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  1. Submicron diameter single crystal sapphire optical fiber

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    Hill, Cary; Homa, Daniel; Liu, Bo; Yu, Zhihao; Wang, Anbo; Pickrell, Gary

    2014-10-02

    In this work, a submicron-diameter single crystal sapphire optical fiber was demonstrated via wet acid etching at elevated temperatures. Etch rates on the order 2.3 µm/hr were achievable with a 3:1 molar ratio sulfuric-phosphoric acid solution maintained at a temperature of 343°C. A sapphire fiber with an approximate diameter of 800 nm was successfully fabricated from a commercially available fiber with an original diameter of 50 µm. The simple and controllable etching technique provides a feasible approach to the fabrication of unique waveguide structures via traditional silica masking techniques. The ability to tailor the geometry of sapphire optical fibers is the first step in achieving optical and sensing performance on par with its fused silica counterpart.

  2. Submicron diameter single crystal sapphire optical fiber

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    Hill, Cary; Homa, Daniel; Liu, Bo; Yu, Zhihao; Wang, Anbo; Pickrell, Gary

    2014-10-02

    In this work, a submicron-diameter single crystal sapphire optical fiber was demonstrated via wet acid etching at elevated temperatures. Etch rates on the order 2.3 µm/hr were achievable with a 3:1 molar ratio sulfuric-phosphoric acid solution maintained at a temperature of 343°C. A sapphire fiber with an approximate diameter of 800 nm was successfully fabricated from a commercially available fiber with an original diameter of 50 µm. The simple and controllable etching technique provides a feasible approach to the fabrication of unique waveguide structures via traditional silica masking techniques. The ability to tailor the geometry of sapphire optical fibers ismore » the first step in achieving optical and sensing performance on par with its fused silica counterpart.« less

  3. Single Crystal Sapphire Optical Fiber Sensor Instrumentation

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    Anbo Wang; Russell May; Gary R. Pickrell

    2000-10-28

    The goal of this 30 month program is to develop reliable accurate temperature sensors based on single crystal sapphire materials that can withstand the temperatures and corrosive agents present within the gasifier environment. The research for this reporting period has been segregated into two parallel paths--corrosion resistance measurements for single crystal sapphire fibers and investigation of single crystal sapphire sensor configurations. The ultimate goal of this phase one segment is to design, develop and demonstrate on a laboratory scale a suitable temperature measurement device that can be field tested in phase two of the program.

  4. Modal reduction in single crystal sapphire optical fiber

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    Cheng, Yujie; Hill, Cary; Liu, Bo; Yu, Zhihao; Xuan, Haifeng; Homa, Daniel; Wang, Anbo; Pickrell, Gary

    2015-10-01

    A type of single crystal sapphire optical fiber (SCSF) design is proposed to reduce the number of guided modes via a highly dispersive cladding with a periodic array of high- and low-index regions in the azimuthal direction. The structure retains a "core" region of pure single crystal (SC) sapphire in the center of the fiber and a "cladding" region of alternating layers of air and SC sapphire in the azimuthal direction that is uniform in the radial direction. The modal characteristics and confinement losses of the fundamental mode were analyzed via the finite element method by varying the effective core diameter and the dimensions of the "windmill"-shaped cladding. The simulation results showed that the number of guided modes was significantly reduced in the windmill fiber design, as the radial dimension of the air and SC sapphire cladding regions increase with corresponding decrease in the azimuthal dimension. It is anticipated that the windmill SCSF will readily improve the performance of current fiber optic sensors in the harsh environment and potentially enable those that were limited by the extremely large modal volume of unclad SCSF.

  5. Modal reduction in single crystal sapphire optical fiber

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    Cheng, Yujie; Hill, Cary; Liu, Bo; Yu, Zhihao; Xuan, Haifeng; Homa, Daniel; Wang, Anbo; Pickrell, Gary

    2015-10-12

    A new type of single crystal sapphire optical fiber (SCSF) design is proposed to reduce the number of guided modes via a highly dispersive cladding with a periodic array of high and low index regions in the azimuthal direction. The structure retains a “core” region of pure single crystal (SC) sapphire in the center of the fiber and a “cladding” region of alternating layers of air and SC sapphire in the azimuthal direction that is uniform in the radial direction. The modal characteristics and confinement losses of the fundamental mode were analyzed via the finite element method by varying the effective core diameter and the dimensions of the “windmill” shaped cladding. The simulation results showed that the number of guided modes were significantly reduced in the “windmill” fiber design, as the radial dimension of the air and SC sapphire cladding regions increase with corresponding decrease in the azimuthal dimension. It is anticipated that the “windmill” SCSF will readily improve the performance of current fiber optic sensors in the harsh environment and potentially enable those that were limited by the extremely large modal volume of unclad SCSF.

  6. Modal reduction in single crystal sapphire optical fiber

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    Cheng, Yujie; Hill, Cary; Liu, Bo; Yu, Zhihao; Xuan, Haifeng; Homa, Daniel; Wang, Anbo; Pickrell, Gary

    2015-10-12

    A new type of single crystal sapphire optical fiber (SCSF) design is proposed to reduce the number of guided modes via a highly dispersive cladding with a periodic array of high and low index regions in the azimuthal direction. The structure retains a “core” region of pure single crystal (SC) sapphire in the center of the fiber and a “cladding” region of alternating layers of air and SC sapphire in the azimuthal direction that is uniform in the radial direction. The modal characteristics and confinement losses of the fundamental mode were analyzed via the finite element method by varying themore » effective core diameter and the dimensions of the “windmill” shaped cladding. The simulation results showed that the number of guided modes were significantly reduced in the “windmill” fiber design, as the radial dimension of the air and SC sapphire cladding regions increase with corresponding decrease in the azimuthal dimension. It is anticipated that the “windmill” SCSF will readily improve the performance of current fiber optic sensors in the harsh environment and potentially enable those that were limited by the extremely large modal volume of unclad SCSF.« less

  7. Single-Crystal Sapphire Optical Fiber Sensor Instrumentation

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    Pickrell, Gary; Scott, Brian; Wang, Anbo; Yu, Zhihao

    2013-12-31

    This report summarizes technical progress on the program “Single-Crystal Sapphire Optical Fiber Sensor Instrumentation,” funded by the National Energy Technology Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, and performed by the Center for Photonics Technology of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. This project was completed in three phases, each with a separate focus. Phase I of the program, from October 1999 to April 2002, was devoted to development of sensing schema for use in high temperature, harsh environments. Different sensing designs were proposed and tested in the laboratory. Phase II of the program, from April 2002 to April 2009, focused on bringing the sensor technologies, which had already been successfully demonstrated in the laboratory, to a level where the sensors could be deployed in harsh industrial environments and eventually become commercially viable through a series of field tests. Also, a new sensing scheme was developed and tested with numerous advantages over all previous ones in Phase II. Phase III of the program, September 2009 to December 2013, focused on development of the new sensing scheme for field testing in conjunction with materials engineering of the improved sensor packaging lifetimes. In Phase I, three different sensing principles were studied: sapphire air-gap extrinsic Fabry-Perot sensors; intensity-based polarimetric sensors; and broadband polarimetric sensors. Black body radiation tests and corrosion tests were also performed in this phase. The outcome of the first phase of this program was the selection of broadband polarimetric differential interferometry (BPDI) for further prototype instrumentation development. This approach is based on the measurement of the optical path difference (OPD) between two orthogonally polarized light beams in a single-crystal sapphire disk. At the beginning of Phase II, in June 2004, the BPDI sensor was tested at the Wabash River coal gasifier

  8. SINGLE-CRYSTAL SAPPHIRE OPTICAL FIBER SENSOR INSTRUMENTATION

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    A. Wang; G. Pickrell; R. May

    2002-09-10

    Accurate measurement of temperature is essential for the safe and efficient operation and control of a wide range of industrial processes. Appropriate techniques and instrumentation are needed depending on the temperature measurement requirements in different industrial processes and working environments. Harsh environments are common in many industrial applications. These harsh environments may involve extreme physical conditions, such as high-temperature, high-pressure, corrosive agents, toxicity, strong electromagnetic interference, and high-energy radiation exposure. Due to these severe environmental conditions, conventional temperature sensors are often difficult to apply. This situation has opened a new but challenging opportunity for the sensor society to provide robust, high-performance, and cost-effective temperature sensors capable of operating in those harsh environments. The focus of this research program has been to develop a temperature measurement system for temperature measurements in the primary and secondary stages of slagging gasifiers. For this application the temperature measurement system must be able to withstand the extremely harsh environment posed by the high temperatures and corrosive agents present in these systems. Real-time, accurate and reliable monitoring of temperature for the coal gasification process is important to realize the full economic potential of these gasification systems. Long life and stability of operation in the high temperature environment is essential for the temperature measurement system to ensure the continuous running of the coal gasification system over the long term. In this high temperature and chemically corrosive environment, rather limited high temperature measurement techniques such as high temperature thermocouples and optical/acoustic pyrometers are available, each with their own limitations. In this research program, five different temperature sensing schemes based on the single crystal sapphire

  9. Sapphire shaped crystals for medicine

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    Shikunova, A.; Kurlov, V. N.

    2016-01-01

    The favorable combination of excellent optical and mechanical properties of sapphire makes it an attractive structural material for medicine. We have developed a new kind of medical instruments and devices for laser photodynamic and thermal therapy, laser surgery, fluorescent diagnostics, and cryosurgery based on sapphire crystals of various shapes with capillary channels in their volume.

  10. Light refraction in sapphire plates with a variable angle of crystal optical axis to the surface

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    Vetrov, V. N. Ignatenkov, B. A.

    2013-05-15

    The modification of sapphire by inhomogeneous plastic deformation makes it possible to obtain plates with a variable angle of inclination of the crystal optical axis to the plate surface. The refraction of light in this plate at perpendicular and oblique incidence of a parallel beam of rays is considered. The algorithm of calculating the refractive index of extraordinary ray and the birefringence is proposed.

  11. Design and analysis of large-core single-mode windmill single crystal sapphire optical fiber

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    Cheng, Yujie; Hill, Cary; Liu, Bo; Yu, Zhihao; Xuan, Haifeng; Homa, Daniel; Wang, Anbo; Pickrell, Gary

    2016-06-01

    We present a large-core single-mode "windmill" single crystal sapphire optical fiber (SCSF) design, which exhibits single-mode operation by stripping off the higher-order modes (HOMs) while maintaining the fundamental mode. The "windmill" SCSF design was analyzed using the finite element analysis method, in which all the HOMs are leaky. The numerical simulation results show single-mode operation in the spectral range from 0.4 to 2 μm in the windmill SCSF, with an effective core diameter as large as 14 μm. Such fiber is expected to improve the performance of many of the current sapphire fiber optic sensor structures.

  12. Single-crystal sapphire tubes as economical probes for optical pyrometry in harsh environments

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    Ruzicka, Jakub; Houzvicka, Jindrich; Bok, Jiri; Praus, Petr; Mojzes, Peter

    2011-12-20

    One-end-sealed single-crystal sapphire tubes are presented as a simple, robust, and economical alternative for bulky lightpipe probes. Thermal radiation from a blackbody cavity created at the inner surface of the sealed end is gathered by a simple lens-based collecting system and transmitted via optical fiber to the remote detection unit. Simplicity and applicability of the concept are demonstrated by the combination of commercially available sapphire tubes with a common optical pyrometer. Radiation thermometers with sapphire tubes as invasive probes can be useful for applications requiring immunity to electromagnetic interference, resistance to harsh environments, simple replacement in the case of failure, and enhanced mechanical firmness, enabling wider range probe positioning inside the medium of interest.

  13. Design and analysis of large-core single-mode windmill single crystal sapphire optical fiber

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    Cheng, Yujie; Hill, Cary; Liu, Bo; Yu, Zhihao; Xuan, Haifeng; Homa, Daniel; Wang, Anbo; Pickrell, Gary

    2016-06-01

    We present a large-core single-mode “windmill” single crystal sapphire optical fiber (SCSF) design, which exhibits single-mode operation by stripping off the higher-order modes (HOMs) while maintaining the fundamental mode. The “windmill” SCSF design was analyzed using the finite element analysis method, in which all the HOMs are leaky. The numerical simulation results show single-mode operation in the spectral range from 0.4 to 2 μm in the windmill SCSF, with an effective core diameter as large as 14 μm. Such fiber is expected to improve the performance of many of the current sapphire fiber optic sensor structures.

  14. Morphological stability of sapphire crystallization front

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    Baranov, V. V.; Nizhankovskyi, S. V.

    2016-03-01

    The main factors and specificity of growth conditions for sapphire and Ti:sapphire crystals, which affect the morphological stability of the crystal-melt interface, have been investigated with allowance for the concentration and radiative melt supercooling. It is shown that the critical sapphire growth rate is determined to a great extent by the optical transparency of the melt and the mixing conditions near the crystallization front.

  15. Tunable integrated optical filters based on sapphire microspheres and liquid crystals

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    Gilardi, Giovanni; Yilmaz, Hasan; Sharif Murib, Mohammed; Asquini, Rita; d'Alessandro, Antonio; Serpengüzel, Ali; Beccherelli, Romeo

    2010-05-01

    We present an integrated optical narrowband electrically tunable filter based on the whispering gallery modes of sapphire microspheres and double ion-exchanged channel BK7 glass waveguides. Tuning is provided by a liquid crystal infiltrated between the spheres and the glass substrate. By suitably choosing the radii of the spheres and of the circular apertures, upon which the spheres are positioned, arrays of different filters can be realized on the same substrate with a low cost industrial process. We evaluate the performance in terms of quality factor, mode spacing, and tuning range by comparing the numerical results obtained by the numerical finite element modeling approach and with the analytical approach of the Generalized Lorenz-Mie Theory for various design parameters. By reorienting the LC in an external electrical field, we demonstrate the tuning of the spectral response of the sapphire microsphere based filter. We find that the value of the mode spacing remains nearly unchanged for the different values of the applied electric field. An increase of the applied electric field strength, changes the refractive index of the liquid crystal, so that for a fixed geometry the mode spacing remains unchanged.

  16. ON-LINE SELF-CALIBRATING SINGLE CRYSTAL SAPPHIRE OPTICAL SENSOR INSTRUMENTATION FOR ACCURATE AND RELIABLE COAL GASIFIER TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT

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    Kristie Cooper; Gary Pickrell; Anbo Wang

    2003-04-01

    This report summarizes technical progress over the first six months of the Phase II program ''On-Line Self-Calibrating Single Crystal Sapphire Optical Sensor Instrumentation for Accurate and Reliable Coal Gasifier Temperature Measurement'', funded by the Federal Energy Technology Center of the U.S. Department of Energy, and performed by the Center for Photonics Technology of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. The outcome of the first phase of this program was the selection of broadband polarimetric differential interferometry (BPDI) for further prototype instrumentation development. This approach is based on the measurement of the optical path difference (OPD) between two orthogonally polarized light beams in a single-crystal sapphire disk. The objective of this program is to bring the BPDI sensor technology, which has already been demonstrated in the laboratory, to a level where the sensor can be deployed in the harsh industrial environments and will become commercially viable. Research efforts were focused on analyzing and testing factors that impact performance degradation of the initially designed sensor prototype, including sensing element movement within the sensing probe and optical signal quality degradation. Based these results, a new version of the sensing system was designed by combining the sapphire disk sensing element and the single crystal zirconia right angle light reflector into one novel single crystal sapphire right angle prism. The new sensor prototype was tested up to 1650 C.

  17. ON-LINE SELF-CALIBRATING SINGLE CRYSTAL SAPPHIRE OPTICAL SENSOR INSTRUMENTATION FOR ACCURATE AND RELIABLE COAL GASIFIER TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT

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    Kristie Cooper; Gary Pickrell; Anbo Wang

    2003-11-01

    This report summarizes technical progress over the second six month period of the Phase II program ''On-Line Self-Calibrating Single Crystal Sapphire Optical Sensor Instrumentation for Accurate and Reliable Coal Gasifier Temperature Measurement'', funded by the Federal Energy Technology Center of the U.S. Department of Energy, and performed by the Center for Photonics Technology of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. The outcome of the first phase of this program was the selection of broadband polarimetric differential interferometry (BPDI) for further prototype instrumentation development. This approach is based on the measurement of the optical path difference (OPD) between two orthogonally polarized light beams in a single-crystal sapphire disk. The objective of this program is to bring the BPDI sensor technology, which has already been demonstrated in the laboratory, to a level where the sensor can be deployed in the harsh industrial environments and will become commercially viable. Research efforts were focused on evaluating corrosion effects in single crystal sapphire at temperatures up to 1400 C, and designing the sensor mechanical packaging with input from Wabash River Power Plant. Upcoming meetings will establish details for the gasifier field test.

  18. Optical anomalies and residual stresses in basal-plane-faceted ribbons of Stepanov-grown sapphire crystals

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    Denisov, A. V.; Krymov, V. M.; Punin, Yu. O.

    2007-03-01

    The effects of an anomalous biaxiality and a residual-stress field in basal-plane-faceted single-crystal sapphire ribbons were studied by an optical polarization method using a conoscopic light beam. Formulas that relate the difference between the principal stresses to the angle of optical-axis divergence are obtained. It is shown that the central regions of the ribbons undergo compressive stresses whereas their edges undergo tensile stresses. As compared to block-free ribbons, the stresses in block-containing ribbons increase more intensely with distance from the seed.

  19. On-Line Self-Calibrating Single Crystal Sapphire Optical Sensor Instrumentation for Accurate and Reliable Coal Gasifier Temperature Measurement

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    Kristie Cooper; Anbo Wang

    2007-03-31

    This report summarizes technical progress October 2006 - March 2007 on the Phase II program ''On-Line Self-Calibrating Single Crystal Sapphire Optical Sensor Instrumentation for Accurate and Reliable Coal Gasifier Temperature Measurement'', funded by the Federal Energy Technology Center of the U.S. Department of Energy, and performed by the Center for Photonics Technology of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. The outcome of the first phase of this program was the selection of broadband polarimetric differential interferometry (BPDI) for further prototype instrumentation development. This approach is based on the measurement of the optical path difference (OPD) between two orthogonally polarized light beams in a single-crystal sapphire disk. During the second phase, an alternative high temperature sensing system based on Fabry-Perot interferometry was developed that offers a number of advantages over the BPDI solution. The objective of this program is to bring the sensor technology, which has already been demonstrated in the laboratory, to a level where the sensor can be deployed in the harsh industrial environments and will become commercially viable. The sapphire wafer-based interferometric sensing system that was installed at TECO's Polk Power Station remained in operation for seven months. Our efforts have been focused on monitoring and analyzing the real-time data collected, and preparing for a second field test.

  20. Optical mode confinement and selection in single-crystal sapphire fibers by formation of nanometer scale cavities with hydrogen ion implantation

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    Spratt, William; Huang, Mengbing; Murray, Thomas; Xia, Hua

    2013-11-01

    The excellent material properties of single crystal sapphire fibers promise great advantages in applications related to harsh environment optical sensing, high laser power delivery, and high-resolution/sensitivity optical spectroscopy. However, the lack of viable cladding for confining light propagation in sapphire fibers with negligible transmission loss has restricted their practical applications. Despite great efforts in engineering either a low-refractive-index cladding layer or highly reflective mirror layer as sapphire fiber surface coatings, confining light propagation within sapphire fibers remains difficult in practice since such surface coatings fail to function due to increased thermal stress and fast erosion in environments with extremely high temperatures (>1000 °C) and chemically reactive species/gases. Here, we demonstrate a method for creating nanoscale cavities/voids in sapphire as effective fiber cladding structures that are thermally robust even at 1700 °C using hydrogen ion implantation. Material analysis of implanted sapphire crystals indicates that such nanoscale cavities play a key role in reducing the refractive index in sapphire crystals.

  1. ON-LINE SELF-CALIBRATING SINGLE CRYSTAL SAPPHIRE OPTICAL SENSOR INSTRUMENTATION FOR ACCURATE AND RELIABLE COAL GASIFIER TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT

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    Kristie Cooper; Gary Pickrell; Anbo Wang; Zhengyu Huang

    2004-04-01

    This report summarizes technical progress over the third six month period of the Phase II program ''On-Line Self-Calibrating Single Crystal Sapphire Optical Sensor Instrumentation for Accurate and Reliable Coal Gasifier Temperature Measurement'', funded by the Federal Energy Technology Center of the U.S. Department of Energy, and performed by the Center for Photonics Technology of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. The outcome of the first phase of this program was the selection of broadband polarimetric differential interferometry (BPDI) for further prototype instrumentation development. This approach is based on the measurement of the optical path difference (OPD) between two orthogonally polarized light beams in a single-crystal sapphire disk. The objective of this program is to bring the BPDI sensor technology, which has already been demonstrated in the laboratory, to a level where the sensor can be deployed in the harsh industrial environments and will become commercially viable. Research efforts were focused on sensor probe design and machining, sensor electronics design, software algorithm design, sensor field installation procedures, and sensor remote data access and control. Field testing will begin in the next several weeks.

  2. On-Line Self-Calibrating Single Crystal Sapphire Optical Sensor Instrumentation for Accurate and Reliable Coal Gasifier Temperature Measurement

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    Kristie Cooper; Gary Pickrell; Anbo Wang

    2005-11-01

    This report summarizes technical progress April-September 2005 on the Phase II program ''On-Line Self-Calibrating Single Crystal Sapphire Optical Sensor Instrumentation for Accurate and Reliable Coal Gasifier Temperature Measurement'', funded by the Federal Energy Technology Center of the U.S. Department of Energy, and performed by the Center for Photonics Technology of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. The outcome of the first phase of this program was the selection of broadband polarimetric differential interferometry (BPDI) for further prototype instrumentation development. This approach is based on the measurement of the optical path difference (OPD) between two orthogonally polarized light beams in a single-crystal sapphire disk. The objective of this program is to bring the sensor technology, which has already been demonstrated in the laboratory, to a level where the sensor can be deployed in the harsh industrial environments and will become commercially viable. Due to the difficulties described on the last report, field testing of the BPDI system has not continued to date. However, we have developed an alternative high temperature sensing solution, which is described in this report. The sensing system will be installed and tested at TECO's Polk Power Station. Following a site visit in June 2005, our efforts have been focused on preparing for that field test, including he design of the sensor mechanical packaging, sensor electronics, the data transfer module, and the necessary software codes to accommodate this application.. We are currently ready to start sensor fabrication.

