L-Histidine tetrafluoroborate: A solution-grown semiorganic crystal for nonlinear frequency conversion

H. O. Marcy, M. J. Rosker, L. F. Warren, P. H. Cunningham, C. A. Thomas, L. A. DeLoach, S. P. Velsko, C. A. Ebbers, J. H. Liao, M. G. Kanatzidis

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Abstract

The crystal structure, refractive indices, and phase-matching conditions for a new nonlinear optical material, L-histidine tetrafluoroborate (HFB), are reported. HFB grows readily, displays favorable mechanical characteristics, and has adequate birefringence to permit phase-matched parametric processes over much of its transparency range (250 nm to 1300 nm). The phase-matching loci and angular sensitivity for second-harmonic generation of 1064-nm light in single crystals of HFB were measured. The effective nonlinearity for HFB is comparable with that of β-barium borate (˜2 pm/V), and its angular sensitivity [δ(Δk)/δθ] is somewhat smaller.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252-254
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1995

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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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    Marcy, H. O., Rosker, M. J., Warren, L. F., Cunningham, P. H., Thomas, C. A., DeLoach, L. A., Velsko, S. P., Ebbers, C. A., Liao, J. H., & Kanatzidis, M. G. (1995). L-Histidine tetrafluoroborate: A solution-grown semiorganic crystal for nonlinear frequency conversion. Optics Letters, 20(3), 252-254. https://doi.org/10.1364/OL.20.000252