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Studies on lithium L-ascorbate dihydrate: An interesting chiral nonlinear optical crystal

Rao, Raghavendra K and Bhat, HL and Elizabeth, Suja (2013) Studies on lithium L-ascorbate dihydrate: An interesting chiral nonlinear optical crystal. In: MATERIALS CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS, 137 (3). pp. 756-763.

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Lithium L-Ascorbate dihydrate (LLA) is a new metal organic nonlinear optical crystal belonging to the saccharide family. Single crystals of LLA were grown from aqueous solution. Solubility of the crystal has a positive temperature coefficient facilitating growth by slow cooling. Rietveld refinement was used to confirm the phase formation. The crystal has prismatic habit with (010), (001) and (10-1) prominent faces. Thermal analysis shows that the crystal is stable up to 102 degrees C. Transmission spectrum of the crystal extends from 302 nm to 1600 nm. Dielectric spectroscopic analysis revealed Cole Cole behaviour and prominent piezoelectric resonance peaks were observed in the range of 100-200 kHz. Second harmonic generation (SHG) conversion efficiency of up to 2.56 times that of a phase matched KDP crystal was achieved when the (010) plate of LLA single crystal was rotated about the +ve c axis, by 9.4 degrees in the clockwise direction. We also observed SHG conical sections which were attributed to noncollinear phase matching. The observation of the third conical section suggests very high birefringence and large nonlinear coefficients. A detailed study of surface laser damage showed that the crystal has high multiple damage thresholds of 9.7 GW cm(-2) and 42 GW cm(-2) at 1064 nm and 532 nm radiation respectively. (C) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to ELSEVIER SCIENCE SA, SWITZERLAND
Keywords: Optical materials;Crystal growth;Optical properties;Dielectric properties
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2013 08:31
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2013 08:31
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/45851

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