  3. ON-LINE SELF-CALIBRATING SINGLE CRYSTAL SAPPHIRE OPTICAL SENSOR INSTRUMENTATION FOR ACCURATE AND RELIABLE COAL GASIFIER TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT

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    Kristie Cooper; Gary Pickrell; Anbo Wang; Zhengyu Huang; Yizheng Zhu

    2005-04-01

    This report summarizes technical progress October 2004-March 2005 on the Phase II program ''On-Line Self-Calibrating Single Crystal Sapphire Optical Sensor Instrumentation for Accurate and Reliable Coal Gasifier Temperature Measurement'', funded by the Federal Energy Technology Center of the U.S. Department of Energy, and performed by the Center for Photonics Technology of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. The outcome of the first phase of this program was the selection of broadband polarimetric differential interferometry (BPDI) for further prototype instrumentation development. This approach is based on the measurement of the optical path difference (OPD) between two orthogonally polarized light beams in a single-crystal sapphire disk. The objective of this program is to bring the BPDI sensor technology, which has already been demonstrated in the laboratory, to a level where the sensor can be deployed in the harsh industrial environments and will become commercially viable. Due to the difficulties described on the last report, field testing of the BPDI system has not continued to date. However, we have developed an alternative high temperature sensing solution, which is described in this report.

  4. Advances in sapphire optical fiber sensors

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    Wang, Anbo; Wang, George Z.; Gollapudi, Sridhar; May, Russell G.; Murphy, Kent A.; Claus, Richard O.

    1993-01-01

    We describe the development and testing of two sapphire fiber sensor designs intended for use in high temperature environments. The first is a birefringence-balanced polarimetric sapphire fiber sensor. In this sensor, two single crystal sapphire rods, acting as the birefringence sensing element, are connected to each other in such a way that the slow axis of the first rod is aligned along with the fast axis of the second rod, and the fast axis of the first rod is along the slow axis of the second rod. This sensor has been demonstrated for measurement of temperature up to 1500 C. The second is a sapphire-fiber-based intrinsic interferometric sensor. In this sensor, a length of uncoated, unclad, structural-graded multimode sapphire fiber is fusion spliced to a singlemode silica fiber to form a Fabry-Perot cavity. The reflections from the silica-to-sapphire fiber splice and the free endface of the sapphire fiber give rise to the interfering fringe output. This sensor has been demonstrated for the measurement of temperature above 1510 C, and a resolution of 0.1 C has been obtained.

  5. Anisotropy of sapphire single crystal sputtering

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    Minnebaev, K. F.; Tolpin, K. A.; Yurasova, V. E.

    2015-08-15

    We have studied the spatial distribution of particles sputtered from the base (0001) plane of a sapphire single crystal with trigonal crystalline lattice (α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) that can be considered a superposition of two hexagonal close packed (hcp) structures–the ideal sublattice of oxygen and a somewhat deformed sublattice of aluminum. It is established that the particles sputtered from the base plane of sapphire are predominantly deposited along the sides of an irregular hexagon with spots at its vertices. The patterns of spots have been also studied for sputtering of particles from the (0001) face of a zinc single crystal with the hcp lattice. The spots of sputtered Zn atoms are arranged at the vertices of concentric equilateral hexagons. In both cases, the observed anisotropy of sputtering is related to focused collisions (direct and assisted focusing) and the channeling process. The chemical composition of spots has been determined in various regions of sputtered sapphire deposition. The results are discussed in comparison to analogous earlier data for secondary ion emission from an α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} single crystal.

  6. Sapphire Fiber Optics Sensors for Engine Test Instrumentation

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    Janney, MA

    2003-09-19

    This document is the final report for the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between UT-Battelle and Prime Photonics, Inc. The purpose of this CRADA was to improve the properties of single crystal sapphire optical fibers for sensor applications. A reactive coating process was developed to form a magnesium aluminate spinel cladding on sapphire optical fibers. The resulting clad fiber had a numerical aperture, NA, of 0.09 as compared with 0.83 for the unclad fiber, dramatically enhancing its usefulness for sensor applications. Because the process allows one to control the diameter of the sapphire core within the fiber, it may be possible using this technology to develop waveguides that approach single-mode transmission character.

  7. Optical and crystalline characteristics of large EFG sapphire sheet

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    Bates, Herbert E.; Jones, Christopher D.; Locher, John W.

    2005-05-01

    Edge Defined Film-fed Growth (EFGTM) Saphikon® sapphire crystals have been grown as large, thick sheet. The sheet is then precision-polished and coated into an infrared or laser transmission compatible window. The sapphire windows are subsequently assembled into a multi-panel configuration for advanced targeting, navigation, or reconnaissance applications. As future aerospace programs will require windows with larger apertures, material characteristics and uniformity such as refractive index homogeneity will increase in importance. Optical measurements, x-ray topography data and rocking curve analysis are presented The crystalline properties as they relate to refractive index inhomogeneity and wave front distortion are discussed.

  8. Laser induced damage of sapphire and titanium doped sapphire crystals under femtosecond to nanosecond laser irradiation

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    Bussière, B.; Utéza, O.; Sanner, N.; Sentis, M.; Riboulet, G.; Vigroux, L.; Commandré, M.; Wagner, F.; Natoli, J.-Y.; Chambaret, J.-P.

    2009-10-01

    The use of large Ti:Sapphire crystals in ultra fast high peak power laser amplifiers makes crucial the problem of crystal laser induced damage. These works aim to quantify the laser induced damage threshold (LIDT) of Sapphire and Ti:Sapphire crystals under femtosecond, picosecond and nanosecond laser pulse irradiations, which are typically encountered in such laser chains. Furthermore, a study of the influence of cryogenic conditions on the LIDT of Ti:Sapphire crystals and of their anti-reflection coating has been performed. The results are important to understand the mechanisms leading to the damage, and to reveal the key parameters which will have to be optimized in future high peak power laser chains.

  9. Optical Extinction of Sapphire Shock Loaded to 250-260 GPa

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    Hare, D E; Webb, D J; Lee, S H; Holmes, N

    2001-08-21

    Sapphire, a common optical window material used in shock-compression studies, displays significant shock-induced optical emission and extinction. It is desirable to quantify such non-ideal window behavior to enhance the usefulness of sapphire in optical studies of opaque shock-compressed samples, such as metals. At the highest stresses we can achieve with a two-stage gas gun it is technically very difficult to study the optical properties of sapphire without the aid of some opaque backing material, hence one is invariably compelled to deconvolve the optical effects of the opaque surface and the sapphire. In an effort to optimize this deconvolution process, we have constructed sapphire/thin-film/sapphire samples using two basic types of thin films: one optimized to emit copious optical radiation (the hot-film sample), the other designed to yield minimal emission (the cold-film sample). This sample geometry makes it easy to maintain the same steady shock-stress in the sapphire window (255 GPa in our case) while varying the window/film interface temperature. A six-channel time-resolved optical pyrometer is used to measure the emission from the sample assemblies. Two different sapphire crystal orientations were evaluated. We also comment on finite thermal conductivity effects of the thin-film geometry on the interpretation of our data.

  10. Study of the crystal structure of silicon nanoislands on sapphire

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    Krivulin, N. O. Pirogov, A. V.; Pavlov, D. A.; Bobrov, A. I.

    2015-02-15

    The results of studies of the crystal structure of silicon nanoislands on sapphire are reported. It is shown that the principal defects in silicon nanoislands on sapphire are twinning defects. As a result of the formation of such defects, different crystallographic orientations are formed in silicon nanoislands on sapphire. In the initial stages of the molecular-beam epitaxy of silicon on sapphire, there are two basic orientations: the (001) orientation parallel to the surface and the (001) orientation at an angle of 70° to the surface.

  11. Liquid-crystal tunable filter based on sapphire microspheres.

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    Gilardi, Giovanni; Donisi, Domenico; Serpengüzel, Ali; Beccherelli, Romeo

    2009-11-01

    We design an integrated optoelectronic device based on the whispering-gallery modes of a sapphire microsphere integrated with a liquid-crystal tuning medium to produce a narrowband, electrically tunable, channel-dropping filter. The sapphire microsphere is glued over a diffused waveguide in a glass substrate. At the base of the microsphere, a small volume of liquid crystal is infiltrated. We numerically evaluate the performance of the device and demonstrate a voltage tuning of the narrowband resonances. PMID:19881558

  12. Numerical analysis of sapphire crystal growth by the Kyropoulos technique

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    Demina, S. E.; Bystrova, E. N.; Lukanina, M. A.; Mamedov, V. M.; Yuferev, V. S.; Eskov, E. V.; Nikolenko, M. V.; Postolov, V. S.; Kalaev, V. V.

    2007-09-01

    A numerical model has been suggested to analyze processes occurring during sapphire crystal growth by the Kyropoulos technique. The model accounts for the radiative heat exchange in the crystal and melt convection together with the crystallization front formation. The theoretical predictions agree well with available experimental data.

  13. Optical waveguide formed by cubic silicon carbide on sapphire substrates

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    Tang, Xiao; Wongchotigul, Kobchat; Spencer, Michael G.

    1991-01-01

    Optical confinement in beta silicon carbide (beta-SiC) thin films on sapphire substrate is demonstrated. Measurements are performed on waveguides formed by the mechanical transfer of thin beta-SiC films to sapphire. Recent results of epitaxial films of SiC on sapphire substrates attest to the technological viability of optoelectronic devices made from silicon carbide. Far-field mode patterns are shown. It is believed that this is the first step in validating a silicon carbide optoelectronic technology.

  14. Reduced cost and improved figure of sapphire optical components

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    Walters, Mark; Bartlett, Kevin; Brophy, Matthew R.; DeGroote Nelson, Jessica; Medicus, Kate

    2015-10-01

    Sapphire presents many challenges to optical manufacturers due to its high hardness and anisotropic properties. Long lead times and high prices are the typical result of such challenges. The cost of even a simple 'grind and shine' process can be prohibitive. The high precision surfaces required by optical sensor applications further exacerbate the challenge of processing sapphire thereby increasing cost further. Optimax has demonstrated a production process for such windows that delivers over 50% time reduction as compared to traditional manufacturing processes for sapphire, while producing windows with less than 1/5 wave rms figure error. Optimax's sapphire production process achieves significant improvement in cost by implementation of a controlled grinding process to present the best possible surface to the polishing equipment. Following the grinding process is a polishing process taking advantage of chemical interactions between slurry and substrate to deliver excellent removal rates and surface finish. Through experiments, the mechanics of the polishing process were also optimized to produce excellent optical figure. In addition to reducing the cost of producing large sapphire sensor windows, the grinding and polishing technology Optimax has developed aids in producing spherical sapphire components to better figure quality. In addition to reducing the cost of producing large sapphire sensor windows, the grinding and polishing technology Optimax has developed aids in producing spherical sapphire components to better figure quality. Through specially developed polishing slurries, the peak-to-valley figure error of spherical sapphire parts is reduced by over 80%.

  15. A peek into the history of sapphire crystal growth

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    Harris, Daniel C.

    2003-09-01

    After the chemical compositions of sapphire and ruby were unraveled in the middle of the 19th century, chemists set out to grow artificial crystals of these valuable gemstones. In 1885 a dealer in Geneva began to sell ruby that is now believed to have been created by flame fusion. Gemnologists rapidly concluded that the stones were artificial, but the Geneva ruby stimulated A. V. L. Verneuil in Paris to develop a flame fusion process to produce higher quality ruby and sapphire. By 1900 there was brisk demand for ruby manufactured by Verneuil's method, even though Verneuil did not publicly announce his work until 1902 and did not publish details until 1904. The Verneuil process was used with little alteration for the next 50 years. From 1932-1953, S. K. Popov in the Soviet Union established a capability for manufacturing high quality sapphire by the Verneuil process. In the U.S., under government contract, Linde Air Products Co. implemented the Verneuil process for ruby and sapphire when European sources were cut off during World War II. These materials were essential to the war effort for jewel bearings in precision instruments. In the 1960s and 1970s, the Czochralski process was implemented by Linde and its successor, Union Carbide, to make higher crystal quality material for ruby lasers. Stimulated by a government contract for structural fibers in 1966, H. LaBelle invented edge-defined film-fed growth (EFG). The Saphikon company, which is currently owned by Saint-Gobain, evolved from this effort. Independently and simultaneously, Stepanov developed edge-defined film-fed growth in the Soviet Union. In 1967 F. Schmid and D. Viechnicki at the Army Materials Research Lab grew sapphire by the heat exchanger method (HEM). Schmid went on to establish Crystal Systems, Inc. around this technology. Rotem Industries, founded in Israel in 1969, perfected the growth of sapphire hemispheres and near-net-shape domes by gradient solidification. In the U.S., growth of near

  16. Measurement of optical extinction coefficients in sapphire as a function of the shock pressure

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    Zhou, Xianming; Li, Jun; Li, Jiabo

    2009-06-01

    Sapphire has been extensively used as a window material for both optical and thermal property measurements of shocked materials. Its optical extinction characteristic under dynamic compression is crucial in understanding the measured physical behaviors. Here we demonstrated a quantitative study of the dynamic optical extinction of sapphire in the shock pressure range from 72 to 183 GPa. Along its <1000> orientation, the optical extinction coefficient (α) of sapphire crystal has been in-situ measured at several discrete wavelengths with an optical pyrometer incorporated with a shock-generated bright light source. The significant findings indicated that: (i) the α coefficient increases with the shock pressure but decreases with the wavelength, showing a quite different behavior from that observed in the low-pressure compression in the literature; (ii) the obtained linear relationship between the square-root of α coefficient and the photon energy can be well described by a Mie scattering calculation assuming a particle radii of ˜140nm, which suggests that the optical extinction of sapphire is attributed to a light scattering mechanism related with the shock-induced crack-net distribution in this strong brittle material. These quantitative extinction data have provided new insight into the decay nature of thermal radiance histories previously concerned at a metal/sapphire interface, which is crucial for inferring an interfacial equilibrium temperature.

  17. On-Orbit Results for Canada's Sapphire Optical Payload

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    Scott, A.; Hackett, J.

    2013-09-01

    Sapphire is the first Space Situational Awareness (SSA) satellite mission flown by Canada's Department of National Defence (DND). On February 25, 2013 Sapphire was successfully launched into a sun synchronous orbit at ~786 km altitude. The commissioning phase was a success and the Sapphire system is entering its operational phase. Canada and the United States signed an SSA Memorandum of Understanding on May 4, 2012. Under the agreement, data from DND's Sapphire satellite will be contributed to the U.S. Space Surveillance Network (SSN), enhancing the ability of both countries to detect and avoid the collision of critical space platforms with orbital debris. The Sapphire system is now collecting SSA data that will be shared with the SSN. This SSA partnership will strengthen the long standing defence relationship between the US and Canada and provide diversity in space based sensors at a time of fiscal constraint. The Sapphire satellite optical imaging payload was designed and built by COM DEV based around a small (13.25 cm) Three Mirror Anastigmat (TMA) telescope similar in design to the Space Based Visible sensor on the US Mid-Course Space Experiment satellite. The paper provides an overview of the design and operational performance of the Sapphire instrument, comparing the actual performance to the requirements. Based on lessons learned on this program we discuss potential improvements that would be feasible in a second generation Sapphire payload including the potential for using this sensor as a hosted payload in other applications.

  18. Crystal orientation dependence of polarized infrared reflectance response of hexagonal sapphire crystal

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    Lee, S. C.; Ng, S. S.; Abu Hassan, H.; Hassan, Z.; Dumelow, T.

    2014-11-01

    Polarized infrared (IR) reflectance responses of c-, a- and r-plane sapphire crystals were investigated. The sapphire crystals with differently oriented surfaces exhibited different reststrahlen features. Except for c-plane sapphire, the polarized IR reflectance responses were sensitive to the orientation of the samples. The spectral features for a- and r-plane sapphire crystals were modulated by just rotating the samples about their surface normal. To analyze the observations, a theoretical model for the polarized IR reflectivity that considers the effects of crystal orientation of a hexagonal crystal system was employed. Overall, the theoretical predictions were in good agreement with experimental data. The crystal orientation information deduced from the polarized IR reflectance spectra is consistent with that acquired from X-ray diffraction measurements.

  19. A century of sapphire crystal growth: origin of the EFG method

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    Harris, Daniel C.

    2009-08-01

    A. Verneuil developed flame fusion to grow sapphire and ruby on a commercial scale around 1890. Flame fusion was further perfected by Popov in the Soviet Union in the 1930s and by Linde Air Products Co. in the U.S. during World War II. Union Carbide Corp., the successor to Linde, developed Czochralski crystal growth for sapphire laser materials in the 1960s. Edge-Defined Film-Fed Growth (EFG) was invented by H. Labelle in the 1960s and the Heat Exchanger Method (HEM) was invented by F. Schmid and D. Viechnicki in 1967. Both methods were commercialized in the 1970s. Gradient solidification was invented in Israel in the 1970s by J. Makovsky. The Horizontal Directional Solidification Method (HDSM) was invented by Kh. S. Bagdasorov in the Soviet Union in the 1960s. Kyropoulos growth of sapphire, known as GOI crystal growth in the Soviet Union, was developed by M. Musatov at the State Optical Institute in St. Petersburg in the 1970s. Today, half of the world's sapphire is produced by the GOI method.

  20. Fabrication of Sapphire Micro Optics by F 2-Laser Ablation

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    Wiesner, Markus; Ihlemann, Jürgen

    F2-laser irradiation enables high precision ablation of sapphire. A mask projection system with high numerical aperture, equipped with an optical coherence tomography module for focus control, delivers submicron resolution. High fluences of up to 10 J/cm2 lead to smooth, crack free surfaces. Various micro-optical elements like fiber tip lenses, gratings, and diffractive optical elements can be manufactured this way.

  1. Polarized infrared attenuated total reflection study of sapphire crystals with different crystallographic planes

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    Lee, S. C.; Ng, S. S.; Hassan, H. Abu; Dumelow, T.

    2015-04-01

    Polarized infrared (IR) attenuated total reflection (ATR) measurements were performed on c- (polar) and r-plane (semi-polar) sapphire crystals. For c-plane sapphire crystal, spectral features due to the surface phonon polariton (SPhP) modes are only observable in the p-polarized ATR spectrum. Calculation of the SPhP dispersion spectra revealed that the SPhP modes of r-plane sapphire crystal are possible to be observed in both the s- and p-polarized ATR spectra. ATR measurements verified that excitation of the SPhP modes are still easier in the p-polarized ATR spectra. Taking into account the effects of anisotropy and the crystal orientation of hexagonal crystal system, the ATR spectra of r-plane sapphire crystal with arbitrary orientations were simulated. Through a best fit of experimental with simulated spectra, information about the crystal orientation of sapphire crystals was deduced.

  2. Thermal and optical behavior of sapphire fiber tips for laser angioplasty

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    Ashley, Simon; Brooks, Stephen G.; Gehani, Abdurrazak A.; Kester, Ralph C.; Rees, Michael R.

    1990-07-01

    Atraumatic rounded contact probes made from artificial sapphire crystal were developed for general laser surgery and are currently being evaluated for use in percutaneous laser angioplasty utilising continuous wave (cw) Nd-YAG energy (1064nm). The thermal and optical characteristics of five different types of rounded sapphire probe [Surgical Laser Technologies (SLT) - SMTR (1.8mm), MTh (2.2mm), MTRL (3.0mm); Living Technology - LT (2.2mm), OS (2.2mm)] were investigated and related to efficiency of contact ablation of arterial wall in vitro. The sapphire probes were mounted on catheters containing a 0.6 mm quartz optical fiber, coupled to a cw Nd-YAG laser. All probes produced a similar beam profile but there was some variation in their forward transmission of energy (54-85%).Probe heating occurs due to energy absorption within the sapphire and was measured in air by infrared thermography. There was a high temperature gradient from the front surface of the sapphires to the probe rim. But, at energy settings used clinically (10 J pulses, 10 Watts for 1 second) the SMTR, MTR, and MTRL probes exhibited a higher mean temperature rise (63-74 C) than the OS and LT probes (20 C) [3-way ANOVA psapphire temperature rise recorded after 5 seconds exposure at 20 Watts was 340 C, but at all energy settings sapphire temperatures were much lower than attained by metal probes. Furthermore, there was relatively little heating of the metal jacket behind the sapphires (maximum 35 C) reducing the risk of thermal injury to surrounding vessel. These properties enhanced contact ablation by the MTR probe relative to the other 2.2mm probes when applied with a downward force of 80 g, perpendicular to fresh porcine aortic segments immersed in whole blood. Penetration efficiencies at energy levels producing the most efficient ablation by each probe were as follows [mean (SD) microns/JI:- MTR 50 (7), LT 9 (5), 05 4 (2), (p

  3. Intense THz source based on BNA organic crystal pumped at Ti:sapphire wavelength

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    Shalaby, Mostafa; Vicario, Carlo; Thirupugalmani, Karunanithi; Brahadeeswaran, Srinivasan; Hauri, Christoph P.

