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Crystals 2017, 7(4), 95; doi:10.3390/cryst7040095

Borate-Based Ultraviolet and Deep-Ultraviolet Nonlinear Optical Crystals

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Center for Crystal R&D, Key Lab of Functional Crystals and Laser Technology of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China
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University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
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Academic Editors: Ning Ye and Rukang Li
Received: 28 January 2017 / Revised: 9 March 2017 / Accepted: 21 March 2017 / Published: 25 March 2017
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Abstract

Borates have long been recognized as a very important family of nonlinear optical (NLO) crystals, and have been widely used in the laser frequency-converting technology in ultraviolet (UV) and deep-ultraviolet (DUV) regions. In this work, the borate-based UV and DUV NLO crystals discovered in the recent decade are reviewed, and the structure–property relationship in the representative borate-based UV and DUV NLO crystals is analyzed. It is concluded that the optical properties of these crystals can be well explained directly from the types and spatial arrangements of B-O groups. The deduced mechanism understanding has significant implications for the exploration and design of new borate-based crystals with excellent UV and DUV NLO performance. View Full-Text
Keywords: borates; nonlinear optical (NLO) crystals; ultraviolet and deep-ultraviolet; structure-property relationship borates; nonlinear optical (NLO) crystals; ultraviolet and deep-ultraviolet; structure-property relationship
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Yang, Y.; Jiang, X.; Lin, Z.; Wu, Y. Borate-Based Ultraviolet and Deep-Ultraviolet Nonlinear Optical Crystals. Crystals 2017, 7, 95.

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