Special Issue "Nonlinear Optical Crystals"

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2016)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Ning Ye

Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Materials Chemistry and Physics, Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Science
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Interests: nonlinear optical crystals and devices

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The role of nonlinear optical (NLO) crystals is to generate tunable laser beams covering optical spectra regions by means of frequency conversion. Currently, the commercially available crystals are capable of harmonic generation in the region from UV to near-IR. Efforts have been made to grow high quality crystals to improve their laser performance in practical applications, and to discover new crystals to extend the spectra coverage into deep-UV and mid-IR region. These areas are the main reasons for producing the current Special Issue on “Nonlinear Optical Crystals”.

This Special Issue is intended to provide a unique international forum aimed at covering a broad description of research involving theoretical study of structure–property relations, as well as on design, growth, and characterization of NLO crystals. Scientists working in a wide range of disciplines are invited to contribute to this cause.

The topics summarized in the keywords cover broad examples of the larger number of sub-topics that could be covered. The volume is especially open for innovative contributions involving any of NLO/crystal aspects of the topics and/or sub-topics.

Prof. Dr. Ning Ye
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Nonlinear optical crystal
  • Crystal growth
  • Crystal structure
  • Structure–property relations

Published Papers (6 papers)

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Open AccessArticle A High Laser Damage Threshold and a Good Second-Harmonic Generation Response in a New Infrared NLO Material: LiSm3SiS7
Crystals 2016, 6(10), 121; doi:10.3390/cryst6100121
Received: 29 June 2016 / Revised: 16 September 2016 / Accepted: 19 September 2016 / Published: 23 September 2016
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A series of new infrared nonlinear optical (IR NLO) materials, LiRe3MS7 (Re = Sm, Gd; M = Si, Ge), have been successfully synthesized in vacuum-sealed silica tubes via a high-temperature solid-state method. All of them crystallize in the non-centrosymmetric space
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A series of new infrared nonlinear optical (IR NLO) materials, LiRe3MS7 (Re = Sm, Gd; M = Si, Ge), have been successfully synthesized in vacuum-sealed silica tubes via a high-temperature solid-state method. All of them crystallize in the non-centrosymmetric space group P63 of the hexagonal system. In their structures, LiS6 octahedra connect with each other by sharing common faces to form infinite isolated one-dimensional [LiS3]n chains along the 63 axis. ReS8 polyhedra share edges and corners to construct a three-dimensional tunnel structure with [LiS3]n chains located inside. Remarkably, LiSm3SiS7 shows promising potential as one new IR NLO candidate, including a wide IR transparent region (0.44–21 μm), a high laser damage threshold (LDT) (3.7 × benchmark AgGaS2), and a good NLO response (1.5 × AgGaS2) at a particle size between 88 μm and 105 μm. Dipole-moment calculation was also used to analyze the origin of NLO responses for title compounds. Full article
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Open AccessFeature PaperCommunication Packing of Helices: Is Chirality the Highest Crystallographic Symmetry?
Crystals 2016, 6(9), 106; doi:10.3390/cryst6090106
Received: 31 July 2016 / Revised: 16 August 2016 / Accepted: 22 August 2016 / Published: 30 August 2016
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Chiral structures resulting from the packing of helices are common in biological and synthetic materials. Herein, we analyze the noncentrosymmetry (NCS) in such systems using crystallographic considerations. A comparison of the chiral structures built from helices shows that the chirality can be expected
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Chiral structures resulting from the packing of helices are common in biological and synthetic materials. Herein, we analyze the noncentrosymmetry (NCS) in such systems using crystallographic considerations. A comparison of the chiral structures built from helices shows that the chirality can be expected for specific building units such as 31/32 or 61/65 helices which, in hexagonal arrangement, will more likely lead to a chiral resolution. In these two systems, we show that the highest crystallographic symmetry (i.e., the symmetry which can describe the crystal structure from the smallest assymetric unit) is chiral. As an illustration, we present the synthesis of two materials ([Zn(2,2’-bpy)3](NbF6)2 and [Zn(2,2’-bpy)3](TaF6)2) in which the 3n helices pack into a chiral structure. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Properties of LiGa0.5In0.5Se2: A Quaternary Chalcogenide Crystal for Nonlinear Optical Applications in the Mid-IR
Crystals 2016, 6(8), 85; doi:10.3390/cryst6080085
Received: 22 June 2016 / Revised: 19 July 2016 / Accepted: 22 July 2016 / Published: 28 July 2016
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LiGaSe2 (LGSe) and LiInSe2 (LISe) are wide band-gap nonlinear crystals transparent in the mid-IR spectral range. LiGa0.5In0.5Se2 (LGISe) is a new mixed crystal, a solid solution in the system LGSe–LISe, which exhibits the same orthorhombic structure