    2016-04-01

    We report on high energy terahertz pulses by optical rectification (OR) in the organic crystal N-benzyl-2-methyl-4-nitroaniline (BNA) directly pumped by a conventional Ti:Sapphire (Ti:Sa) amplifier. The simple scheme provides an optical to terahertz conversion efficiency of 0.25% when pumped by a collimated laser pulses with duration of 50 fs and central wavelength of 800nm. The generated radiation spans frequencies between 0.2 and 3 THz. We measured the damage threshold as well as the dependency of the conversion efficiency on the pump fluence, pump wavelength, and pulse duration.

  4. Improvement of crystal quality and optical property in (11-22) semipolar InGaN/GaN LEDs grown on patterned m-plane sapphire substrate

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    Jang, Jongjin; Lee, Kwanhyun; Hwang, Junghwan; Jung, Joocheol; Lee, Seunga; Lee, Kyuho; Kong, Bohyun; Cho, Hyunghoun; Nam, Okhyun

    2012-12-01

    Semipolar GaN layers were grown on the m-plane hemispherical patterned sapphire substrates (HPSS) using metal organic chemical vapor deposition in order to reduce the defect density and enhance the extraction efficiency of light. The roughness values of the GaN surface grown on the planar sapphire and the HPSS were 30 and 23 nm root-mean-square roughness for a 20×20-μm2 area, respectively. The reduction of basal stacking fault density was demonstrated by x-ray rocking curve of off-axis planes and cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy. The low-temperature photoluminescence measurement showed that the near band-edge emission from HPSS semipolar GaN was approximately one order of magnitude stronger than that from planar semipolar GaN layer. The InGaN light emitting diode grown on the HPSS showed an output power approximately 1.5 times that on the planar m-sapphire.

  5. Effect of power arrangement on the crystal shape during the Kyropoulos sapphire crystal growth process

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    Chen, Chun-Hung; Chen, Jyh-Chen; Lu, Chung-Wei; Liu, Che-Ming

    2012-08-01

    The Kyropoulos (KY) method is commonly used to grow large sized sapphire single crystals. The shape of the sapphire crystal thus grown is determined by the heater arrangement and the power reduction history in the Kyropoulos furnace. In order to grow high-quality sapphire single crystal, the heater arrangement should allow different power inputs in different sections in order to control the thermal field in the melt during the growth process. In this study, a numerical computation is performed to investigate the effects of the heater arrangement on the thermal and flow transport, the shape of the crystal-melt interface, and the power requirements during the Kyropoulos sapphire crystal growth process in a resistance heated furnace. Four different power ratio arrangements in a three-zone heater are considered. The results show that for the power arrangements considered herein, the temperature gradients along the crystallization front do not exceed 0.05 K/mm, and that, after the growth of the crown, the crystal maintains an almost constant diameter. The remelting phenomenon may occur during growth when the input power of the upper side of the heater is higher than that of the lower side of the heater.

  6. Growth of sapphire crystals for optoelectronics from alumina in a protective medium

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    Dan'ko, A. Ja.; Nizhankovskiy, S. V.; Puzikov, V. M.; Grin', L. A.; Sidelnikova, N. S.; Adonkin, G. T.; Kanishchev, V. N.

    2008-12-01

    This paper reports on the results obtained during the development of the technological process of growth of sapphire crystals for optoelectronics through horizontal directional crystallization in a gaseous argon medium at a pressure of 800 mmHg. The sapphire crystals intended for the use in optoelectronics have been grown from purified molten alumina according to the authors’ technology. It has been demonstrated that, under conditions of a high temperature gradient across the crystallization front and at a low content of reducing components (H2, CO) in the growth medium, it is possible to grow sapphire crystals satisfying the requirements of optoelectronics.

  7. Synthesis and Transfer of Large-Area Monolayer WS2 Crystals: Moving Toward the Recyclable Use of Sapphire Substrates.

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    Xu, Zai-Quan; Zhang, Yupeng; Lin, Shenghuang; Zheng, Changxi; Zhong, Yu Lin; Xia, Xue; Li, Zhipeng; Sophia, Ponraj Joice; Fuhrer, Michael S; Cheng, Yi-Bing; Bao, Qiaoliang

    2015-06-23

    Two-dimensional layered transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) show intriguing potential for optoelectronic devices due to their exotic electronic and optical properties. Only a few efforts have been dedicated to large-area growth of TMDs. Practical applications will require improving the efficiency and reducing the cost of production, through (1) new growth methods to produce large size TMD monolayer with less-stringent conditions, and (2) nondestructive transfer techniques that enable multiple reuse of growth substrate. In this work, we report to employ atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition (APCVD) for the synthesis of large size (>100 μm) single crystals of atomically thin tungsten disulfide (WS2), a member of TMD family, on sapphire substrate. More importantly, we demonstrate a polystyrene (PS) mediated delamination process via capillary force in water which reduces the etching time in base solution and imposes only minor damage to the sapphire substrate. The transferred WS2 flakes are of excellent continuity and exhibit comparable electron mobility after several growth cycles on the reused sapphire substrate. Interestingly, the photoluminescence emission from WS2 grown on the recycled sapphire is much higher than that on fresh sapphire, possibly due to p-type doping of monolayer WS2 flakes by a thin layer of water intercalated at the atomic steps of the recycled sapphire substrate. The growth and transfer techniques described here are expected to be applicable to other atomically thin TMD materials. PMID:25961515

  8. DOE SAPPHIRE PROJECT

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    Dr. Gary R. Pickrell

    2000-03-01

    Since this is the first report for this project an extensive background section follows on the theory of operation of the single crystal sapphire sensor technology which will be developed and field tested at the Wabash River Coal Gasification Facility. Requirements for the temperature sensors for implementation in the coal gasifiers has been established in conjunction with the industrial partner, Dynegy. Coal slag immersion tests indicate good corrosion resistance of the single crystal sapphire. However, a more sophisticated corrosion apparatus has been constructed in order to test the optical attenuation of a single crystal sapphire fiber immersed in the coal slag at high temperature. These results will be reported in the next period. The data to date for sapphire sensor development is promising. More extensive data on the sapphire fiber sensor development will be reported for the next period.

  9. Single-crystal sapphire microstructure for high-resolution synchrotron X-ray monochromators

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    Asadchikov, Victor E.; Butashin, Andrey V.; Buzmakov, Alexey V.; Deryabin, Alexander N.; Kanevsky, Vladimir M.; Prokhorov, Igor A.; Roshchin, Boris S.; Volkov, Yuri O.; Zolotov, Dennis A.; Jafari, Atefeh; et al

    2016-03-22

    We report on the growth and characterization of several sapphire single crystals for the purpose of x-ray optics applications. Structural defects were studied by means of laboratory double-crystal X-ray diffractometry and white beam synchrotron-radiation topography. The investigations confirmed that the main defect types are dislocations. The best quality crystal was grown using the Kyropoulos technique with a dislocation density of 102-103 cm-2 and a small area with approximately 2*2 mm2 did not show dislocation contrast in many reflections and has suitable quality for application as a backscattering monochromator. As a result, a clear correlation between growth rate and dislocation densitymore » is observed, though growth rate is not the only parameter impacting the quality.« less

  10. Study on crystal-melt interface shape of sapphire crystal growth by the KY method

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    Liu, Weina; Lu, Jijun; Chen, Hongjian; Yan, Wenbo; Min, Chunhua; Lian, Qingqing; Wang, Yunman; Cheng, Peng; Liu, Caichi; Xu, Yongliang

    2015-12-01

    In this article, the influence of the flow field structure and temperature gradient of forefront interface on the shape of crystal-melt interface which may reflect the interface stability were analyzed through the method of numerical simulation by using CGSim software. In order to get a suitable interface shape and grow high-quality sapphire crystal, the heater arrangement should be adjusted during the KY process. The results indicate that the effect of Marangoni convection cannot be neglected at the last stage, the crystal-melt interface is governed by the flow field structure and the temperature gradient in melt at the crystal-melt interface. The phenomenon of shoulder concave appears at the stage of shoulder turning and interface inversion appears at the last stage during the crystal growth is discussed. Adjusting heater arrangement may effectively optimize the shape of crystal-melt interface.

  11. Progress in the growth of large scale Ti:sapphire crystals by the heat exchanger method (HEM) for petawatt class lasers

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    Joyce, David B.; Schmid, Frederick

    2010-04-01

    In modelocked laser systems, the shortest possible pulse width is determined by the Fourier transform of the spectral bandwidth of the pulse; the wider the spectral bandwidth, the shorter the pulse. Titanium-doped sapphire (Ti:sapphire) offers the widest gain bandwidth of any currently available laser gain material, enabling systems to deliver pulse widths shorter than 10 fs (10 -14 s). Because of the short pulse durations, the peak power can be extremely high, and therefore Ti:sapphire lasers have been at the forefront of research into ultrafast, ultrahigh power lasers. These intense ultrashort laser pulses are the light source for fundamental studies of light-matter interactions. Interesting scientific results have been achieved with these lasers in the fields of high order harmonic and short pulse X-ray generations, high density plasmas, relativistic acceleration, relativistic nonlinear optics, time resolved X-ray diffraction with unprecedented time resolution and others. Researchers have recently achieved near petawatt (10 15 W) peak power laser operation using large diameter Ti:sapphire amplifiers, and are developing higher power lasers for research into high energy physics. However, the saturation fluence of the Ti:sapphire gain medium is limited to about 1 J/cm 2. Thus, continued scale up in peak laser energy requires the scale up of high-quality Ti:sapphire crystals for laser amplifiers. Current demand is for 100 mm diameter crystals, and this requirement is projected to grow up to 250 mm diameter crystals in a few years. To address this technological bottleneck, Crystal Systems has upgraded its heat exchanger method (HEM) furnaces and fabrication and metrology to scale up the production of Ti:sapphire crystals. Currently, 175 mm diameter Ti:sapphire amplifier crystals are being fabricated from high-quality 208 mm boules.

  12. Effect of Charging Electron Exposure on 1064nm Transmission Through Bare Sapphire Optics and SiO2 over HfO2 AR-Coated Sapphire Optics

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    Ottens, Brian P.; Connelly, Joseph; Brown, Stephen; Roeder, James; Kauder, Lonny; Cavanaugh, John

    2010-01-01

    Experiments measuring the effect of electron exposure on 1064nm transmission for optical sapphire were conducted. Detailed before and after inspections did not identify any resulting Litchenburg patterns. Pre- and post-exposure 1064nm transmission measurements are compared.

  13. Effect of Charging Electron Exposure on 1064nm Transmission through Bare Sapphire Optics and SiO2 over HfO2 AR-coated Sapphire Optics

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    Ottens, Brian P.; Connelly, Joseph; Brown, Stephen; Roeder, james; Kauder, Lonny; Cavanaugh, John

    2008-01-01

    Experiments measuring the effect of electron exposure on 1064nm transmission for optical sapphire were conducted. Detailed before and after inspections did not identify any resulting Litchenburg patterns. Pre- and post-exposure 1064nm transmission measurements are compared.

  14. The effect of crystal orientation on the cryogenic strength of hydroxide catalysis bonded sapphire

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    Haughian, K.; Douglas, R.; van Veggel, A. A.; Hough, J.; Khalaidovski, A.; Rowan, S.; Suzuki, T.; Yamamoto, K.

    2015-04-01

    Hydroxide catalysis bonding has been used in gravitational wave detectors to precisely and securely join components of quasi-monolithic silica suspensions. Plans to operate future detectors at cryogenic temperatures has created the need for a change in the test mass and suspension material. Mono-crystalline sapphire is one candidate material for use at cryogenic temperatures and is being investigated for use in the KAGRA detector. The crystalline structure of sapphire may influence the properties of the hydroxide catalysis bond formed. Here, results are presented of studies of the potential influence of the crystal orientation of sapphire on the shear strength of the hydroxide catalysis bonds formed between sapphire samples. The strength was tested at approximately 8 K; this is the first measurement of the strength of such bonds between sapphire at such reduced temperatures. Our results suggest that all orientation combinations investigated produce bonds of sufficient strength for use in typical mirror suspension designs, with average strengths >23 MPa.

  15. Defect Analysis of Boron Phosphide Thin Films and Sapphire Single Crystal Using Synchrotron X-ray Topography

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    Ding, Zihao

    Boron phosphide is an ideal semiconductor material used for neutron detectors because of its superior material properties, such as wide band gap and large thermal neutron capture cross-section of 10B. Since bulk BP is not readily available for neutron detector application, BP thin films are mainly synthesized by chemical vapor deposition (CVD). Among all the feasible substrates for BP deposition, SiC stands out due to its small lattice mismatch (4.5%) with BP, however it is necessary to optimize the growth condition to synthesize high quality BP thin films on SiC. In chapter III, BP thin film samples deposited on 4H-SiC and 6H-SiC under different growth conditions are characterized, mainly using synchrotron X-ray topography and other techniques such as optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The relationship between BP thin film crystal quality and substrate material and orientation and other growth conditions is investigated. It can be concluded from the experimental data that the crystal quality of BP thin films on 4H-SiC substrate is much better than that on 6H-SiC substrate. Besides, poor crystalline quality of substrate will likely degrade the crystalline quality of epitaxial thin films. Sapphire single crystal has been widely used in high-technology industry because of its excellent combination between optical, electrical and mechanical properties. In this thesis, a-plane sapphire ribbon grown by Edge-defined Film-fed Growth method (EFG) is analyzed by characterizing the seed crystals used and the quality of as-grown ribbon, by reflection X-ray topography. Distributions and formation mechanisms of defects inside both the sapphire seed crystal and ribbon crystal are studied. Transmission topographs reveal the presence of two sets of slip bands that are nucleated from either edge, the distribution of which is symmetric in the used seed crystal and asymmetric in the pristine seed crystal. This phenomenon could be caused by the unstable growth

  16. Characterization of AFB sapphire single crystal composites for infrared window application

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    Lee, H.-C.; Meissner, H. E.

    2007-04-01

    Next generation weapons platforms may require 30" x 30" sapphire windows. Since these sizes exceed what can be manufactured directly, a concept is proposed and experimental data are furnished in this report on the viability of increasing the window dimensions by Adhesive-Free-Bonding (AFB®) of smaller starting components by their edges. The bonding scheme has been evaluated for single crystal sapphire but is expected to also work equally well for other IR window materials. The bonding mechanism is explained with Van der Waals theory of attractive forces and confirmed experimentally by applying the bending plate theory. The gap at the interface between two components is deduced from the measured roughness of the polished surfaces that are brought into optical contact and subsequently heat-treated, and is estimated to be about 2 Å rms. Stress relief at AFB® interfaces has been established. Experimental data of flexural strength determined by four-point bending at room temperature is reported. The data indicates that AFB® composite specimens and equivalently prepared blank samples fracture at statistically same loads under standardized testing conditions. Failure of composites has not been observed at the interface and only at random flaws that are a result of sample preparation.

  17. High-temperature sapphire optical sensor fiber coatings

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    Desu, Seshu B.; Claus, Richard O.; Raheem, Ruby; Murphy, Kent A.

    1990-10-01

    the filter. These modes may be attributed to a number of material degradation mechanisms, such as thermal shock, oxidation corrosion of the material, mechanical loads, or phase changes in the filter material. Development of high temperature optical fiber (sapphire) sensors embedded in the CXF filters would be very valuable for both monitoring the integrity of the filter during its use and understanding the mechanisms of degradation such that durable filter development will be facilitated. Since the filter operating environment is very harsh, the high temperature sapphire optical fibers need to be protected and for some sensing techniques the fiber must also be coated with low refractive index film (cladding). The objective of the present study is to identify materials and develop process technologies for the application of claddings and protective coatings that are stable and compatible with sapphire fibers at both high temperatures and pressures.

  18. High temperature sensing using higher-order-mode rejected sapphire-crystal fiber gratings

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    Zhan, Chun; Kim, Jae Hun; Lee, Jon; Yin, Stuart; Ruffin, Paul; Luo, Claire

    2007-09-01

    In this paper, we report the fabrication of higher-order-mode rejected fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) in sapphire crystal fiber using infrared (IR) femtosecond laser illumination. The grating is tested in high temperature furnace up to 1600 degree Celsius. As sapphire fiber is only available as highly multimode fiber, a scheme to filter out higher order modes in favor for the fundamental mode is theoretically evaluated and experimentally demonstrated. The approach is to use an ultra thin sapphire crystal fiber (60 micron in diameter) to decrease the number of modes. The small diameter fiber also enables bending the fiber to certain radius which is carefully chosen to provide low loss for the fundamental mode LP01 and high loss for the other high-order modes. After bending, less-than-2-nm resonant peak bandwidth is achieved. The grating spectrum is improved, and higher resolution sensing measurement can be achieved. This mode filtering method is very easy to implement. Furthermore, the sapphire fiber is sealed with hi-purity alumina ceramic cement inside a flexible high temperature titanium tube, and the highly flexible titanium tube offers a robust packaging to sapphire fiber. Our high temperature sapphire grating sensor is very promising in extremely high temperature sensing application.

  19. Low phase-noise sapphire crystal microwave oscillators: current status.

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    Ivanov, Eugene N; Tobar, Michael E

    2009-02-01

    This work demonstrates that ultra-low phase-noise oscillators with a single-sideband phase-noise spectral density approaching -160 dBc/Hz at Fourier frequency of 1 kHz can be constructed at microwave frequencies (8 to 10 GHz). Such noise performance has been achieved by frequency locking a conventional loop oscillator to a temperature-stabilized sapphire dielectric resonator operating at a relatively high level of dissipated microwave power (approximately 0.5 W). Principles of microwave circuit interferometry have been employed to generate the error signal for the oscillator frequency control system. No cryogens were used. Two almost identical oscillators were built to perform the classical 2-oscillator phase noise measurements. The phase referencing of one oscillator to another was achieved by varying microwave power dissipated in the sapphire resonator. PMID:19251513

  20. High performance sapphire windows

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    Bates, Stephen C.; Liou, Larry

    1993-01-01

    High-quality, wide-aperture optical access is usually required for the advanced laser diagnostics that can now make a wide variety of non-intrusive measurements of combustion processes. Specially processed and mounted sapphire windows are proposed to provide this optical access to extreme environment. Through surface treatments and proper thermal stress design, single crystal sapphire can be a mechanically equivalent replacement for high strength steel. A prototype sapphire window and mounting system have been developed in a successful NASA SBIR Phase 1 project. A large and reliable increase in sapphire design strength (as much as 10x) has been achieved, and the initial specifications necessary for these gains have been defined. Failure testing of small windows has conclusively demonstrated the increased sapphire strength, indicating that a nearly flawless surface polish is the primary cause of strengthening, while an unusual mounting arrangement also significantly contributes to a larger effective strength. Phase 2 work will complete specification and demonstration of these windows, and will fabricate a set for use at NASA. The enhanced capabilities of these high performance sapphire windows will lead to many diagnostic capabilities not previously possible, as well as new applications for sapphire.

  1. Broadband and high-brightness light source: glass-clad Ti:sapphire crystal fiber.

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    Wang, Shih-Chang; Yang, Teng-I; Jheng, Dong-Yo; Hsu, Chun-Yang; Yang, Tzu-Te; Ho, Tuan-Shu; Huang, Sheng-Lung

    2015-12-01

    High-brightness near-infrared broadband amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) was generated by glass-clad Ti:sapphire crystal fibers, which were developed using the co-drawing laser-heated pedestal growth method. As much as 29.2 mW of ASE power was generated using 520 nm laser diodes as the excitation source on an a-cut, 18 μm core-diameter Ti:sapphire crystal fiber (CF). The 3 dB bandwidth was 163.8 nm, and the radiance was 53.94  W·mm(-2) sr(-1). The propagation loss of the glass-clad sapphire CF measured using the cutback method was 0.017  cm(-1) at 780 nm. For single-mode applications, more than 100 μW of power was coupled into a SM600 single-mode fiber. PMID:26625059

  2. Properties Data for Adhesion and Surface Chemistry of Aluminum: Sapphire-Aluminum, Single-Crystal Couple

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    Miyoshi, Kazuhisa; Pohlchuck, Bobby; Whitle, Neville C.; Hector, Louis G., Jr.; Adams, Jim

    1998-01-01

    An investigation was conducted to examine the adhesion and surface chemistry of single-crystal aluminum in contact with single-crystal sapphire (alumina). Pull-off force (adhesion) measurements were conducted under loads of 0. I to I mN in a vacuum of 10(exp -1) to 10(exp -9) Pa (approx. 10(exp -10) to 10(exp -11) torr) at room temperature. An Auger electron spectroscopy analyzer incorporated directly into an adhesion-measuring vacuum system was primarily used to define the chemical nature of the surfaces before and after adhesion measurements. The surfaces were cleaned by argon ion sputtering. With a clean aluminum-clean -sapphire couple the mean value and standard deviation of pull-off forces required to separate the surfaces were 3015 and 298 micro-N, respectively. With a contaminated aluminum-clean sapphire couple these values were 231 and 241 micro-N. The presence of a contaminant film on the aluminum surface reduced adhesion by a factor of 13. Therefore, surfaces cleanliness, particularly aluminum cleanliness, played an important role in the adhesion of the aluminum-sapphire couples. Pressures on the order of 10(exp -8) to 10(exp -9) Pa (approx. 10(exp -10) to 10(exp -11) torr) maintained a clean aluminum surface for only a short time (less then 1 hr) but maintained a clean sapphire surface, once it was achieved, for a much longer time.

  3. Use of numerical simulation for growing high-quality sapphire crystals by the Kyropoulos method

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    Demina, S. E.; Bystrova, E. N.; Postolov, V. S.; Eskov, E. V.; Nikolenko, M. V.; Marshanin, D. A.; Yuferev, V. S.; Kalaev, V. V.

