Crystallography Journals Online : IUCR Backfile Archive 1948-2001
In situ white-beam synchrotron radiation topographic observations under an electric field have been made on the KTiOPO4 (KTP) family of crystals. The investigation shows a strong enhancement of diffracted intensity for hkl reflections (l ≠ 0) and topographic contrast in the form of fine striations when the external electric field is parallel to the polar axis. Several kinds of doped and undoped samples with various grown-in defects, such as domain boundaries, growth striations, growth-sector boundaries, dislocations, etc., have been studied in detail. The results suggest that these defects have very little effect on the field-induced striations. It is believed that the movement of K^+ ions driven by the electric field leads to a local accumulation of charges and a lattice distortion. The strongly anisotropic conductivity is a governing factor in the explanation of the field-related phenomena in this kind of quasi-one-dimensional conductor.
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