A history of the photorefractive effect5. The materials equations6. The field equations for two-wave mixing7. Multi-wave mixing8. Spurious beams9. Six topics in search of a chapterPart III. ApplicationsGeneral introduction10. Image amplification and image processing11. Correlation and associative memoriesn 12Storage13. Other applicationsAppendix A Wave propagation in anisotropic materialsAppendix B The electro-optic effect including the piezo-electric contributionAppendix C Determination of photorefractive parametersBibliographyIndex

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'...one of the real strenghts of this book is that it is genuinely well written. The nature of the material is such that it will never be a light read, but the writing itself has such clarity that any difficulties in absorbing the material is intrinsic in material and not thepresentation....well thought out in terms of how the material is arranged...the book is well presented and a useful reference. For people in the active field, it does a fine job in placing their results in a strong experimental and theoretical context' Photonics Science Reviews