    2008-04-01

    In the present work, an advanced numerical model is suggested to analyze heat transfer and flow pattern in sapphire crystal growth by the Kyropoulos technique. The new approach accounts for radiative heat exchange in the crystal and convection in the melt, and provides prediction of the crystallization front shape. The model allowed the analysis of several growth setup designs and selection of an optimal configuration. The numerical predictions performed with the CGSim software ( www.semitech.us) agree well with available experimental data obtained in optimized crystal growth process reported for the first time.

  4. Low Temperature Rhombohedral Single Crystal SiGe Epitaxy on c-plane Sapphire

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    Duzik, Adam J.; Choi, Sang H.

    2016-01-01

    Current best practice in epitaxial growth of rhombohedral SiGe onto (0001) sapphire (Al2O3) substrate surfaces requires extreme conditions to grow a single crystal SiGe film. Previous models described the sapphire surface reconstruction as the overriding factor in rhombohedral epitaxy, requiring a high temperature Al-terminated surface for high quality films. Temperatures in the 850-1100 C range were thought to be necessary to get SiGe to form coherent atomic matching between the (111) SiGe plane and the (0001) sapphire surface. Such fabrication conditions are difficult and uneconomical, hindering widespread application. This work proposes an alternative model that considers the bulk sapphire structure and determines how the SiGe film nucleates and grows. Accounting for thermal expansion effects, calculations using this new model show that both pure Ge and SiGe can form single crystal films in the 450-550 C temperature range. Experimental results confirm these predictions, where x-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy show the films fabricated at low temperature rival the high temperature films in crystallographic and surface quality. Finally, an explanation is provided for why films of comparable high quality can be produced in either temperature range.

  5. Crystal orientation mechanism of ZnTe epilayers formed on different orientations of sapphire substrates by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Nakasu, T. Yamashita, S.; Aiba, T.; Hattori, S.; Sun, W.; Taguri, K.; Kazami, F.; Kobayashi, M.

    2014-10-28

    The electrooptic effect in ZnTe has recently attracted research attention, and various device structures using ZnTe have been explored. For application to practical terahertz wave detector devices based on ZnTe thin films, sapphire substrates are preferred because they enable the optical path alignment to be simplified. ZnTe/sapphire heterostructures were focused upon, and ZnTe epilayers were prepared on highly mismatched sapphire substrates by molecular beam epitaxy. Epitaxial relationships between the ZnTe thin films and the sapphire substrates with their various orientations were investigated using an X-ray diffraction pole figure method. (0001) c-plane, (1-102) r-plane, (1-100) m-plane, and (11-20) a-plane oriented sapphire substrates were used in this study. The epitaxial relationship between ZnTe and c-plane sapphire was found to be (111) ZnTe//(0001) sapphire with an in-plane orientation relationship of [−211] ZnTe//[1-100] sapphire. It was found that the (211)-plane ZnTe layer was grown on the m-plane of the sapphire substrates, and the (100)-plane ZnTe layer was grown on the r-plane sapphire. When the sapphire substrates were inclined from the c-plane towards the m-axis direction, the orientation of the ZnTe thin films was then tilted from the (111)-plane to the (211)-plane. The c-plane of the sapphire substrates governs the formation of the (111) ZnTe domain and the ZnTe epilayer orientation. These crystallographic features were also related to the atom arrangements of ZnTe and sapphire.

  6. Crystal orientation mechanism of ZnTe epilayers formed on different orientations of sapphire substrates by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Nakasu, T.; Yamashita, S.; Aiba, T.; Hattori, S.; Sun, W.; Taguri, K.; Kazami, F.; Kobayashi, M.

    2014-10-01

    The electrooptic effect in ZnTe has recently attracted research attention, and various device structures using ZnTe have been explored. For application to practical terahertz wave detector devices based on ZnTe thin films, sapphire substrates are preferred because they enable the optical path alignment to be simplified. ZnTe/sapphire heterostructures were focused upon, and ZnTe epilayers were prepared on highly mismatched sapphire substrates by molecular beam epitaxy. Epitaxial relationships between the ZnTe thin films and the sapphire substrates with their various orientations were investigated using an X-ray diffraction pole figure method. (0001) c-plane, (1-102) r-plane, (1-100) m-plane, and (11-20) a-plane oriented sapphire substrates were used in this study. The epitaxial relationship between ZnTe and c-plane sapphire was found to be (111) ZnTe//(0001) sapphire with an in-plane orientation relationship of [-211] ZnTe//[1-100] sapphire. It was found that the (211)-plane ZnTe layer was grown on the m-plane of the sapphire substrates, and the (100)-plane ZnTe layer was grown on the r-plane sapphire. When the sapphire substrates were inclined from the c-plane towards the m-axis direction, the orientation of the ZnTe thin films was then tilted from the (111)-plane to the (211)-plane. The c-plane of the sapphire substrates governs the formation of the (111) ZnTe domain and the ZnTe epilayer orientation. These crystallographic features were also related to the atom arrangements of ZnTe and sapphire.

  7. Wafer-scale highly-transparent and superhydrophilic sapphires for high-performance optics.

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    Leem, Jung Woo; Yu, Jae Su

    2012-11-19

    We reported the wafer-scale highly-transparent and superhydrophilic sapphires with antireflective subwavelength structures (SWSs) which were fabricated by dry etching using thermally dewetted gold (Au) nanomasks. Their optical transmittance properties were experimentally and theoretically investigated. The density, size, and period of the thermally dewetted Au nanopatterns can be controlled by the Au film thickness. For the sapphire with both-side SWSs at 5 nm of Au film, the average total transmittance (T(avg)) of ~96.5% at 350-800 nm was obtained, indicating a higher value than those of the flat sapphire (T(avg)~85.6%) and the sapphire with one-side SWSs (T(avg)~91%), and the less angle-dependent transmittance property was observed. The calculated transmittance results also showed a similar tendency to the measured data. The SWSs enhanced significantly the surface hydrophilicity of sapphires, exhibiting a water contact angle (θ(c)) of < 5° for Au film of 5 nm compared to θ(c)~37° of the flat sapphire. PMID:23187471

  8. Parametric sensitivity and temporal dynamics of sapphire crystal growth via the micro-pulling-down method

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    Samanta, Gaurab; Yeckel, Andrew; Bourret-Courchesne, Edith D.; Derby, Jeffrey J.

    2012-11-01

    The micro-pulling-down (μ-PD) crystal growth of sapphire fibers, whose steady-state limits were the focus of our prior study [Samanta et al., Journal of Crystal Growth 335 (2011) 148-159], is further examined using a parametric sensitivity computation derived by linearizing the nonlinear model around a quasi-steady-state (QSS). In addition, transient analyses are performed to assess inherent stability and dynamic responses in this μ-PD system. Information from these two approaches enlarges our understanding of this particular process, and the approaches themselves are put forth as valuable complements to classical QSS analysis.

  9. Ion Milling of Sapphire

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    Gregory, Don A.

    2002-01-01

    The ion figuring system at the Marshall Space Flight Center has been successfully used for at least three previous investigations into the ion milling of metals. The research was directed toward improving the surface quality of X-ray directing optics. These studies were performed on surfaces that were already hand polished to an excellent surface quality and were intended to remove the residual unwanted figure left by those techniques. The ion milling was typically carried out on test surfaces or mandrels that were several centimeters in width and length. The good thermal conductivity of the metal samples allowed the ion beam to be directed onto the sample for an indefinite period of time. This is not true of sapphire or most electrical insulators and problems have arisen in recent attempts to ion mill thin samples of sapphire. The failure and fracture of the material was likely due to thermal stresses and the relatively low thermal conductivity of sapphire (compared to most metals), These assumed stresses actually provided the key as to how they might be monitored. A thermal gradient in the sapphire sample will induce an effective index of refraction change and because of the shape constraint and the crystal structure and simple thermal expansion, this index change will be nonuniform across the sample. In all but simple cubic crystal structures, this leads to a spatially nonuniform optical retardance induced on any polarized optical beam traversing the sample, and it is this retardance that can be monitored using standard polarimetric procedures.

  10. 3D unsteady computer modeling of industrial scale Ky and Cz sapphire crystal growth

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    Demina, S. E.; Kalaev, V. V.

    2011-04-01

    In the present work, 3D features of melt convection during sapphire growth of 100 mm diameter Cz and of 200 mm diameter Ky crystals are studied. The approach accounting for radiative heat exchange with absorption and a specular reflection in the crystal, which we applied in 2D modeling [1-3], has been extended to 3D computational domains and coupled to 3D heat transfer in the melt, crystal, and crucible. 3D melt unsteady convection together with crystallization front formation are taken into account within the Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS) approach. Results of 3D modeling are discussed in detail and quantitatively compared to the previously reported data of 2D modeling and experiments [2,3]. It has been found that the features of unsteady melt convection during the "before seeding", "seeding", and "shouldering" growth stages are quite different from each other, which necessitates a flexible control of the radial and vertical temperature gradients in the crucible to provide optimal conditions for stable growth of high quality sapphire crystals.

  11. Electro-optic phase modulator as a starting mechanism in Ti:sapphire

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    Grice, Warren P.; Walmsley, Ian A.; Suzuki, Mitsutoshi

    1995-07-01

    An electro-optic phase modulator in a regenerative mode-locker configuration is demonstrated as the starting mechanism for a Kerr-lens mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser. Mode locking is initiated automatically, and the system is capable of pulses as short as 21 fs.

  12. Study of the environmental and optical durability of AR microstructures in sapphire, ALON, and diamond

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    Hobbs, Douglas S.

    2009-05-01

    Data is presented for the erosion resistance and pulsed laser damage threshold of anti-reflecting (AR) microstructures built in the surface of the infrared light transmitting window materials sapphire, ALON, and diamond. It was found that the erosion resistance of AR microstructures (ARMs) in sapphire is comparable to the resistance of sapphire with no AR treatment. Such environmental durability, combined with the enhanced light transmission of windows incorporating ARMs, provides system designers with an effective solution for applications requiring high transmission over long mission times operating in abrasive environments. In addition, the optical power handling capacity of sapphire and ALON windows was investigated through pulsed laser damage threshold measurements with a laser source operating in the near infrared at a wavelength of 1573nm. As with prior results reported for ARMs in fused silica and borosilicate glass, the measured damage threshold of 19 J/cm2 for ARMs treated sapphire windows is comparable to the damage level measured for untreated sapphire windows, and this level is at least two times higher than that found with the most durable thin-film AR coatings designed for fused silica. The damage thresholds measured for untreated and ARMs treated ALON windows was also comparable, but at a level more than four times less than the sapphire windows. Lastly, the long-wave infrared light transmission of high performance ARMs fabricated in clear diamond windows is presented. The Air Force Research Laboratoy's Laser Hardened Materials Evaluation Laboratory at WPAFB tested the damage threshold of the ARMs treated diamond windows along with untreated diamond windows using their pulsed CO2 laser setup operating at 9.56μm. Although the results of the tests using two different laser settings were quite variable and inconsistent due to the nature of the diamond material, the damage thresholds measured were in the 50 to 100 J/cm2 range, a level much higher than

  13. Application of nondestructive optical techniques in the detection of surface and subsurface defects in sapphire

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    Akwani, Ikerionwu A.; Hibbard, Douglas L.; Jacoby, Keith T.

    2007-04-01

    Advancements in optical manufacturing and testing technologies for sapphire material are required to support the increasing use of large aperture sapphire panels as windscreens for various electro-optical system applications. It is well known that the grinding and polishing operations employed to create optical surfaces leads to the introduction of surface stress and sub-surface damage which can affect critical opto-mechanical performance characteristics such as strength and durability. Traditional methods for measuring these defects are destructive and, therefore, unsuitable as in-process, high volume inspection tools. A number of non-destructive optical techniques were investigated at Exotic Electro-Optics under funding by the Office of Naval Research and the Air Force Research Laboratory including Raman spectroscopy, laser polarimetry and the Twyman effect to characterize process-induced defects in sapphire panels. Preliminary experimental results using these techniques have shown that surface stress and sub-surface damage may be non-destructively measured. Raman spectroscopy has shown promise in quantifying surface stress, laser polarimetry is of questionable utility and the Twyman effect may be used qualitatively to monitor relative stress and sub-surface damage. This information will ultimately provide a better understanding of the overall manufacturing process leading to optimized process time and cost.

  14. Optical properties of sapphire in its opacity range

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    Rogalin, V. E.; Kaplunov, I. A.; Tsenina, I. S.; Andreeva, M. S.; Filin, S. A.

    2016-06-01

    We have studied the reflection spectrum of leucosapphire in the range of 2.5-25.0 μm. Based on the analysis of the known frequency and temperature dependences of the absorption coefficient in the range of 2.5-7.0 μm, its extrapolation to the range of 10.6 μm has been performed. We have shown that the absorption coefficient in the range of 10.6 μm and in the temperature interval 300-2300 K can be evaluated as β = (2-3) × 104 cm-1. It has also been shown that the value of this characteristic correlates with the results of investigations of the action of a powerful radiation pulse of a CO2 laser on the surface of anodized aluminum. These data can be used in the development of technologies of laser processing of articles made of sapphire and ceramics based on aluminum oxide, as well as anodized articles made of aluminum alloys.

  15. Single-crystal sapphire resonator at millikelvin temperatures: Observation of thermal bistability in high- Q factor whispering gallery modes

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    Creedon, Daniel L.; Tobar, Michael E.; Le Floch, Jean-Michel; Reshitnyk, Yarema; Duty, Timothy

    2010-09-01

    Resonance modes in single crystal sapphire (α-Al2O3) exhibit extremely high electrical and mechanical Q factors ( ≈109 at 4 K), which are important characteristics for electromechanical experiments at the quantum limit. We report the cool down of a bulk sapphire sample below superfluid liquid-helium temperature (1.6 K) to as low as 25 mK. The electromagnetic properties were characterized at microwave frequencies, and we report the observation of electromagnetically induced thermal bistability in whispering gallery modes due to the material T3 dependence on thermal conductivity and the ultralow dielectric loss tangent. We identify “magic temperatures” between 80 and 2100 mK, the lowest ever measured, at which the onset of bistability is suppressed and the frequency-temperature dependence is annulled. These phenomena at low temperatures make sapphire suitable for quantum metrology and ultrastable clock applications, including the possible realization of the quantum-limited sapphire clock.

  16. Laser-diode pumped glass-clad Ti:sapphire crystal fiber laser.

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    Wang, Shih-Chang; Hsu, Chun-Yang; Yang, Tzu-Te; Jheng, Dong-Yo; Yang, Teng-I; Ho, Tuan-Shu; Huang, Sheng-Lung

    2016-07-15

    Efficient glass-clad crystal fiber (CF) lasers were demonstrated using a Ti:sapphire crystalline core as the gain medium. With a core diameter of 18 μm, the laser diode (LD) pump source can be effectively coupled and guided throughout the crystal fiber for a low threshold and high slope efficiency laser operation. The advantage of high heat dissipation efficiency of the fiber structure can be derived from the low core temperature rising measurement (i.e., 17 K/W) with passive cooling. At an output transmittance of 23%, the lowest absorbed threshold of 118.2 mW and highest slope efficiency of 29.6% were achieved, with linear laser polarization. PMID:27420499

  17. Mid-infrared silicon-on-sapphire waveguide coupled photonic crystal microcavities

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    Zou, Yi E-mail: swapnajit.chakravarty@omegaoptics.com Chen, Ray T. E-mail: swapnajit.chakravarty@omegaoptics.com; Chakravarty, Swapnajit E-mail: swapnajit.chakravarty@omegaoptics.com

    2015-08-24

    We experimentally demonstrate a photonic crystal (PC) microcavity side coupled to a W1.05 photonic crystal waveguide fabricated in silicon-on-sapphire working in mid-IR regime at 3.43 μm. Using a fixed wavelength laser source, propagation characteristics of PC waveguides without microcavity are characterized as a function of lattice constant to determine the light line position, stop gap, and guided mode transmission behavior. The resonance of an L21 PC microcavity coupled to the W1.05 PCW in the guided mode transmission region is then measured by thermal tuning of the cavity resonance across the source wavelength. Resonance quality factor ∼3500 is measured from the temperature dependency curve.

  18. Containerless laser-induced flourescence study of vaporization and optical properties for sapphire and alumina

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    Nordine, Paul C.; Schiffman, Robert A.

    1988-01-01

    Evaporation of aluminum oxide was studied from 1800 to 2327 K by laser-induced flourescence (LIF) detection of Al atom vapor over sapphire and alumina spheres that were levitated in an argon gas jet and heated with a continuous wave CO2 laser. Optical properties were determined from apparent specimen temperatures measured with an optical pyrometer and true temperatures deduced from the LIF intensity versus temperature measurements using the known temperature dependence of the Al atom vapor concentration in equilibrium with Al2O3. The effects of impurities and dissolved oxygen on the high-temperature optical properties of aluminum oxide were discussed.

  19. Development of a sapphire optical pressure sensor for high-temperature applications

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    Mills, David A.; Alexander, Dylan; Subhash, Ghatu; Sheplak, Mark

    2014-06-01

    This paper presents the fabrication, packaging, and characterization of a sapphire optical pressure sensor for hightemperature applications. Currently available instrumentation poses significant limitations on the ability to achieve realtime, continuous measurements in high-temperature environments such as those encountered in industrial gas turbines and high-speed aircraft. The fiber-optic lever design utilizes the deflection of a circular platinum-coated sapphire diaphragm to modulate the light reflected back to a single send/receive sapphire optical fiber. The 7 mm diameter, 50 μm thick diaphragm is attached using a novel thermocompression bonding process based on spark plasma sintering technology. Bonds using platinum as an intermediate layer are achieved at a temperature of 1200°C with a hold time of 5 min. Initial characterization of the bond interface using a simple tensile test indicates a bond strength in excess of 12 MPa. Analysis of the buckled diaphragm after bonding is also presented. The packaged sensor enables continuous operation up to 900°C. Room-temperature characterization reveals a first resonance of 18.2 kHz, a flat-band sensitivity of -130 dB re 1 V/Pa (0.32 μV/Pa) from 4-20 kHz, a minimum detectable pressure of 3.8 Pa, and a linear response up to 169 dB at 1.9 kHz.

  20. Complete characterization of damage threshold in titanium doped sapphire crystals with nanosecond, picosecond, and femtosecond laser pulses

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    Canova, F.; Chambaret, J.-P.; Mourou, G.; Sentis, M.; Uteza, O.; Delaporte, P.; Itina, T.; Natoli, J.-Y.; Commandre, M.; Amra, C.

    2005-12-01

    The major bottleneck for the development of robust and cost-effective femtosecond amplification systems is the uncertainty concerning the damage threshold of Ti: Sapphire crystals. Up to now, Ti: Sapphire is the only material that supports the generation of temporally short pulses (few femtosecond) at high repetition rates, and overcoming this bottleneck will represent a major advance in laser performance for all the femtosecond community. Currently, when pumped at 532nm, the uncertainty on Ti:Sapphire damage threshold, is about a factor of ten. The empirically estimated threshold is 10J/cm2 but for safety reasons the femtosecond laser community (especially the companies producing the lasers) uses the conservative value of 1J/cm2. Such a low pumping fluency means low extraction efficiency during the amplification process and a great waste of pumping energy, the most expensive part of a Ti:Sapphire amplifier. In order to remove this bottleneck, we launch a complete analysis of all the factors that influence the damage threshold in Ti:Sapphire Crystals. Our program is to first measure the bulk threshold to define the upper threshold limit, and the influence of Ti ion concentration in the crystal garnet. Then, we will analyze all the surface effects that influence the value of the threshold. These effects depend on the polishing, on the cleaning process, as well as the type of anti-reflective coating. Only a complete understanding of all the mechanisms involved in threshold limitation will allow us to produce Ti:Sa crystals with the best performances. The study of the characteristics of the Ti:Sapphire damage threshold will not be complete and reliable without a complete characterization of the pump beams (temporal and spatial modulations), and this analysis will be done with nanosecond and picosecond pulses at 532nm. Finally, to complete the exploration of the the behavior of the titanium doped sapphire crystal, we will characterize the damage threshold with

  1. Optical properties of plastically bent large-diameter sapphire fiber tips for laser tissue ablations

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    Tong, Limin

    2000-10-01

    Aiming to facilitate laser surgery applications, six 0.75mm- diameter 90mm-length sapphire fiber tips were plastically bent by means of CO2 lasers with bending radii from 1.7mm to 3.6mm and bending angles of 15-120 degree(s). The average bending loss caused by the bending process of the tips is about 0.03dB with the minimum loss less than 0.02dB, the damage thresholds of these tips are higher than 160MW/cm2 for Nd:YAG laser pulses at 1.06micrometers and 2MW/cm2 for CuBr laser pulses at 510.6nm. Satisfactory optical properties of these sapphire fiber tips show that they are promising for use in laser surgery applications such as tissue ablations. 16

  2. Optical properties of plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy grown InN/sapphire

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    Talwar, Devki N.; Liao, Ying Chieh; Chen, Li Chyong; Chen, Kuei Hsien; Feng, Zhe Chuan

    2014-11-01

    The optical properties of as-grown InN/sapphire films prepared by plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy (PA-MBE) are characterized by photoluminescence (PL), Raman scattering (RS) and infrared (IR) reflectance techniques. The PL measurements have consistently exhibited lower values of InN band gaps providing clear indications of electron concentration dependent peak energy shifts and widths. The phonon modes identified by RS are found to be in good agreement with the grazing inelastic X-ray scattering measurements and ab initio lattice dynamical calculations. An effective medium theory used to analyze IR reflectance spectra of InN/sapphire films has provided reasonable estimates of free charge carrier concentrations.

