Abstract

An enhancement of the diffraction efficiency of holographic gratings in Bi12Ti0.76V0.24O20 crystals by a factor of almost 40 is obtained after recording by application of an external dc electric field and illumination with a spatially homogeneous light beam. The enhancement increases with increasing applied field, larger spatial frequency, and longer writing time of the holographic grating, and with intensity of the homogeneous illumination. A theoretical description of the enhancement effect is proposed, assuming a modulated photoconductivity, which is generated by a strongly modulated concentration of photorefractive traps or donors.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

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