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LiGaSe2 (LGSe) and LiInSe2 (LISe) are wide band-gap nonlinear crystals transparent in the mid-IR spectral range. LiGa0.5In0.5Se2 (LGISe) is a new mixed crystal, a solid solution in the system LGSe–LISe, which exhibits the same orthorhombic structure (mm2) as the parent compounds in the same time being more technological with regard to the growth process. In comparison with LGSe and LISe its homogeneity range is broader in the phase diagram. About 10% of the Li ions in LGISe occupy octahedral positions (octapores) with coordination number of 3. The band-gap of LGISe is estimated to be 2.94 eV at room temperature and 3.04 eV at 80 K. The transparency at the 0-level extends from 0.47 to 13 µm. LGISe crystals exhibit luminescence in broad bands centered near 1.7 and 1.25 eV which is excited most effectively by band-to-band transition. From the measured principal refractive indices and the fitted Sellmeier equations second-harmonic generation from 1.75 to 11.8 μm (fundamental wavelength) is predicted. The nonlinear coefficients of LGISe have values between those of LGSe and LISe. 6LGISe crystals are considered promising also for detection of thermal neutrons. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Crystal Growth and Associated Properties of a Nonlinear Optical Crystal—Ba2Zn(BO3)2
Crystals 2016, 6(6), 68; doi:10.3390/cryst6060068
Received: 25 May 2016 / Revised: 8 June 2016 / Accepted: 10 June 2016 / Published: 15 June 2016
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Crystals of Ba2Zn(BO3)2 were grown by the top-seeded solution growth (TSSG) method. The optimum flux system for growing Ba2Zn(BO3)2 crystals was 2BaF2:2.5B2O3. The transmission spectra of a
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Crystals of Ba2Zn(BO3)2 were grown by the top-seeded solution growth (TSSG) method. The optimum flux system for growing Ba2Zn(BO3)2 crystals was 2BaF2:2.5B2O3. The transmission spectra of a (100)-orientated crystal indicated an absorption edge of 230 nm. Powder second-harmonic generation measurement revealed that Ba2Zn(BO3)2 can achieve type-I phase matching behavior at the fundamental wavelengths of 1064 and 532 nm respectively. The second-harmonic generating efficiency is around 0.85 and 0.58 times that of β-BaB2O4 when radiated with 1064 and 532 nm lasers. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Rb2Na(NO3)3: A Congruently Melting UV-NLO Crystal with a Very Strong Second-Harmonic Generation Response
Crystals 2016, 6(4), 42; doi:10.3390/cryst6040042
Received: 26 January 2016 / Revised: 26 March 2016 / Accepted: 7 April 2016 / Published: 13 April 2016
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Crystals of congruently melting noncentrosymmetric (NCS) mixed alkali metal nitrate, Rb2Na(NO3)3, have been grown through solid state reactions. The material possesses layers with NaO8 hexagonal bipyramids and NO3 triangular units. Rb+ cations are residing
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Crystals of congruently melting noncentrosymmetric (NCS) mixed alkali metal nitrate, Rb2Na(NO3)3, have been grown through solid state reactions. The material possesses layers with NaO8 hexagonal bipyramids and NO3 triangular units. Rb+ cations are residing in the interlayer space. Each NaO8 hexagonal bipyramid shares its corners and edges with two and three NO3 units, respectively, in order to fulfill a highly dense stacking in the unit cell. The NaO8 groups share their six oxygen atoms in equatorial positions with three different NO3 groups to generate a NaO6-NO3 layer with a parallel alignment. The optimized arrangement of the NO3 groups and their high density in the structure together produce a strong second-harmonic generation (SHG) response. Powder SHG measurements indicate that Rb2Na(NO3)3 has a strong SHG efficiency of five times that of KH2PO4 (KDP) and is type I phase-matchable. The calculated average nonlinear optical (NLO) susceptibility of Rb2Na(NO3)3 turns out to be the largest value among the NLO materials composed of only [NO3] anion. In addition, Rb2Na(NO3)3 exhibits a wide transparency region ranging from UV to near IR, which suggests that the compound is a promising NLO material. Full article
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Open AccessReview Molecular Structures and Second-Order Nonlinear Optical Properties of Ionic Organic Crystal Materials
Crystals 2016, 6(12), 158; doi:10.3390/cryst6120158
Received: 1 September 2016 / Revised: 16 November 2016 / Accepted: 25 November 2016 / Published: 14 December 2016
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In recent years, there has been extensive research and continuous development on second-order nonlinear optical (NLO) crystal materials due to their potential applications in telecommunications, THz imaging and spectroscopy, optical information processing, and optical data storage. Recent progress in second-order NLO ionic organic
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In recent years, there has been extensive research and continuous development on second-order nonlinear optical (NLO) crystal materials due to their potential applications in telecommunications, THz imaging and spectroscopy, optical information processing, and optical data storage. Recent progress in second-order NLO ionic organic crystal materials is reviewed in this article. Research has shown that the second-order nonlinear optical properties of organic crystal materials are closely related to their molecular structures. The basic structures of ionic organic conjugated molecules with excellent nonlinear optical properties are summarized. The effects of molecular structure, for example, conjugated π electron systems, electronic properties of donor-acceptor groups, and different counter-anion effects on second order NLO properties and crystal packing are studied. Full article
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