  3. The study on the nanomachining property and cutting model of single-crystal sapphire by atomic force microscopy.

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    Huang, Jen-Ching; Weng, Yung-Jin

    2014-01-01

    This study focused on the nanomachining property and cutting model of single-crystal sapphire during nanomachining. The coated diamond probe is used to as a tool, and the atomic force microscopy (AFM) is as an experimental platform for nanomachining. To understand the effect of normal force on single-crystal sapphire machining, this study tested nano-line machining and nano-rectangular pattern machining at different normal force. In nano-line machining test, the experimental results showed that the normal force increased, the groove depth from nano-line machining also increased. And the trend is logarithmic type. In nano-rectangular pattern machining test, it is found when the normal force increases, the groove depth also increased, but rather the accumulation of small chips. This paper combined the blew by air blower, the cleaning by ultrasonic cleaning machine and using contact mode probe to scan the surface topology after nanomaching, and proposed the "criterion of nanomachining cutting model," in order to determine the cutting model of single-crystal sapphire in the nanomachining is ductile regime cutting model or brittle regime cutting model. After analysis, the single-crystal sapphire substrate is processed in small normal force during nano-linear machining; its cutting modes are ductile regime cutting model. In the nano-rectangular pattern machining, due to the impact of machined zones overlap, the cutting mode is converted into a brittle regime cutting model. PMID:25241676

  4. Microstructure characterization and optical properties of sapphire after helium ion implantation

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    Zhong, Mian; Yang, Liang; Shen, Huahai; Liu, Wei; Xiang, Xia; Zheng, Wanguo; Guo, Decheng; Huang, Jin; Sun, Kai; Yuan, Xiaodong

    2015-06-01

    The (0 0 0 1) sapphire samples are irradiated with 60 keV helium ions at the fluences of 5 × 1016, 1 × 1017and 5 × 1017 ions/cm2 at room temperature. After implantation, two broad absorption bands at 320-460 and 480-700 nm are observed and their intensities increase with the increasing ion fluence. The grazing incidence X-ray diffraction results indicate that the {0 0 0 1} diffraction peaks of sapphire decrease and broaden due to the disorientation of the generated crystallites after ion irradiation. The microstructure evolution is examined by the scanning and transmission electron microscopes. The surface becomes rough because of the aggregation of helium bubbles and migration towards the surface. There is a lattice expansion up to ∼4.5% in the implanted area and the lattice distortion measured from dispersion of (1 1 0) diffraction is ∼4.6°. Such strain of crystal lattice is rather large and leads to contrast fluctuation at scale of 1-2 nm (the bubble size). The laser induced damage threshold (LIDT) is investigated to understand the effect of helium ion beam irradiation on the laser damage resistance of sapphire components and the results show that the LIDT decreases from 5.4 to 2.5 J/cm2 due to the absorptive color centers, helium bubbles and defects induced by helium ion implantation. The laser damage morphologies of samples before and after ion implantation are also presented.

  5. Comparison of fluoride and sapphire optical fibers for Er: YAG laser lithotripsy.

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    Qiu, Jinze; Teichman, Joel; Wang, Tianyi; Elmaanaoui, Badr; Gamez, David; Milner, Thomas E

    2010-06-01

    The long-pulse (200-350 micros) Holmium: YAG (Ho: YAG) laser (lambda = 2.12 microm) is used extensively in urology for laser lithotripsy. The long-pulse Erbium: YAG (Er: YAG) laser (lambda = 2.94 microm) fragments urinary calculi up to 5 times more efficiently than the Ho: YAG laser, however, no optical fibers are available to transmit efficiently 2.94 microm laser light for laser lithotripsy. We report results of a study evaluating a fluoride glass fiber to transmit Er: YAG laser light for laser lithotripsy and compare to a sapphire fiber that provides good transmission of Er: YAG light at low irradiance. The fluoride fiber provides superior light transmission efficiency over the sapphire fiber at an Er: YAG wavelength (2.94 microm). The sapphire fiber provides a more durable and robust delivery waveguide than the fluoride fiber when ablating urinary calculi in contact mode. Results of our study suggest that further development to improve performance of fluoride fibers for laser lithotripsy is warranted. PMID:20414904

  6. Simulation of heat transfer and convection during sapphire crystal growth in a modified heat exchanger method

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    Zhang, Nan; Park, Hyun Gyoon; Derby, Jeffrey J.

    2013-03-01

    Quasi-steady-state (QSS) and transient models, developed using the CrysMAS code, are employed to study the effects of transport mechanisms and cold finger design on the temperature distribution, melt flow field, and melt-crystal interface shape during the crystal growth of sapphire by a small-scale, modified heat exchanger method (HEM). QSS computations show the importance and effects of various heat transfer mechanisms in the crystal and melt, including conduction, internal radiation, and melt convection driven by buoyant and Marangoni forces. The design of the cold finger is demonstrated to have significant effects on growth states. Notably, transient computations on an idealized heat transfer model, supplemented with QSS calculations of a model with rigorous heat transfer representation, show that non-uniform growth conditions arise under uniform cooling of the system via a linear decrease in furnace set points. We suggest that more uniform HEM growth conditions may be achieved by using non-linear cool-down strategies.

  7. Optimization of the structural quality of sapphire rods grown by the Stepanov method in a reducing atmosphere

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    Kryvonosov, Ye. V.; Konevskiy, P. V. Lytvynov, L. A.; Tkachenko, V. F.

    2015-03-15

    Historically, the Stepanov method has been used for growing long shaped sapphire crystals (rods, tubes, and ribbons) for practical design. The recent intense development of this technique was stimulated by sapphire applications in optics and electronics; thus, the optical and structural quality of these crystals is of great importance. The results of studying the structural quality of sapphire rods up to 18 mm in diameter grown under optimized conditions are reported.

  8. Surface phonon polariton responses of hexagonal sapphire crystals with non-polar and semi-polar crystallographic planes.

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    Lee, Sai Cheong; Ng, Sha Shiong; Hassan, Haslan Abu; Hassan, Zainuriah; Dumelow, Thomas

    2014-09-15

    The surface phonon polariton (SPhP) characteristics of hexagonal sapphire crystals with non-polar and semi-polar crystallographic planes are investigated. A formulation that considers the effects of crystal orientation is employed to calculate the SPhP dispersion curves of the samples. The SPhP dispersion curves indicate that the SPhP responses of sapphire crystals in non-polar and semi-polar orientations are directionally sensitive. Resonance frequencies and spectral strengths of the SPhP modes can be modulated simply by tuning the angular positions of the samples. The validity of the theoretical results is confirmed by the polarized infrared attenuated total reflection measurements. PMID:26466299

  9. Elastic scattering from a sapphire microsphere placed on a silica optical fiber coupler: Possible applications to biosensing

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    Murib, M. S.; Yılmaz, Y. O.; Demir, A.; Işçi, Ş.; Bilici, T.; Kurt, A.; Wagner, P.; Serpengüzel, A.

    2014-09-01

    Elastic light scattering is performed in the original band of optical fiber communication at 1300 nm for a 500 μm sapphire microsphere placed on a silica optical fiber half coupler. The morphology dependent resonances (MDRs) are observed in the transverse magnetically (TM) polarized and transverse electrically (TE) polarized 0∘ transmission and 90∘ elastic scattering obtained from the sapphire microsphere. The TE and TM MDRs can be detected selectively with the use of a Glan polarizer. The TE and TM polarization selectivity provides the ability to select relative MDR to BG levels. The TM polarization provides higher MDR signal to background ratio (SBR) and is suitable for optical monitoring, biological sensing or any other optoelectronic application that requires a high resolution optical filter. The polar angular mode spacing of 0.36 nm of the resonances correlates well with the optical size of the sapphire microsphere. The autocorrelation of the 90∘ elastic scattering spectra also shows peaks at 0.36 nm. The spectral linewidths of the resonances are on the order of 0.1 nm, which corresponds to quality factors on the order of 104. A sapphire sphere with a radius of 500 μm and relative refractive index of 1.31, resonances will red-shift by 1.01 nm (0.077%). This shift is on the order of 10 linewidths, making sapphire biophotonic sensors an interesting alternative to silica biophotonic sensors.

  10. Effects of RF coil position on the transport processes during the stages of sapphire Czochralski crystal growth

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    Lu, Chung-Wei; Chen, Jyh-Chen; Chen, Chien-Hung; Chen, Chun-Hung; Hsu, Wen-Ching; Liu, Che-Ming

    2010-04-01

    The effect of the RF coil position during the stages of sapphire crystal growth process in an inductively heated Czochralski crystal growth furnace on the thermal and flow transport, the shape of the crystal-melt interface shape, and the power requirements is investigated numerically. The results show that although the maximum values of temperature and velocity decrease, the convexity of the crystal-melt interface increases as the crystal length grows. It is found that the least input power is required if the central position of the RF coil is maintained below the central position of the melt during the crystal growth process. Under such crystal growth conditions, the temperature gradients along the crystalline front are small.

  11. Bulk vertical micromachining of single-crystal sapphire using inductively coupled plasma etching for x-ray resonant cavities

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    Chen, P.-C.; Lin, P.-T.; Mikolas, D. G.; Tsai, Y.-W.; Wang, Y.-L.; Fu, C.-C.; Chang, S.-L.

    2015-01-01

    To provide coherent x-ray sources for probing the dynamic structures of solid or liquid biological substances on the picosecond timescale, a high-aspect-ratio x-ray resonator cavity etched from a single crystal substrate with a nearly vertical sidewall structure is required. Although high-aspect-ratio resonator cavities have been produced in silicon, they suffer from unwanted multiple beam effects. However, this problem can be avoided by using the reduced symmetry of single-crystal sapphire in which x-ray cavities may produce a highly monochromatic transmitted x-ray beam. In this study, we performed nominal 100 µm deep etching and vertical sidewall profiles in single crystal sapphire using inductively coupled plasma (ICP) etching. The large depth is required to intercept a useful fraction of a stopped-down x-ray beam, as well as for beam clearance. An electroplated Ni hard mask was patterned using KMPR 1050 photoresist and contact lithography. The quality and performance of the x-ray cavity depended upon the uniformity of the cavity gap and therefore verticality of the fabricated vertical sidewall. To our knowledge, this is the first report of such deep, vertical etching of single-crystal sapphire. A gas mixture of Cl2/BCl3/Ar was used to etch the sapphire with process variables including BCl3 flow ratio and bias power. By etching for 540 min under optimal conditions, we obtained an x-ray resonant cavity with a depth of 95 µm, width of ~30 µm, gap of ~115 µm and sidewall profile internal angle of 89.5°. The results show that the etching parameters affected the quality of the vertical sidewall, which is essential for good x-ray resonant cavities.

  12. Single-crystal sapphire resonator at millikelvin temperatures: Observation of thermal bistability in high-Q factor whispering gallery modes

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    Creedon, Daniel L.; Tobar, Michael E.; Le Floch, Jean-Michel; Reshitnyk, Yarema; Duty, Timothy

    2010-09-01

    Resonance modes in single crystal sapphire ({alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) exhibit extremely high electrical and mechanical Q factors ({approx_equal}10{sup 9} at 4 K), which are important characteristics for electromechanical experiments at the quantum limit. We report the cool down of a bulk sapphire sample below superfluid liquid-helium temperature (1.6 K) to as low as 25 mK. The electromagnetic properties were characterized at microwave frequencies, and we report the observation of electromagnetically induced thermal bistability in whispering gallery modes due to the material T{sup 3} dependence on thermal conductivity and the ultralow dielectric loss tangent. We identify ''magic temperatures'' between 80 and 2100 mK, the lowest ever measured, at which the onset of bistability is suppressed and the frequency-temperature dependence is annulled. These phenomena at low temperatures make sapphire suitable for quantum metrology and ultrastable clock applications, including the possible realization of the quantum-limited sapphire clock.

  13. Few-cycle, broadband, mid-infrared optical parametric oscillator pumped by a 20-fs Ti:sapphire laser

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    Chaitanya Kumar, Suddapalli; Esteban-Martin, Adolfo; Ideguchi, Takuro; Yan, Ming; Holzner, Simon; Hänsch, Theodor W; Picqué, Nathalie; Ebrahim-Zadeh, Majid

    2014-01-01

    A few-cycle, broadband, singly-resonant optical parametric oscillator (OPO) for the mid-infrared based on MgO-doped periodically-poled LiNbO3 (MgO:PPLN), synchronously pumped by a 20-fs Ti:sapphire laser is reported. By using crystal interaction lengths as short as 250 µm, and careful dispersion management of input pump pulses and the OPO resonator, near-transform-limited, few-cycle idler pulses tunable across the mid-infrared have been generated, with as few as 3.7 optical cycles at 2682 nm. The OPO can be continuously tuned over 2179-3732 nm (4589-2680 cm-1) by cavity delay tuning, providing up to 33 mW of output power at 3723 nm. The idler spectra exhibit stable broadband profiles with bandwidths spanning over 422 nm (FWHM) recorded at 3732 nm. The effect of crystal length on spectral bandwidth and pulse duration is investigated at a fixed wavelength, confirming near-transform-limited idler pulses for all grating interaction lengths. By locking the repetition frequency of the pump laser to a radio-frequency reference, and without active stabilization of the OPO cavity length, an idler power stability better than 1.6% rms over >2.75 hours is obtained when operating at maximum output power, in excellent spatial beam quality with TEM00 mode profile. Photograph shows a multigrating MgO:PPLN crystal used as a nonlinear gain medium in the few-cycle femtosecond mid-IR OPO. The visible light is the result of non-phase-matched sum-frequency mixing between the interacting beams. PMID:25793016

  14. Evaluation Of Optical Property And Thermal Behaviour Of A Sapphire Tip Catheter During ND:YAG Laser Delivery

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    Barbieri, E.; Sahafi, F.; Fourrier, J. L.; Mordon, S.; Brunetaud, J. M.; Stankowiack, C.; Bertrand, M. E.

    1988-06-01

    The laser angioplasty is now clinically used, but complications like perforation, dissection and aneurysm formation reduce its large utilisation in arteriosclerotic arterial diseases. Many technical improvements have been done, without full satisfaction. Rounded sapphire tips (RST) are now used. To found their action mechanism, we studied their thermal behaviour (without cooling, with gas cooling, and with saline cooling) with an infrared thermographic camera, and we studied their optical properties with a power meter and a beam scanner. Three RST have been used : a clear and frosted RST from LASERSONICS (LS), and a frosted RST from SURGICAL LASER TECHNOLOGY (SLT). Two lasers have been used. The power used was 10, 15, and 20 watts with the Nd:YAG, and 1, 2, and 3 watts with the argon. The time exposure was 1 and 2 seconds. The optical transmittance, defined by the power ratio with/without the sapphire, and varied from 57% to 88% . The light distribution from the sapphire tip showed a focusing effect, different for each sapphire, with a focal length varied from 0.3 mm to 2 mm. The beam surface ratio, defined by surface at contact/surface at a focal length, varied from 1.3 to 7.9 . The thermal behaviour showed no increase of temperature for the Lasersonics clear sapphire (LS.C), with both lasers. Lasersonics frosted sapphire (LS.C), heat up with the Nd:YAG with a temperature always inferior to 110°C. Surgical laser technology (SLT) sapphire heat up with both Nd: YAG and argon laser with a temperature always inferior to 300°C. The atraumatic shape of RST compare to the bare fiber, and its less thermal increasing compare to the hot tip, can be interesting for laser angioplasty.

  15. Sapphire mirror for the KAGRA gravitational wave detector

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    Hirose, Eiichi; Bajuk, Dan; Billingsley, GariLynn; Kajita, Takaaki; Kestner, Bob; Mio, Norikatsu; Ohashi, Masatake; Reichman, Bill; Yamamoto, Hiroaki; Zhang, Liyuan

    2014-03-01

    KAGRA, the Japanese interferometric gravitational wave detector currently under construction, will employ sapphire test masses for its cryogenic operation. Sapphire has an advantage in its higher thermal conductivity near the operating temperature 20 K compared to fused silica used in other gravitational wave detectors, but there are some uncertain properties for the application such as hardness, optical absorption, and birefringence. We introduce an optical design of the test masses and our recent R&D results to address the above properties. Test polish of sapphire substrate has especially proven that specifications on the surface are sufficiently met. Recent measurements of absorption and inhomogeneity of the refractive index of the sapphire substrate indicate that the other properties are also acceptable to use sapphire crystal as test masses.

  16. Ultrabroadband noncollinear optical parametric amplification with LBO crystal.

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    Zhao, Baozhen; Jiang, Yongliang; Sueda, Keiich; Miyanaga, Noriaki; Kobayashi, Takayoshi

    2008-11-10

    Ultrabroadband visible noncollinear optical parametric amplification (NOPA) was achieved in an LBO crystal, with a continuum seed pulse generated from a sapphire plate. The spectral bandwidth of the amplified visible pulse was about 200 nm, which can support sub-5 fs pulse amplification. An amplified output of 0.21 microJ with an average gain of about 210 was achieved. This provides, to the best of our knowledge, the first-time demonstration of such broadband amplification with a biaxial nonlinear optical crystal. Both the simulation and experimental results indicate that the LBO has a great potential as nonlinear medium in power amplifier for TW to PW noncollinear optical parametric chirped pulse amplification (NOPCPA) systems. PMID:19581976

  17. Microfabrication of optical elements with femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser oscillator

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    Bai, Bing; Zhou, Changhe; Sun, Xiaohui; Ru, Huayi

    2005-01-01

    We report the experimental fabrication of optical elements with femtosecond pulses. The laser source we adopted is a low power Ti: sapphire laser oscillator, with a central wavelength of 790 nm and pulse duration of 100 fs. Positive-photoresist-coated film acts as the sacrificial material. To obtain the optical elements, three microobjectives with high numerical aperture 0.25 and 0.1 were used to focus the light beam of femtosecond laser. Due to the extreme high intensity of the tightly focused femtosecond laser beam, nonlinear effect occurred between photoresist and the laser pulses, which enable the ablation of the photoresist. In the experiments, we use a translational stage that hold the sample by a pump through a ventage. Various gratings and phase plates are fabricated by this method. The obtained gratings patterns are checked with a conventional optical microscopy. The fabricating widths and depths are measured with the Taylor Hobson equipment. With the same method, photomask for microelectronics can also be fabricated. From the experimental results, we see that the fabrication of the different microobjectives can be achieved with this method. This technique can be applied to the fields of microoptics and microelectronics. The mechanism between femtosecond laser and photoresist is also investigated. The processing mechanics is considered as laser ablation. Fabrication of optical elements with femtosecond laser reflects a new trend for fabrication of microoptical elements.

  18. Microfabrication of optical elements with femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser oscillator

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    Sun, Xiaohui; Zhou, Changhe; Liu, Liren; Yu, Bingkun

    2004-10-01

    We demonstrate experimentally fabrication of optical elements with femtosecond pulses. The laser source we adopted is a low power Ti: sapphire laser oscillator, with a central wavelength of 790 nm and pulse duration of 100 fs. Positive-photoresist-film-coated glass substrate acts as the sacrificial material. Due to the extreme high intensity of the tightly focused femtosecond laser beam, nonlinear processing occurred between photoresist and the laser pulses, which enable the sub-micron feature processing. In the experiments, we use a translational stage that is controlled by a computer to accurately move for fabrication of optical elements with high precision. Various gratings and phase plates are fabricated by this method. The obtained gratings patterns are checked with a conventional optical microscopy. The fabricating widths and depths are measured with the Taylor Hobson equipment. With the same method, photomask for microelectronics can also be fabricated. From the experimental results, we see that a high processing precision and the feature size exceeding the diffraction limit can be achieved with this method. This technique can be applied to the fields of microoptics and microelectronics. The mechanism between femtosecond laser and photoresist is also investigated. The processing mechanics is considered as laser ablation and nonlinear two-photon absorption phenomenon. Fabrication of optical elements with femtosecond laser reflects a new trend for fabrication of microoptical elements.

  19. Ti:sapphire-pumped deep-infrared femtosecond optical parametric oscillator based on CdSiP2.

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    Ramaiah-Badarla, V; Chaitanya Kumar, S; Esteban-Martin, A; Devi, K; Zawilski, K T; Schunemann, P G; Ebrahim-Zadeh, M

    2016-04-15

    We report on a femtosecond optical parametric oscillator (OPO) for the deep-infrared (deep-IR) based on the Kerr-lens-mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser as the pump source. By deploying a novel cascaded intracavity arrangement, comprising a femtosecond OPO based on the nonlinear crystal, CdSiP2, synchronously pumped internal to a MgO:PPLN femtosecond OPO, we have generated broadly tunable radiation across 5958-8117 nm using rapid static cavity delay tuning, with a maximum power of 64 μW at 6791 nm, limited by the absorption in mirror substrates as well as polarization-dependent intracavity losses. The deep-IR idler power exhibits excellent passive stability of better than 1.1% rms over 2 h, with a spectral bandwidth as large as ∼650  nm at ∼6800  nm. The demonstrated concept is generic and can be similarly deployed in other operating time scales and wavelength regions, also using different laser pump sources and nonlinear materials. PMID:27082325

  20. Silicon-Based Optical Waveguide Modulators and Mode-Locked TITANIUM:SAPPHIRE Laser Dynamics.

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    Liu, Yanming

    Single-mode deeply-etched silicon-germanium/silicon (SiGe/Si) rib waveguides have been fabricated and characterized with low propagation losses and strong guiding. Such a waveguide structure is suitable for bent waveguide devices and provides efficient field overlapping, which is needed for devices requiring strong nonlinear coupling. Using the deeply-etched waveguide technique, we have fabricated Si/SiGe/Si Mach-Zehnder modulators, which show strong single-mode waveguiding but only small electro -optic modulation has been observed so far. Another Si modulator is a Fabry-Perot interferometer. We have demonstrated all-optical modulation at 1.3 μm and 1.5 μm in the reflection mode of the asymmetric Si Fabry-Perot interferometer by a control light beam at 0.85 mum. Both switching -on and switching-off operations are demonstrated by transversely moving the etalon. In addition, we have analyzed that silicon carbide (SiC) waveguides exhibit low loss for fundamental modes and high loss for higher-order modes at wavelengths from 0.6 to 1.6 mum. Electro-optic modulation is analyzed with a SiC-on-SiO_2 waveguide structure. Such modulators are potential candidates for high-speed electro-optic modulation for silicon-based optoelectronic devices. Furthermore, we studied the dynamics of a Kerr -lens self-mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser, generating 40 -fs pulses and tunable from 750 nm to 920 nm. A moving mirror was first proposed as a starting mechanism for self -mode locking and the starting dynamics is studied in detail. In addition, periodic pulse-train amplitude modulations have been observed and studied. The observation of the amplitude modulation further confirms the dynamic Kerr-lens self -focusing model of self-mode locking in Ti:sapphire lasers and helps us better understand the laser performance. Furthermore, dual-wavelength mode locking is observed over a broad tuning range, which would be very useful for two-wavelength subpicosecond optical sampling, such as pump

  1. Octave-spanning Ti:sapphire laser with a repetition rate >1 ghz for optical frequency measurements and comparisons.

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    Fortier, T M; Bartels, A; Diddams, S A

    2006-04-01

    We demonstrate a self-referenced, octave-spanning, mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser with a scalable repetition rate (550 MHz - 1.35 GHz). We use the frequency comb output of the laser, without additional broadening in optical fiber, for simultaneous measurements against atomic optical standards at 534, 578, 563, and 657 nm and to stabilize the laser offset frequency. PMID:16599240

  2. 1 Hz linewidth Ti:sapphire laser as local oscillator for (40)Ca(+) optical clocks.

