Scanning Microscopy


This paper reports a scanning electron microscope study of the interaction between the surface acoustic waves and regular domain structures in LiNbO3 crystals. The regular domain structures in LiNbO3 crystals were formed by the method of the thermo-electric treatment after growth. We investigated two modes of interaction: the surface-acoustic-waves propagate along and across the regular domain structures. It is shown that the regular domain structures in the first case can be used as an acoustical wave-guide, because the power-flow vector of the surface acoustic waves has the direction along the domain structure. Also we observed that the surface acoustic wave inverts the voltage contrast of the image in the scanning electron microscope by π during the process of the propagation across the domain walls.

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