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Crystal cut dependent H+ and Er3+ doping into lithium niobate and sapphire
Author(s): Jarmila Spirkova-Hradilova; Pavla Nekvindova; Jiri Vacik; Jarmila Cervena; Vratislav Perina; Anna Mackova; Josef Schroefel; Milos Budnar; Alenka Raspet; Benjamin Zorko; Primoz Pelicon
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Paper Abstract

We present the results of our systematic research into moderate temperature diffusion technologies of fabrication of optical waveguides in X- and Z-cuts of lithium niobate, i.e. annealed proton exchange (APE) and diffusion doping of erbium from melts containing erbium salts. Our experiments proved, that the X-cuts always contained much more incorporated dopants than the Z-cuts, indicating thus, that the incorporation mechanisms were not the simple ion- exchange ones. The 'layered pattern' of the X-cuts structure makes the vacant cleavage planes easily accessible for penetration of 'foreign' particles into the lithium niobate structure. That may explain much better readiness of the X- cuts to absorb in substantially higher rate the doping ions. The ion exchange diffusion mechanism in the X-cuts is then strongly accompanied by the interstitial diffusion of H+. To prove this hypotheses we studied the moderate- temperature diffusion into sapphire that is known to be extremely resistant to diffusion of foreign particles, but structure of that, D3d6, is very similar to the structure of lithium niobate. The doping was achieved by immersing the substrate wafers into reaction melt containing small amounts of erbium nitrate. In the 'X-cuts' sapphire there was found as much as 0.15 at percent of erbium, that is the concentration of erbium one order of magnitude higher than in the other cuts. Thus the possibility of localized doping of Er3+ ions into the sapphire single crystal wafers is for the first time demonstrated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 2001
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4277, Integrated Optics Devices V, (15 May 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.426796
Show Author Affiliations
Jarmila Spirkova-Hradilova, Prague Institute of Chemical Technology (Czech Republic)
Pavla Nekvindova, Prague Institute of Chemical Technology (Czech Republic)
Jiri Vacik, Nuclear Physics Institute (Czech Republic)
Jarmila Cervena, Nuclear Physics Institute (Czech Republic)
Vratislav Perina, Nuclear Physics Institute (Czech Republic)
Anna Mackova, Nuclear Physics Institute (Czech Republic)
Josef Schroefel, Czech Technical Univ. (Czech Republic)
Milos Budnar, Josef Stepan Institute (Slovenia)
Alenka Raspet, Josef Stepan Institute (Slovenia)
Benjamin Zorko, Josef Stepan Institute (Slovenia)
Primoz Pelicon, Josef Stepan Institute (Slovenia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4277:
Integrated Optics Devices V
Giancarlo C. Righini; Seppo Honkanen, Editor(s)

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