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    Bian, Wu; Huang, Yao; Guan, Hua; Liu, Peiliang; Ma, Longsheng; Gao, Kelin

    2016-06-01

    A Ti:sapphire laser at 729 nm is frequency stabilized to an ultra-stable ultra-low thermal expansion coefficient (ULE) cavity by means of Pound-Drever-Hall method. An acousto-optic modulator is used as the fast frequency feedback component. 1 Hz linewidth and 2 × 10(-15) frequency stability at 1-100 s are characterized by optical beating with a separated Fabry-Perot cavity stabilized diode laser. Compared to the universal method that the error signal feedback to inject current of a diode laser, this scheme is demonstrated to be simple and also effective for linewidth narrowing. The temperature of zero coefficient of the thermal expansion of the ULE cavity is measured with the help of a femto-second frequency comb. And the performance of the laser is well defined by locking it to the unperturbed clock transition line-center of 4 S1/2-3 D5/2 clock transition of a single laser cooled (40)Ca(+) ion. A Fourier-transform limited resonance of 6 Hz (Δv/v = 1.5 × 10(-14)) is observed. This laser is also used as the local oscillator for the comparison experiment of two (40)Ca(+) ion optical clocks and improves the stability of comparison for an order of magnitude better than the previous results. PMID:27370440

  3. 1 Hz linewidth Ti:sapphire laser as local oscillator for 40Ca+ optical clocks

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    Bian, Wu; Huang, Yao; Guan, Hua; Liu, Peiliang; Ma, Longsheng; Gao, Kelin

    2016-06-01

    A Ti:sapphire laser at 729 nm is frequency stabilized to an ultra-stable ultra-low thermal expansion coefficient (ULE) cavity by means of Pound-Drever-Hall method. An acousto-optic modulator is used as the fast frequency feedback component. 1 Hz linewidth and 2 × 10-15 frequency stability at 1-100 s are characterized by optical beating with a separated Fabry-Perot cavity stabilized diode laser. Compared to the universal method that the error signal feedback to inject current of a diode laser, this scheme is demonstrated to be simple and also effective for linewidth narrowing. The temperature of zero coefficient of the thermal expansion of the ULE cavity is measured with the help of a femto-second frequency comb. And the performance of the laser is well defined by locking it to the unperturbed clock transition line-center of 4 S1/2-3 D5/2 clock transition of a single laser cooled 40Ca+ ion. A Fourier-transform limited resonance of 6 Hz (Δv/v = 1.5 × 10-14) is observed. This laser is also used as the local oscillator for the comparison experiment of two 40Ca+ ion optical clocks and improves the stability of comparison for an order of magnitude better than the previous results.

  4. Liquid-Crystal Optical Correlator

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    Liu, Hua-Kuang

    1989-01-01

    Optical correlator uses commercially-available liquid-crystal television (LCTV) screen as spatial light modulator. Correlations with this device done at video frame rates, making such operations as bar-code recognition possible at reasonable cost. With further development, such correlator useful in automation, robotic vision, and optical image processing.

  5. Diamond turning of optical crystals

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    Saito, T.T.; Syn, C.K.; Fuchs, B.A.; Velsko, S.P.

    1990-03-01

    Diamond turning (DT) has proven to be a cost effective optical fabrication technique for both aspherical and spherical/flat figures when precise geometrical tolerances are important. We are interested in the DT of crystals for several reasons. DT has been very effective to insure requisite accurate geometrical orientation of optical surfaces to crystalline axes for frequency conversion applications. Also, DT can achieve figure up to the edge of the crystal. Another key DT benefit is enhanced laser damage threshold, which we feel in part is due to the freedom of the surface from polishing impurities. Several important issues for diamond turning optical crystals are the tool wear, associated surface finish, and laser damage properties. We have found that careful selection and control of diamond turning parameters can yield production techniques for crystals previously considered incompatible with diamond turning. 8 refs., 2 tabs.

  6. Vapor phase growth of GaN crystals with different morphologies and orientations on graphite and sapphire substrates

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    Miura, Akira; Shimada, Shiro . E-mail: shimashi@eng.hokudai.ac.jp

    2006-09-14

    GaN crystals were grown on graphite and sapphire substrates at 990-1050 deg. C by reaction of Ga{sub 2}O with flowing NH{sub 3}. Ga{sub 2}O gas was produced at a constant rate (1.3 wt% min{sup -1}) by reaction of Ga{sub 2}O{sub 3} with carbon at 1000-1060 deg. C. The effect of NH{sub 3} concentration (3-100 vol%) and the nature of the substrate on the morphology and orientation of the GaN crystals were determined by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and selected area electron diffraction. It was found that sheet and plate-like crystals grew at different orientations to the substrate with different NH{sub 3} concentrations and substrates.

  7. Anisotropic structural and optical properties of semi-polar (11-22) GaN grown on m-plane sapphire using double AlN buffer layers

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    Zhao, Guijuan; Wang, Lianshan; Yang, Shaoyan; Li, Huijie; Wei, Hongyuan; Han, Dongyue; Wang, Zhanguo

    2016-02-01

    We report the anisotropic structural and optical properties of semi-polar (11-22) GaN grown on m-plane sapphire using a three-step growth method which consisted of a low temperature AlN buffer layer, followed by a high temperature AlN buffer layer and GaN growth. By introducing double AlN buffer layers, we substantially improve the crystal and optical qualities of semi-polar (11-22) GaN, and significantly reduce the density of stacking faults and dislocations. The high resolution x-ray diffraction measurement revealed that the in-plane anisotropic structural characteristics of GaN layer are azimuthal dependent. Transmission electron microscopy analysis showed that the majority of dislocations in the GaN epitaxial layer grown on m-sapphire are the mixed-type and the orientation of GaN layer was rotated 58.4° against the substrate. The room temperature photoluminescence (PL) spectra showed the PL intensity and wavelength have polarization dependence along parallel and perpendicular to the [1-100] axis (polarization degrees ~ 0.63). The realization of a high polarization semi-polar GaN would be useful to achieve III-nitride based lighting emission device for displays and backlighting.

  8. Anisotropic structural and optical properties of semi-polar (11-22) GaN grown on m-plane sapphire using double AlN buffer layers.

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    Zhao, Guijuan; Wang, Lianshan; Yang, Shaoyan; Li, Huijie; Wei, Hongyuan; Han, Dongyue; Wang, Zhanguo

    2016-01-01

    We report the anisotropic structural and optical properties of semi-polar (11-22) GaN grown on m-plane sapphire using a three-step growth method which consisted of a low temperature AlN buffer layer, followed by a high temperature AlN buffer layer and GaN growth. By introducing double AlN buffer layers, we substantially improve the crystal and optical qualities of semi-polar (11-22) GaN, and significantly reduce the density of stacking faults and dislocations. The high resolution x-ray diffraction measurement revealed that the in-plane anisotropic structural characteristics of GaN layer are azimuthal dependent. Transmission electron microscopy analysis showed that the majority of dislocations in the GaN epitaxial layer grown on m-sapphire are the mixed-type and the orientation of GaN layer was rotated 58.4° against the substrate. The room temperature photoluminescence (PL) spectra showed the PL intensity and wavelength have polarization dependence along parallel and perpendicular to the [1-100] axis (polarization degrees ~ 0.63). The realization of a high polarization semi-polar GaN would be useful to achieve III-nitride based lighting emission device for displays and backlighting. PMID:26861595

  9. Anisotropic structural and optical properties of semi-polar (11–22) GaN grown on m-plane sapphire using double AlN buffer layers

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    Zhao, Guijuan; Wang, Lianshan; Yang, Shaoyan; Li, Huijie; Wei, Hongyuan; Han, Dongyue; Wang, Zhanguo

    2016-01-01

    We report the anisotropic structural and optical properties of semi-polar (11–22) GaN grown on m-plane sapphire using a three-step growth method which consisted of a low temperature AlN buffer layer, followed by a high temperature AlN buffer layer and GaN growth. By introducing double AlN buffer layers, we substantially improve the crystal and optical qualities of semi-polar (11–22) GaN, and significantly reduce the density of stacking faults and dislocations. The high resolution x-ray diffraction measurement revealed that the in-plane anisotropic structural characteristics of GaN layer are azimuthal dependent. Transmission electron microscopy analysis showed that the majority of dislocations in the GaN epitaxial layer grown on m-sapphire are the mixed-type and the orientation of GaN layer was rotated 58.4° against the substrate. The room temperature photoluminescence (PL) spectra showed the PL intensity and wavelength have polarization dependence along parallel and perpendicular to the [1–100] axis (polarization degrees ~ 0.63). The realization of a high polarization semi-polar GaN would be useful to achieve III-nitride based lighting emission device for displays and backlighting. PMID:26861595

  10. Liquid crystal assisted optical fibres.

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    Wahle, M; Kitzerow, H-S

    2014-01-13

    Microstructured fibres which consist of a circular step index core and a liquid crystal inclusion running parallel to this core are investigated. The attenuation and electro-optic effects of light coupled into the core are measured. Coupled mode theory is used to study the interaction of core modes with the liquid crystal inclusion. The experimental and theoretical results show that these fibres can exhibit attenuation below 0.16 dB cm(-1) in off-resonant wavelength regions and still have significant electro-optic effects which can lead to a polarisation extinction of 6 dB cm(-1). PMID:24514987

  11. Optical tweezers on biaxial crystal

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    Angelsky, Oleg V.; Maksimyak, Andrew P.; Maksimyak, Peter P.

    2009-10-01

    In this paper, we propose optical tweezers based on a biaxial crystal. To control the movement of opaque particles, we use the shift polarization interferometer. The results of experimental study of laser tweezers are shown. We demonstrates movement of a microparticle of toner using singular-optical trap, rotate a particle due to orbital momentum, conversion of two traps when changing the plane of polarizer transmission and converging of two traps.

  12. Optics of globular photonic crystals

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    Gorelik, V S

    2007-05-31

    The results of experimental and theoretical studies of the optical properties of globular photonic crystals - new physical objects having a crystal structure with the lattice period exceeding considerably the atomic size, are presented. As globular photonic crystals, artificial opal matrices consisting of close-packed silica globules of diameter {approx}200 nm were used. The reflection spectra of these objects characterising the parameters of photonic bands existing in these crystals in the visible spectral region are presented. The idealised models of the energy band structure of photonic crystals investigated in the review give analytic dispersion dependences for the group velocity and the effective photon mass in a globular photonic crystal. The characteristics of secondary emission excited in globular photonic crystals by monochromatic and broadband radiation are presented. The results of investigations of single-photon-excited delayed scattering of light observed in globular photonic crystals exposed to cw UV radiation and radiation from a repetitively pulsed copper vapour laser are presented. The possibilities of using globular photonic crystals as active media for lasing in different spectral regions are considered. It is proposed to use globular photonic crystals as sensitive sensors in optoelectronic devices for molecular analysis of organic and inorganic materials by the modern methods of laser spectroscopy. The results of experimental studies of spontaneous and stimulated globular scattering of light are discussed. The conditions for observing resonance and two-photon-excited delayed scattering of light are found. The possibility of accumulation and localisation of the laser radiation energy inside a globular photonic crystal is reported. (review)

  13. High refractive index immersion liquid for superresolution 3D imaging using sapphire-based aplanatic numerical aperture increasing lens optics.

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    Laskar, Junaid M; Shravan Kumar, P; Herminghaus, Stephan; Daniels, Karen E; Schröter, Matthias

    2016-04-20

    Optically transparent immersion liquids with refractive index (n∼1.77) to match the sapphire-based aplanatic numerical aperture increasing lens (aNAIL) are necessary for achieving deep 3D imaging with high spatial resolution. We report that antimony tribromide (SbBr3) salt dissolved in liquid diiodomethane (CH2I2) provides a new high refractive index immersion liquid for optics applications. The refractive index is tunable from n=1.74 (pure) to n=1.873 (saturated), by adjusting either salt concentration or temperature; this allows it to match (or even exceed) the refractive index of sapphire. Importantly, the solution gives excellent light transmittance in the ultraviolet to near-infrared range, an improvement over commercially available immersion liquids. This refractive-index-matched immersion liquid formulation has enabled us to develop a sapphire-based aNAIL objective that has both high numerical aperture (NA=1.17) and long working distance (WD=12  mm). This opens up new possibilities for deep 3D imaging with high spatial resolution. PMID:27140083

  14. Structural and optical properties of low temperature grown AlN films on sapphire using helicon sputtering system

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    Chen, Meei-Ru; Chen, Hou-Guang; Kao, Hui-Ling Wu, Ming-Guei; Tzou, An-Jye; Chen, Jyh Shin; Chou, Hsiung

    2015-05-15

    AlN thin films have been deposited directly on c-plane sapphire substrates at low temperatures by a helicon sputtering system. The structural quality of AlN epitaxial films was characterized by x-ray diffractometry and transmission electron microscopy. The films exhibit smooth surface with root-mean-square roughness as small as 0.7 nm evaluated by atomic force microscope. The optical transmittance spectra show a steep absorption edge at the wavelength of 200 nm and a high transmittance of over 80% in the visible range. The band-edge transition (6.30 eV) of AlN film was observed in the cathodoluminescence spectrum recorded at 11 K. The spectral response of metal–semiconductor–metal photodetectors constructed with AlN/sapphire reveals the peak responsivity at 200 nm and a UV/visible rejection ratio of about two orders of magnitude. The results of this low temperature deposition suggest the feasibility of the epitaxial growth of AlN on sapphire substrates and the incorporation of the AlN films in the surface acoustic wave devices and the optical devices at deep ultraviolet region.

  15. Optical trapping in liquid crystals

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    Simoni, F.; Lucchetti, L.; Criante, L.; Bracalente, F.; Aieta, F.

    2010-08-01

    Optical trapping and manipulation of micrometric silica particles dispersed in a nematic liquid crystal is reported. Several kind of samples are considered: homeotropic and planar undoped cells and homeotropic and planar cells doped by a small amount of the azo-dye Methyl-Red. The incident light intensity is over the threshold for optical reorientation of the molecular director. The refractive index of the dispersed particles is lower than the ones of the liquid crystal therefore the usual conditions for laser trapping and manipulation are not fulfilled. Nevertheless optical trapping is possible and is closely related to the optical nonlinearity of the hosting liquid crystal1. Trapping in doped and undoped cells are compared and it is shown that in the first case intensity lower by more than one order of magnitude is required as compared to the one needed in undoped samples. The effect is faster and the structural forces are of longer range. The formation of bubble-gum like defects in doped samples under certain experimental conditions is also reported and discussed.

  16. Analysis of crystal orientation in AlN layers grown on m-plane sapphire

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    Mogilatenko, A.; Kirmse, H.; Stellmach, J.; Frentrup, M.; Mehnke, F.; Wernicke, T.; Kneissl, M.; Weyers, M.

    2014-08-01

    Our study reports on the microstructure of AlN layers grown on m-plane sapphire by metal organic vapor phase epitaxy. We have found that AlN can nucleate with three different orientations on the m-plane sapphire surface: semipolar (112¯2) and (11¯03) as well as m-plane (11¯00). Depending on the growth conditions, i.e. V/III ratio, the differently oriented crystallites exhibit different lateral and vertical growth rates. At a low V/III ratio of 626 the vertical growth rate of semipolar (112¯2) AlN regions is much lower than that of the (11¯03) and (11¯00) oriented grains, which results in an almost complete lateral overgrowth of the (112¯2) AlN oriented regions. In contrast, a high V/III ratio of 1043 leads to the formation of uniform semipolar (112¯2) AlN layers. Nevertheless, the formation of differently oriented AlN crystallites could not be suppressed completely. These randomly appearing crystallites still show a high vertical growth rate and lead to a deterioration of the surface morphology.

  17. Optical Magnetometer Incorporating Photonic Crystals

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    Kulikov, Igor; Florescu, Lucia

    2007-01-01

    According to a proposal, photonic crystals would be used to greatly increase the sensitivities of optical magnetometers that are already regarded as ultrasensitive. The proposal applies, more specifically, to a state-of-the-art type of quantum coherent magnetometer that exploits the electromagnetically-induced-transparency (EIT) method for determining a small change in a magnetic field indirectly via measurement of the shift, induced by that change, in the hyperfine levels of resonant atoms exposed to the field.

  18. Optimization of a femtosecond Ti : sapphire amplifier using a acouto-optic programmable dispersive filter and a genetic algorithm.

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    Korovyanko, O. J.; Rey-de-Castro, R.; Elles, C. G.; Crowell, R. A.; Li, Y.

    2006-01-01

    The temporal output of a Ti:Sapphire laser system has been optimized using an acousto-optic programmable dispersive filter and a genetic algorithm. In-situ recording the evolution of spectral phase, amplitude and temporal pulse profile for each iteration of the algorithm using SPIDER shows that we are able to lock the spectral phase of the laser pulse within a narrow margin. By using the second harmonic of the CPA laser as feedback for the genetic algorithm, it has been demonstrated that severe mismatch between the compressor and stretcher can be compensated for in a short period of time.

  19. Effect of surface pretreatment of r-plane sapphire substrates on the crystal quality of a-plane AlN

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    Lin, Chia-Hung; Yasui, Daiki; Tamaki, Shinya; Miyake, Hideto; Hiramatsu, Kazumasa

    2016-05-01

    Single-crystal a-plane AlN(11\\bar{2}0) films were grown on r-plane sapphire (1\\bar{1}02) substrates by hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE). We performed the optimization of thermal cleaning and nitridation conditions for r-plane sapphire substrates, and investigated the effect of ammonia (NH3) preflow on the crystallinity of a-plane AlN. An r-plane sapphire substrate with uniformly straight atomic steps was formed at 1000 °C, and NH3 preflow was subsequently supplied. The growth mode of a-plane AlN was promoted to be three-dimensional (3D) growth by the nitridation of r-plane sapphire substrates, and sizes of 3D islands were modified by changing the NH3 preflow time. The crystallinity of a-plane AlN films was improved by varying the NH3 preflow time from 30 to 90 s. The optimum crystal quality of a-plane AlN films was obtained with NH3 preflow for 30 s.

  20. Orientation relationships of copper crystals on sapphire (1 0 1¯ 0) m-plane and (1 0 1¯ 2) r-plane substrates

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    Chatain, Dominique; Curiotto, Stefano; Wynblatt, Paul; Meltzman, Hila; Kaplan, Wayne D.; Rohrer, Gregory S.

    2015-05-01

    Copper films deposited on m- and r-plane sapphire substrates have been dewetted in either the solid or the liquid state, and equilibrated at 1253 K. The orientation relationships (ORs) between the dewetted copper crystals and the sapphire substrates have been investigated by electron backscatter diffraction. In addition, the shape of the copper/sapphire interface has been studied by scanning electron microscopy. Although the as-deposited films develop {1 1 1} surfaces parallel to both substrates, after solid state dewetting the copper crystals on the m-plane substrate are found to change their interface plane from Cu{1 1 1}||Al2O3(m-plane) to Cu{1 1 1}|| Al2O3 (a-plane), and after liquid state dewetting the preferred OR of copper on both m- and r-plane substrates may be expressed as: Cu{1 1 1}<1 1 0> || Al2O3 {1 1 2bar 0}<0 0 0 1>. This OR is identical to that previously observed for copper on the sapphire a-plane.

  1. Characterization of critically cleaned sapphire single-crystal substrates by atomic force microscopy, XPS and contact angle measurements

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    Zhang, Dan; Wang, You; Gan, Yang

    2013-06-01

    A contaminant-free surface of single-crystal α-Al2O3 (or sapphire) substrates is key to the experimental studies of its surface and interfacial properties at ambient conditions. Here we critically evaluated methods reported in the literature using comprehensive surface analysis techniques including atomic force microscopy, XPS and contact angle measurements. We found that reported methods did not perform well in terms of removing both organic and particulate contaminants from the (0 0 0 1) basal surface. After thoroughly examining the cleaning effect of various chemical solutions and UV light and plasma irradiation, and based on modified RCA cleaning protocols, we proposed a new wet-cleaning method showing outstanding cleaning performance. This new reliable method will be very useful for the next-step surface chemistry study of single-crystal α-Al2O3. It was also demonstrated that AFM, due to its high spatial resolution and sensitivity as a local probe technique, was an indispensable tool for surface contamination control studies.

