The influence of Rh doping on the light-induced properties of Bi 4Ge3O12 single crystals

V. Marinova*, D. Petrova, Shiuan-Huei Lin, M. L. Hsieh, Ken-Yuh Hsu

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The influence of different doping concentrations of rhodium on the light-induced and holographic properties of BGO crystal is investigated. It is found that Rh addition generates sufficient density of traps for photoinduced charge carriers such that holographic gratings are successfully recorded in the blue-green spectral range. The measured steady state diffraction efficiency at 514nm is 0.14%, which corresponds to a refractive index modulation of Δn∼1.5 × 10-6 for higher Rh concentration. A photochromic effect and nonlinear dependence of photoconductivity on light intensity are observed indicating deep level and shallow level contributions to the charge transport mechanism of Rh-doped BGO.

Original languageEnglish
Article number015201
JournalJournal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 8 Apr 2009


  • Dark conductivity
  • Holography
  • Optical properties
  • Photochromic effect
  • Photoconductivity

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