  2. Determining Optical Axes of Uniaxial Crystals

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    Schock, H. J.; Regan, C. A.; Lock, J. A.

    1987-01-01

    Polarizing-microscope concept adapted for thick samples. Optical axis of crystal usually found by examining sample thinner than 1 mm between crossed polarizing plates. Frequently impractical to cut off small sample of crystal for testing, technique modified to accommodate large crystals. Ability to circumvent effect of birefringence has applications where laser beams must be transmitted through uniaxial crystals, as in laser diagnostics of contained flows in systems requiring windows for optical access.

  3. Determination of Second-Order Nonlinear Optical Susceptibility of GaN Films on Sapphire

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    Fujita, Takashi; Hasegawa, Tatsuo; Haraguchi, Masanobu; Okamoto, Toshihiro; Fukui, Masuo; Nakamura, Syuji

    2000-05-01

    The second-order nonlinear susceptibilities of GaN films on sapphire were determined by the Maker fringe technique. In deriving the second-harmonic intensity, the bound wave propagating from the GaN-air interface to the GaN-sapphire interface and that propagating in the opposite direction were taken into account. We obtained |χ(2)zxx|=14.7±0.2 pm/V, |χ(2)xzx|=14.4±0.2 pm/V and |χ(2)zzz|=29.7±0.7 pm/V for the GaN film with a thickness of 2.55 μm using fundamental light with a wavelength of 1.064 μm.

  4. Dual Femtosecond TITANIUM:SAPPHIRE Laser for Ultrafast Optical Sampling Two-Color Pump/probe Studies.

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    Luo, Ningyi Daniel

    A pair of self-synchronous Ti:Sapphire lasers have been setup for two-color pump/probe detection in the sub-picosecond time regime. The two 75 femtosecond self -mode-locked Ti:Sapphire lasers are operated asynchronously at slightly different repetition rates to provide continuously varying dynamic delay times. They are tunable at 700-890 nm. The shorter wavelength pulses from one laser are used as a pump source, while the longer wavelength pulses are used as a probe. The sum-frequency pulses generated by the cross-correlation of the two laser pulses are used to define the "time-zero" position and trigger the pump/probe process. The experiment is triggered at the difference frequency, and the signal can be averaged many times allowing a weak signal to build up. Dual-time scale is involved with the interpretation of the signal, which allows the experiment to be carried on the real time scale and the signal to be recorded on a much reduced equivalent time scale. Excited state lifetime measurement of laser HITCI has proven that this technology is practically feasible. Several advantages have been seen: (1) independent wavelength tunability of the pump and probe lasers; (2) variable femto- to nano -second pump/probe time delay; (3) fast (mu s-ms) data collection time; (4) compact optical layout, without the need for optical delay lines and modulators, and thus, simple optical alignment. This study sheds light on the development of a novel compact high speed optical instrument.

  5. Pulsed modification of germanium films on silicon, sapphire, and quartz substrates: Structure and optical properties

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    Novikov, H. A.; Batalov, R. I. Bayazitov, R. M.; Faizrakhmanov, I. A.; Lyadov, N. M.; Shustov, V. A.; Galkin, K. N.; Galkin, N. G.; Chernev, I. M.; Ivlev, G. D.; Prokop’ev, S. L.; Gaiduk, P. I.

    2015-06-15

    The structural and optical properties of thin Ge films deposited onto semiconducting and insulating substrates and modified by pulsed laser radiation are studied. The films are deposited by the sputtering of a Ge target with a low-energy Xe{sup +} ion beam. Crystallization of the films is conducted by their exposure to nanosecond ruby laser radiation pulses (λ = 0.694 μm) with the energy density W = 0.2−1.4 J cm{sup −2}. During pulsed laser treatment, the irradiated area is probed with quasi-cw (quasi-continuous-wave) laser radiation (λ = 0.532 and 1.064 μm), with the reflectance recorded R(t). Experimental data on the lifetime of the Ge melt are compared with the results of calculation, and good agreement between them is demonstrated. Through the use of a number of techniques, the dependences of the composition of the films, their crystal structure, the level of strains, and the reflectance and transmittance on the conditions of deposition and annealing are established.

  6. Structural, Optical, and Electrical Characterization of Monoclinic β-Ga2O3 Grown by MOVPE on Sapphire Substrates

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    Tadjer, Marko J.; Mastro, Michael A.; Mahadik, Nadeemullah A.; Currie, Marc; Wheeler, Virginia D.; Freitas, Jaime A.; Greenlee, Jordan D.; Hite, Jennifer K.; Hobart, Karl D.; Eddy, Charles R.; Kub, Fritz J.

    2016-04-01

    Epitaxial growth of monoclinic β-Ga2O3 on a-plane and c-plane sapphire substrates by metalorganic vapor-phase epitaxy (MOVPE) is reported. Crystalline phase, growth rate (˜150 nm/h), and energy gap (˜4.7 eV) were determined by x-ray diffraction and optical reflectance measurements. Film density of ˜5.6 g/cm3 measured by x-ray reflectivity suggests the presence of vacancies, and the O-rich growth regime implies the presence of Ga vacancies in the films. O/Ga ratio of 1.13, as measured by XPS for Ga2O3 grown on c-plane Al2O3, suggests that, near the surface, the film is O-deficient. Atomic force microscopy revealed smoother, smaller grain size when films were grown on c-plane Al2O3. Raman spectroscopy suggested inclusions of α-Ga2O3, likely present at the sapphire interface due to growth on nonnative substrate. Samples of β-Ga2O3 were selectively implanted with Si in the source/drain regions and subsequently annealed at 1000°C for 10 min. Normally-off transistors (V T ≅ 4.7 V) with 20-nm-thick Al2O3 gate oxide were fabricated, and a maximum drain-source current of 4.8 nA was measured.

  7. Histological characteristics of peri-implant mucosa around Brånemark and single-crystal sapphire implants.

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    Arvidson, K; Fartash, B; Hilliges, M; Köndell, P A

    1996-03-01

    Soft tissues surrounding Brånemark titanium implants and single crystal sapphire implants were studied by conventional light- and transmission electron microscopy and by immunohistochemical markers for cytokeratin, protein S-100, Factor VIII and KP1. Histological sections of biopsies obtained from clinically healthy peri-implant mucosa were separated into a keratinized outer implant epithelium and an inner, non-keratinized epithelium, both immunoreactive towards cytokeratin. The inner implant epithelium terminated in a junctional epithelium, apically not a few cell layers thick. The cells adjacent to the implant showed a condensed cytoplasm, resembling hemidesmosomes. In the underlying connective tissue, rich in fibroblasts and factor VIII immunoreactive blood vessels, the bundles of collagen ran in different directions. S-100 immunoreactive nerve structures were more frequently found beneath the outer than the inner implant epithelium. Inflammatory cell infiltrates, some KP1 positive, were observed in the apical parts of the inner implant epithelium. S-100 positive Langerhans' cells were present mainly within the the outer implant epithelium. For the two implant systems, the techniques disclosed no qualitative structural differences in the adjacent soft tissues. PMID:9002817

  8. Bifurcating optical pattern recognition in photorefractive crystals

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    Liu, Hua-Kuang

    1993-01-01

    A new concept and experimental demonstration of a bifurcating optical pattern recognizer that uses a nonlinear gain saturation memory medium such as a high-gain photorefractive crystal are presented. A barium titanate crystal is used as a typical example of the nonlinear medium for the demonstration of the bifurcating optical pattern recognizer.

  9. Low current operation of GaN-based blue-violet laser diodes fabricated on sapphire substrate using high-temperature-grown single-crystal AlN buffer layer

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    Ohba, Yasuo; Gotoda, Toru; Kaneko, Kei

    2007-01-01

    Low current laser operation at 405 nm has been demonstrated for the first time for the devices fabricated on sapphire substrates by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) using a high-temperature-grown single-crystal AlN buffer. The thick optical guiding layers were adopted to improve optical confinement. The device structure was the 2-μm-wide ridge-stripe type without facet coating. The minimum threshold current and current density were 60 mA and 3.8 kA/cm 2 for cavity lengths of 500 mm and 1 mm, respectively. These data were comparable to those reported using the special dislocation reduction techniques. The threshold current density linearly decreases with decreasing inverse of cavity length. It was expected that the low threshold current density ranging from 1 to 2 kA/cm 2 could be realized by adapting high reflection coating for laser facets. This expected current density was comparable to values realized for devices grown on the thick freestanding GaN as substrates. These findings support the promising potential of the HT-AlN buffer technique for production of advanced short-wavelength light-emitting devices on sapphire substrates.

  10. Demonstration of frequency control and CW diode laser injection control of a titanium-doped sapphire ring laser with no internal optical elements

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    Bair, Clayton H.; Brockman, Philip; Hess, Robert V.; Modlin, Edward A.

    1988-01-01

    Theoretical and experimental frequency narrowing studies of a Ti:sapphire ring laser with no intracavity optical elements are reported. Frequency narrowing has been achieved using a birefringent filter between a partially reflecting reverse wave suppressor mirror and the ring cavity output mirror. Results of CW diode laser injection seeding are reported.

  11. Evolution of the sapphire industry: Rubicon Technology and Gavish

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    Harris, Daniel C.

    2009-05-01

    A. Verneuil developed flame fusion to grow sapphire and ruby on a commercial scale around 1890. Flame fusion was further perfected by Popov in the Soviet Union in the 1930s and by Linde Air Products Co. in the U.S. during World War II. Union Carbide Corp., the successor to Linde, developed Czochralski crystal growth for sapphire laser materials in the 1960s. Stepanov in the Soviet Union published his sapphire growth method in 1959. Edge-Defined Film-Fed Growth (EFG), which is similar to the Stepanov method, was developed by H. Labelle in the U. S. in the 1960s and 1970s. The Heat Exchanger Method (HEM), invented by F. Schmid and D. Viechnicki in 1967 was commercialized in the 1970s. Gradient solidification was invented in Israel in the 1970s by J. Makovsky. The Horizontal Directional Solidification Method (HDSM) proposed by Kh. S. Bagdasorov in the Soviet Union in the 1960s was further developed at the Institute for Single Crystals in Ukraine. Kyropoulos growth of sapphire, known as GOI crystal growth in the Soviet Union, was developed by M. Musatov at the State Optical Institute in St. Petersburg in the 1970s and 1980s. At the Institute for Single Crystals in Ukraine, E. Dobrovinskaya characterized Verneuil, Czochralsky, Bagdasarov, and GOI sapphire. In 1995, she emigrated to the United States and joined S&R Rubicon, founded near Chicago by R. Mogilevsky initially to import sapphire and ruby. Mogilevsky began producing sapphire by the Kyropoulos method in 1999. In 2000 the company name was changed to Rubicon Technology. Today, Dobrovinskaya is Chief Scientist and Rubicon produces high quality Kyropoulos sapphire substrates for solid-state lighting. In 1995, H. Branover of Ben Gurion University and a sole investor founded Gavish, which is Hebrew for "crystal." They invited another veteran of the Ukrainian Institute for Single Crystals, V. Pishchik, to become Chief Scientist. Under Pishchik's technical leadership and J. Sragowicz's business leadership, Gavish now

  12. Optical temperature sensor utilizing birefringent crystals

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    Quick, William H. (Inventor); James, Kenneth A. (Inventor); Strahan, Virgil H. (Inventor)

    1980-01-01

    A temperature sensor comprising an optical transducer member having an array of birefringent crystals. The length and, accordingly, the sensitivity to temperature change of successive birefringent crystals varies according to a particular relationship. The transducer is interconnected with a fiber optic transmission and detecting system. Respective optical output signals that are transmitted from the birefringent crystals via the fiber optic transmission system are detected and decoded so as to correspond to digits of a numbering system, whereby an accurate digital representation of temperature can ultimately be provided.

  13. Optical diagnostics of the laser-induced phase transformations in thin germanium films on silicon, sapphire, and fused silica

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    Novikov, H. A.; Batalov, R. I.; Bayazitov, R. M.; Faizrakhmanov, I. A.; Ivlev, G. D.; Prokop'ev, S. L.

    2015-03-01

    The in-situ procedure is used to study the modification of thin (200-600 nm) germanium films induced by nanosecond pulses of a ruby laser. The films are produced using the ion-beam or magnetron sputtering on single-crystalline silicon (Si), sapphire (Al2O3), and fused silica (α-SiO2) substrates. The results on the dynamics of the laser-induced processes are obtained using the optical probing of the irradiated region at wavelengths of λ = 0.53 and 1.06 μm. The results of probing make it possible to determine the threshold laser energy densities that correspond to the Ge and Si melting and the generation of the Ge ablation plasma versus the amount of deposited Ge and thermophysical parameters of the substrate. The reflection oscillograms are used to obtain the dependences of the melt lifetime on the laser-pulse energy density.

  14. Optical Evaluation of DMDs with UV-Grade FS, Sapphire, MgF2 Windows and Reflectance of Bare Devices

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    Quijada, Manuel A.; Heap, Sara; Travinsky, Anton; Vorobiev, Dmitry; Ninkov, Zoran; Raisanen, Alan; Roberto, Massimo

    2016-01-01

    Digital Micro-mirror Devices (DMDs) have been identified as an alternative to microshutter arrays for space-based multi-object spectrometers (MOS). Specifically, the MOS at the heart of a proposed Galactic Evolution Spectroscopic Explorer (GESE) that uses the DMD as a reprogrammable slit mask. Unfortunately, the protective borosilicate windows limit the use of DMDs in the UV and IR regimes, where the glass has insufficient throughput. In this work, we present our efforts to replace standard DMD windows with custom windows made from UV-grade fused silica, Low Absorption Optical Sapphire (LAOS) and magnesium fluoride. We present reflectance measurements of the antireflection coated windows and a reflectance study of the DMDs active area (window removed). Furthermore, we investigated the long-term stability of the DMD reflectance and recoating device with fresh Al coatings.

  15. Optical vortex arrays from smectic liquid crystals.

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    Son, Baeksik; Kim, Sejeong; Kim, Yun Ho; Käläntär, K; Kim, Hwi-Min; Jeong, Hyeon-Su; Choi, Siyoung Q; Shin, Jonghwa; Jung, Hee-Tae; Lee, Yong-Hee

    2014-02-24

    We demonstrate large-area, closely-packed optical vortex arrays using self-assembled defects in smectic liquid crystals. Self-assembled smectic liquid crystals in a three-dimensional torus structure are called focal conic domains. Each FCD, having a micro-scale feature size, produces an optical vortex with consistent topological charge of 2. The spiral profile in the interferometry confirms the formation of an optical vortex, which is predicted by Jones matrix calculations. PMID:24663788

  16. Single-Crystal Sapphire High-Temperature Measurement Instrument for Coal Gasification

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    Zhang, Yibing; Pickrell, Gary; Qi, Bing; May, Russell G.; Wang, Anbo

    2003-09-01

    Based on the broadband polarimetric differential interferometry (BPDI) technology, a complete prototype optical sensor instrumentation system was designed and implemented for on-line reliable and accurate high temperature measurement in a slagging coal gasifier, which operates under high temperatures and extremely corrosive conditions. A wide dynamic measurement range from room temperature up to 1600 °C with a resolution better than 0.1 °C and high accuracy is achieved; long-term operating stability has also been tested.

  17. Crystal optical studies of lithium tetraborate

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    Kushnir, O. S.; Burak, Y. V.; Bevz, O. A.; Polovinko, I. I.

    1999-10-01

    Using the HAUP-type universal polarimeter and the Senarmont technique, detailed crystal optical studies of Li2B4O7, lithium tetraborate, are carried out. It is shown that the optical indicatrix rotation and the optical activity are absent from the crystal, in accordance with symmetry considerations. Measurements of optical birefringence reveal the existence of a regular staircase-like temperature behaviour in the whole range under investigation (290-480 K), a hysteresis character of the birefringence under cycling temperature and a pronounced thermooptical memory effect. The origins of the above phenomena are analysed, in particular the possible influence of the pyroelectric effect and systematic errors of the optical equipment. A conclusion is drawn that the main features of the birefringence are well explained by an incommensurately modulated super-structure which is at present a matter of debate. The peculiarities of the optical properties of lithium tetraborate are compared with those of incommensurate crystals known from the literature.

  18. Optical logic gates employing liquid crystal optical switches.

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    Khan, A H; Nejib, U R

    1987-01-15

    This paper describes very simple optical logic gates consisting of liquid crystal optical switches. This technique was used to implement all possible 2-operand Boolean functions. The importance of these systems in making optical computers is discussed in terms of a binary half-adder and a flip-flop. A new algebra governing the function of these systems is also proposed. PMID:20454123

  19. Optical Diagnostics of Solution Crystal Growth

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    Kim, Yongkee; Reddy, B. R.; George, T. G.; Lal, R. B.

    1996-01-01

    Non-contact optical techniques such as, optical heterodyne, ellipsometry and interferometry, for real time in-situ monitoring of solution crystal growth are demonstrated. Optical heterodyne technique has the capability of measuring the growth rate as small as 1A/sec. In a typical Michelson interferometer set up, the crystal is illuminated by a Zeeman laser with frequency omega(sub 1) and the reference beam with frequency omega(sub 2). As the crystal grows, the phase of the rf signal changes with respect to the reference beam and this phase change is related to the crystal growth rate. This technique is demonstrated with two examples: (1) by measuring the copper tip expansion/shrinkage rate and (2) by measuring the crystal growth rate of L-Arginine Phosphate (LAP). The first test shows that the expansion/shrinkage rate of copper tip was fast in the beginning, and gets slower as the expansion begins to stabilize with time. In crystal growth, the phase change due the crystal growth is measured using a phase meter and a strip chart recorder. Our experimental results indicate a varied growth rate from 69.4 to 92.6A per sec. The ellipsometer is used to study the crystal growth interface. From these measurements and a theoretical modeling of the interface, the various optical parameters can be deduced. Interferometry can also be used to measure the growth rate and concentration gradient in the vicinity of the crystal.

  20. Magneto-optic garnet and liquid crystal optical switches

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    Krawczak, J. A.; Torok, E. J.; Harvey, W. A.; Hewitt, F. G.; Nelson, G. L.

    1984-01-01

    Magnetic stripe domain and liquid crystal devices are being developed and evaluated as fiber optic switches that can be utilized for nonblocking type nxm optical matrix switches in networking and optical processing. Liquid crystal switches are characterized by very low insertion loss and crosstalk, while stripe domain switches commutate in less than one microsecond. Both switches operate on multimode, randomly polarized fiber light with potentially large values for (n,m). The applications of these magnetic stripe domain and liquid crystal devices are discussed.

  1. Bifurcating optical pattern recognition in photorefractive crystals

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    Liu, Hua-Kuang

    1993-01-01

    A concept of bifurcating optical pattern rocognizer (BIOPAR) is described and demonstrated experimentally, using barium titanate crystal. When an input is applied to BIOPAR, the output may be directed to two ports.

  2. Methodology of growing gigantic sapphire for GSLW project

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    Abgaryan, Artoush A.; Hartounian, Gomidas

    2005-09-01

    In our present world the Crystal Growth Technology does not have the necessary and sufficient conditions to manufacture large sizes; especially in the Sapphire Crystal world. We have a theoretical and methodological development for growing gigantic Sapphire Crystal Lenses. Our gigantic Sapphire Crystal Lenses have a unique optical characteristic which will be used in the Global System of Laser Weapons (GSLW); hence solving one of the crucial problems in the Relay Mirror System; where it captures the Laser beam from the earth surface, cleaning the beam in the Satellite and redirecting the laser energy to the precise desired target. Developed and solution for the temperature and heat-elasticity fields in growth systems are considered theoretical, in order to assess their effects on the optical symmetry of the growing crystal. The process is modeled using three-dimensional curvilinear coordinates to describe a closed, low-strain heat-elasticity system, with allowance made for the temperature variations of the thermal properties of the multilayer growth system, and nonlinear and unsteady-state process with arbitrary boundary conditions. The results presented as plots of the strain, stress, displacement, and temperature fields; demonstrate the potential of the method for designing new growth units and improving the existing ones and suggesting that crystals, in general, without frustration of optical symmetry can, in principle, be grown. In order to solve generalized problem for large optics. It is required to have super and correct mathematical computing calculations, and using basic fundamental laws of nature regarding optical symmetry in the crystal, and discovering the radical "new wave method" for crystal growth technology.

  3. Development of Sensors Using Evanescent Wave Interactions in Sapphire Optical Fibers

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    Michael W. Renfro; Eric H. Jordan

    2006-12-31

    The development of tunable diode laser absorption sensors for measurements in industrial boilers, both through direct absorption and evanescent wave absorption have been performed in the work presented here. These sensors use both direct and indirect absorption through the use of evanescent interactions within a coal firing combustion environment. For the direct absorption sensor, wavelength modulation absorption spectroscopy with second-harmonic detection was implemented within a physical probe designed to be placed with the flue stack of a power plant. Measurements were taken of carbon dioxide and water vapor concentration during operation at a local industrial facility. The design of this sensor probe overcomes problems of beam steering and permits a reference gas measurement. Extracted concentration data and design elements from the direct absorption measurements are presented. In addition, development of a sapphire fiber-based sensor using evanescent wave absorption along the outside of the fiber is presented. Evanescent absorption allows for the laser transmission to be maintained in the fiber at all times and may alleviate problems of background emission, beam steering, and especially scattering of the laser beam from solid particles experienced through free path direct absorption measurements in particulated flows. Laboratory measurements using evanescent fiber detection are presented.

  4. Carrier diffusion length measured by optical method in GaN epilayers grown by MOCVD on sapphire substrates

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    Yablonskii, G. P.; Gurskii, A. L.; Pavlovskii, V. N.; Lutsenko, E. V.; Zubialevich, V. Z.; Shulga, T. S.; Stognij, A. I.; Kalisch, H.; Szymakowski, A.; Jansen, R. H.; Alam, A.; Schineller, B.; Heuken, M.

    2005-02-01

    The carrier ambipolar diffusion length L of optically excited carriers in GaN epitaxial layers grown on sapphire substrate was estimated by an optical method using fitting of the experimental photoluminescence spectra recorded from the front and back sides of the samples by the theoretical equation describing light reflection, light absorption and carrier profile in the medium. The estimations were carried out in the range of excitation intensities from 5 W/cm 2 CW up to 1 MW/cm 2 (pulsed), using excitation at the wavelengths of 325, and 337.1 nm in order to vary the excited layer depth. It has been found that in the samples under study the value of L is about 120-130 nm and does not depend significantly on the excitation intensity up to 200 kW/cm 2. Further increase of excitation level leads to higher values of L about 150-170 nm, probably because of the electron-hole plasma expansion.

  5. Multidimensional optics and dynamics of liquid crystals

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    Tang, Shouping

    2007-12-01

    In this dissertation, we present an alternative description of multidimensional optics in liquid crystals and uniaxial media, and a systematical investigation on the dynamic properties of twist nematic devices and ECB devices including flow. We also present our investigation on the backflow and dynamic properties of nematic liquid crystals in modulated electric fields. Based on the understanding to backflow and dynamics of liquid crystals, the dynamics of colloidal particles dispersed in nematic liquid crystals and the flow-induced dynamic optical crosstalk between pixels in nematic liquid crystal devices are also studied. The alternative description of multidimensional optics combines the geometrical optics approximation (GOA) with the beam propagation method (BPM). The general treatment of this approach is developed both theoretically and numerically. The investigation on the dynamic properties of twist nematic devices and ECB devices with consideration of backflow is done experimentally, theoretically and numerically. The calculation results are compared with the experimental results, and the optical responses due to backflow are discussed in detail. The investigation on the backflow and dynamic properties of a nematic liquid crystal in modulated electric fields includes director, flow and the shift of liquid crystal fluid. Especially, an important phenomenon, reverseswitching, is shown in this investigation. The dynamics of colloidal particles dispersed in a nematic cela is studied experimentally and by computer simulation. The polarity of director distortions determines the direction of lift force, and the backflow is responsible for the horizontal translational motion. The optical crosstalk between pixels demonstrates the significance of switching-induce flow in pixilated devices. The electrical switching of a pixel in a twisted nematic device can induce an optical response in neighboring pixels. These phenomena are studied in detail, both experimentally and

  6. Optical diagnostics of solution crystal growth

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    Kim, Yongkee; Reddy, B. R.; George, Tharayil G.; Lal, Ravindra B.

    1995-01-01

    Solution crystal growth monitoring of LAP/TGS crystals by various optical diagnostics systems, such as conventional and Mach-Zehnder (M-Z) interferometers, optical heterodyne technique, and ellipsometry, is under development. The study of the dynamics of the crystal growth process requires a detailed knowledge of crystal growth rate and the concentration gradient near growing crystals in aqueous solution. Crystal growth rate can be measured using conventional interferometry. Laser beam reflections from the crystal front as well as the back surface interfere with each other, and the fringe shift due to the growing crystal yields information about the growth rate. Our preliminary results indicate a growth rate of 6 A/sec for LAP crystals grown from solution. Single wavelength M-Z interferometry is in use to calculate the concentration gradient near the crystal. Preliminary investigation is in progress using an M-Z interferometer with 2 cm beam diameter to cover the front region of the growing crystal. In the optical heterodyne technique, phase difference between two rf signals (250 KHZ) is measured of which one is a reference signal, and the other growth signal, whose phase changes due to a change in path length as the material grows. From the phase difference the growth rate can also be calculated. Our preliminary results indicate a growth rate of 1.5 A/sec. the seed and solution temperatures were 26.46 C and 27.92 C respectively, and the solution was saturated at 29.0 C. an ellipsometer to measure the growth rate and interface layer is on order from JOBIN YVON, France. All these systems are arranged in such a manner that measurements can be made either sequentially or simultaneously. These techniques will be adapted for flight experiment.

  7. Ion Milling of Sapphire

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    Gregory, Don A.; Herren, Kenneth A.

    2004-01-01

    The ion milling of sapphire is a complicated operation due to several characteristics of the material itself. It is a relatively hard transparent nonconductive crystalline material that does not transfer heat nearly as well as metals that have been successfully ion milled in the past. This investigation involved designing an experimental arrangement, using existing ion milling equipment, as the precursor to figuring the surface of sapphire and other insulating optical materials. The experimental arrangement employs a laser probe beam to constantly monitor the stresses being induced in the material, as it is being ion milled. The goal is to determine if the technique proposed would indeed indicate the stress being induced in the material so that these stresses can be managed to prevent failure of the optic.

  8. Morphology and structural perfection of shaped sapphire

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    Dobrovinskaya, E. R.; Litvinov, L. A.; Pishchik, V. V.

    1980-09-01

    This paper is concerned with an investigation of the characteristic features in the structural perfection of sapphire crystals grown by the Stepanov method. It was shown that the formation of the mosaic grains was considerably dependent on the growth rate. When growing tubular shaped crystals the defect density is relatively insensitive to the growth rate. The structural perfection of shaped sapphire depends on the ratio of the emitting outer surface area to the volume of the crystal. Growth of sapphire shapes occurs by addition of separate atoms and also by the joining of the complexes first formed in the melt before the crystallization front. Upon incoherent crystal twinning, formation of dislocations and boundaries with small angle misorientations takes place. The observed features in the morphology and the structural perfection of shaped sapphire obtained by the Stepanov technique are caused by the considerable differences in crystallization conditions characteristic of this method. These differences result in a change in the growth mechanism.

  9. Experimental demonstration of broadband femtosecond optical parametric amplification based on YCOB crystal at near critical wavelength degeneracy

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    Guo, Xiaoyang; Leng, Yuxin; Li, Yanyan; Li, Wenkai; Lu, Xiaoming; Xu, Yi; Li, Ruxin

    2016-07-01

    Broadband optical parametric amplification (OPA) in the near-infrared region (1.3-1.8 μm) is demonstrated in YCOB crystal pumped by 1 kHz Ti:sapphire based femtosecond laser at near critical wavelength degeneracy phase matching condition at first time. The gain bandwidth is closed to BIBO or BBO crystal OPA gain bandwidth. The energy obtained with 3.5 mm-thick YCOB reached 20 μJ with RMS 1.9%. After second harmonic generation, 17.6 fs pulse is obtained, and the pulse compressibility is demonstrated.

  10. Optical analysis of crystal growth

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    Workman, Gary L.; Passeur, Andrea; Harper, Sabrina

    1994-01-01

    Processing and data reduction of holographic images from Spacelab presents some interesting challenges in determining the effects of microgravity on crystal growth processes. Evaluation of several processing techniques, including the Computerized Holographic Image Processing System and the image processing software ITEX150, will provide fundamental information for holographic analysis of the space flight data.

  11. Liquid-crystal fiber-optic switch.

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    Soref, R A

    1979-05-01

    An adjustable access coupler for multimode fiber-optic networks has been constructed, based on the voltage-tunable total-internal-reflection effect in nematic liquid crystals. Fibers are coupled via graded-index rod lenses at normal incidence to flint-glass prisms in contact with a 6-microm liquid-crystal layer. The achromatic four-port switch has a 1.6-dB optical insertion loss, a tap ratio controllable from -4.6 to -48 dB, a directionality of 44 dB, and an operating voltage of 5 to 20 V rms. PMID:19687832

  12. Silicon-on-sapphire fiber optic transceiver technology for space applications

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    Kuznia, C. P.; Ahadian, J. F.; Pommer, R. J.; Hagan, R.

    2007-09-01

    We present Single Event Upset (SEU) testing of a parallel fiber optic transceiver designed for communicating data using commercial Fibre Channel and GbE protocols at data rates up to 2.5 Gbps per channel (on eight parallel channels). This transceiver was developed for aircraft applications, such as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), Raptor and F/A-18 aircraft, that deploy fiber optic networks using multi-mode fiber operating at 850 nm wavelength. However, this transceiver may also have applications in space environments. This paper describes the underlying transceiver component technology, which utilizes complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) silicon-onsapphire circuitry and GaAs VCSEL and PIN devices. We also present results of SEU testing of this transceiver using heavy ions at Brookhaven National Labs.

  13. Optical monitoring of protein crystal growth

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    Choudry, A.

    1988-01-01

    The possibility of using various optical techniques for detecting the onset of nucleation in protein crystal growth was investigated. Direct microscopy, general metrologic techniques, light scattering, ultraviolet absorption, and interferometry are addressed along with techniques for determining pH value. The necessity for collecting basic data on the optical properties of the growth solution as a prerequisite to the evaluation of monitoring techniques is pointed out.

  14. Optical modeling of liquid crystal biosensors

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    Hwang, Dae Kun; Rey, Alejandro D.

    2006-11-01

    Optical simulations of a liquid crystal biosensor device are performed using an integrated optical/textural model based on the equations of nematodynamics and two optical methods: the Berreman optical matrix method [J. Opt. Soc. Am. 62, 502 (1972)] and the discretization of the Maxwell equations based on the finite difference time domain (FDTD) method. Testing the two optical methods with liquid crystal films of different degrees of orientational heterogeneities demonstrates that only the FDTD method is suitable to model this device. Basic substrate-induced texturing process due to protein adsorption gives rise to an orientation correlation function that is nearly linear with the transmitted light intensity, providing a basis to calibrate the device. The sensitivity of transmitted light to film thickness, protein surface coverage, and wavelength is established. A crossover incident light wavelength close to λco≈500nm is found, such that when λ >λco thinner films are more sensitive to the amount of protein surface coverage, while for λ <λco the reverse holds. In addition it is found that for all wavelengths the sensitivity increases with the amount of protein coverage. The integrated device model based on FDTD optical simulations in conjunction with the Landau-de Gennes nematodynamics model provides a rational basis for further progress in liquid crystal biosensor devices.

  15. Anisotropic optical properties of semipolar AlGaN layers grown on m-plane sapphire

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    Feneberg, Martin; Winkler, Michael; Klamser, Juliane; Stellmach, Joachim; Frentrup, Martin; Ploch, Simon; Mehnke, Frank; Wernicke, Tim; Kneissl, Michael; Goldhahn, Rüdiger

    2015-05-01

    The valence band order of AlxGa 1 -x N is investigated experimentally by analyzing the anisotropic dielectric functions of semipolar (11 2 ¯ 2 ) AlGaN thin films grown on m-plane Al2O3. Point-by-point fitted dielectric functions are obtained by spectroscopic ellipsometry and corresponding inter-band transition energies are extracted. The known strain situation of the sample layers is used to correct for the small strain-induced energy shifts within k . p perturbation theory. It also is used to identify transitions related to the three valence bands. Transitions with E ⊥ c from the Γ9 valence band verify an inter-band bowing parameter of b =0.9 eV . The transitions with E || c allow determining the crystal field splitting energy which can be described by a linear interpolation between the values for GaN and AlN satisfactorily.

  16. Optically Pumped Vecsels for High Resolution Spectroscopy:. the New TI:SAPPHIRE?

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    Abram, Richard H.; Schmid, Marc; Riis, Erling; Ferguson, Allister I.

    2004-12-01

    We report the CW performance of two broadly tuneable, optically pumped VECSEL gain structures operating around 850 nm and 960 nm. We have achieved 0.75W at 852 nm in diffraction limited TEM00 mede. A tuning range in excess of 30 nm has been demonstrated with the use of an intra-cavity birefringent filter. At 960 nm we have achieved a power of 1.75 W and a tuning range in excess of 35 nm. Stabilised single frequency operation with a line width stabilised to 85 kHz r.m.s. at the 0.5 W output power level is reported.

  17. Optical crystal temperature gauge with fiber optic connections

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    Sharma, M.M.

    1982-07-01

    An optical temperature gauge uses a semiconductor crystal with a band-edge shift property which is temperature dependent. An external narrow band light source provides optical excitation through a optical fiber and light energy thus passed through the crystal is conveyed by a second optical fiber to a light-to-electric transducers at an external location. The crystal can be located in cryogenic or other systems, to provide remote read-out. The light wavelength is varied (scanned) in a repetitive pattern in source with the instantaneous wavelength passing over the band-edge wavelength during each cycle of the scan. The timing of the crossover is related to the temperature of the crystal by electronic means. Several alternative elements of instrumentation are disclosed. A variation in the basic measurement apparatus is also disclosed, in which the band gap voltage of a light source such as a laser diode is evaluated at the time of band-edge crossover in the crystal and converted to a temperature value. Official Gazette of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

  18. Sapphire statistical characterization and risk reduction program

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    McClure, Donald R.; Cayse, Robert; Black, David R.; Goodrich, Steven M.; Lagerloef, K. Peter D.; Harris, Daniel C.; McCullum, Dale; Platus, Daniel H.; Patty, Charles E., Jr.; Polvani, Robert S.

    2001-09-01

    The Sapphire Statistical Characterization and Risk Reduction Program tested 1400 4-point flexure bars with different crystal orientations at different temperatures to establish a mechanical strength database for engineering design. Sapphire coupons were selected to represent surfaces on two different missile windows and a missile dome. Sapphire was obtained from the same suppliers used for the windows or dome and, as much as possible, coupons were fabricated in the same manner as the corresponding part of the window or dome. For one missile window, sapphire from one fabricator was 50% stronger than sapphire made to the same specifications from the same blanks by another fabricator. In laser thermal shock tests, sapphire performed better than predicted from flexure tests. Of several nondestructive methods evaluated for their ability to identify mechanically weak specimens, only x-ray topography was correlated with strength for a limited set of specimens.

  19. Crystal-field effects in fluoride crystals for optical refrigeration

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    Hehlen, Markus P

    2010-01-01

    The field of optical refrigeration of rare-earth-doped solids has recently seen an important breakthrough. The cooling of a YLiF{sub 4} (YLF) crystal doped with 5 mol% Yb3+ to 155 K by Seletskiy et al [NPhot] has surpassed the lowest temperatures ({approx}170 K for {approx}100 mW cooling capacity) that are practical with commercial multi-stage thermoelectric coolers (TEC) [Glaister]. This record performance has advanced laser cooling into an application relevant regime and has put first practical optical cryocoolers within reach. The result is also relevant from a material perspective since for the first time, an Yb3+-doped crystal has outperformed an Yb3+-doped glass. The record temperature of 208 K was held by the Yb3+-doped fluorozirconate glass ZBLAN. Advanced purification and glass fabrication methods currently under development are expected to also advance ZBLAN:Yb3+ to sub-TEC temperatures. However, recent achievements with YLF:Yb3+ illustrate that crystalline materials may have two potentially game-changing advantajes over glassy materials. First, the crystalline environment reduces the inhomogeneous broadening of the Yb3+ electronic transitions as compared to a glassy matrix. The respective sharpening of the crystal-field transitions increases the peak absorption cross section at the laser excitation wavelength and allows for more efficient pumping of the Yb3+ ions, particularly at low temperatures. Second, many detrimental impurities present in the starting materials tend to be excluded from the crystal during its slow growth process, in contrast to a glass where all impurities present in the starting materials are included in the glass when it is formed by temperature quenching a melt. The ultra high purity required for laser cooling materials [PRB] therefore may be easier to realize in crystals than in glasses. Laser cooling occurs by laser excitation of a rare-earth ion followed by anti-Stokes luminescence. Each such laser-cooling cycle extracts

  20. Eutectic bonding of sapphire to sapphire

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    Deluca, J. J.

    1973-01-01

    Eutectic mixture of aluminum oxide and zirconium oxide provides new bonding technique for sapphires and rubies. Technique effectively reduces possibility of contamination. Bonding material is aluminum oxide and zirconium oxide mixture that matches coefficient of thermal expansion of sapphire.

  1. Structural and optical properties of AgAlTe{sub 2} layers grown on sapphire substrates by closed space sublimation method

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    Uruno, A. Usui, A.; Kobayashi, M.

    2014-11-14

    AgAlTe{sub 2} layers were grown on a- and c-plane sapphire substrates using a closed space sublimation method. Grown layers were confirmed to be single phase layers of AgAlTe{sub 2} by X-ray diffraction. AgAlTe{sub 2} layers were grown to have a strong preference for the (112) orientation on both kinds of substrates. The variation in the orientation of grown layers was analyzed in detail using the X-ray diffraction pole figure measurement, which revealed that the AgAlTe{sub 2} had a preferential epitaxial relationship with the c-plane sapphire substrate. The atomic arrangement between the (112) AgAlTe{sub 2} layer and sapphire substrates was compared. It was considered that the high order of the lattice arrangement symmetry probably effectively accommodated the lattice mismatch. The optical properties of the grown layer were also evaluated by transmittance measurements. The bandgap energy was found to be around 2.3 eV, which was in agreement with the theoretical bandgap energy of AgAlTe{sub 2}.

  2. Nonlinear waveguide optics and photonic crystal fibers.

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    Knight, J C; Skryabin, D V

    2007-11-12

    Focus Serial: Frontiers of Nonlinear Optics

    Optical fibers and waveguides provide unique and distinct environments for nonlinear optics, because of the combination of high intensities, long interaction lengths, and control of the propagation constants. They are also becoming of technological importance. The topic has a long history but continues to generate rapid development, most recently through the invention of the new forms of optical fiber collectively known as photonic crystal fibers. Some of the discoveries and ideas from the new fibers look set to have lasting influence in the broader field of guided-wave nonlinear optics. In this paper we introduce some of these ideas. PMID:19550822

  3. Optical solitons in liquid crystals

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    Yung, Y.S.; Lam, L.; Los Alamos National Lab., NM )

    1989-01-01

    In this paper, we will discuss theoretically the possible existence of optical solitons in the isotropic liquid and in the nematic phase. For the same compound, when heated, the nematic phase will go through a first order transition at temperature T{sub c} to the isotropic liquid phase. As temperature increases from below T{sub c}, the orientation order parameter, Q, decreases, drops to zero abruptly at T{sub c} and remains zero for T > T{sub c}. 10 refs., 1 fig.

  4. The determination of the direction of the optic axis of uniaxial crystalline materials

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    Lock, J. A.; Schock, H. J.; Regan, C. A.

    1986-01-01

    The birefringence of crystalline substances in general, and of sapphire in particular, is described. A test is described whose purpose is to determine the direction of the optic axis of a cylindrically machined single crystal of sapphire. This test was performed on the NASA Lewis sapphire cylinder and it was found that the optic axis made an angle of 18 deg with the axis of symmetry of the cylinder.

  5. Optical mirage in graded photonic crystals

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    Centeno, Emmanuel; Cassagne, David; Albert, Jean Paul

    2006-04-01

    We present the concept of graded photonic crystals (GPC) and show its ability to enhance the control of light propagation. It is shown that gradual modifications of photonic crystal parameters are able to curve the path of light. This light bending which depends on the wavelength and on the incident angle is examined through parametric studies of the iso-frequency curves. We demonstrate that photonic mirages originate from the same physical principles as the usual atmospheric mirages. Two optical components based on two-dimensional GPCs presenting a super bending effect and a large beam shifting are presented.

  6. Optical amplification enhancement in photonic crystals

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    Sapienza, R.; Leonetti, M.; Froufe-Perez, L. S.; Galisteo-Lopez, J. F.; Lopez, C.; Conti, C.

    2011-02-15

    Improving and controlling the efficiency of a gain medium is one of the most challenging problems of laser research. By measuring the gain length in an opal-based photonic crystal doped with laser dye, we demonstrate that optical amplification is more than twenty-fold enhanced along the {Gamma}-K symmetry directions of the face-centered-cubic photonic crystal. These results are theoretically explained by directional variations of the density of states, providing a quantitative connection between density of the states and light amplification.

  7. Spectroscopic Analysis Of Insulating Crystal Fibers

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    Buoncristiani, A. M.; Inge, Addison T.; Byvik, C. E.

    1990-01-01

    New method provides rapid characterization of optical properties. Technique for determining optical properties of insulating single-crystal fibers developed and applied to sapphire, spinel, and YAIO crystalline host fibers doped with triply ionized titanium. Crystal fibers grown more rapidly and less expensively.

  8. Optical Restoration of Lead Fluoride Crystals

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    Spilker, A.; Cole, P. L.; Forest, T. A.; Mestari, M.; Naeem, S.; LeBaron, N.; Bertin, P.; Camacho, C. Munoz; Roche, J.

    2009-03-10

    Due to its relatively high resistance to high radiation, lead fluoride (PbF{sub 2}) crystals are becoming an increasingly popular material of choice for electromagnetic calorimetry, such as for experiments requiring the measurement of high-energy photons in Hall A of Jefferson Lab. For our studies we irradiated the PbF{sub 2} crystals using an electron linear accelerator (LINAC) followed by exposing the crystals to blue light so as to restore the nominal optical properties. This technique of optical bleaching with blue light affords an efficient and low-cost means for reversing the deleterious effects of optical transmission loss in radiation-damaged lead fluoride crystals. Whereas earlier experiments irradiated the PbF{sub 2} samples with 1.1 and 1.3 MeV gammas from {sup 60}Co, we used pulsed beams of energetic electrons from the tunable 25-MeV LINAC at Idaho Accelerator Center of Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. A 20-MeV beam of electrons was targeted onto four separate 19 cm length samples of lead fluoride over periods of 1, 2, and 4 hours yielding doses between 7 kGy and 35 kGy. Samples were then bleached with blue light of wavelength 410-450 nm for periods between 19.5 and 24 hours. We performed this process twice - radiation, bleaching, radiation, and then followed by bleaching again - for each of these four PbF{sub 2} samples. We shall discuss the efficacy of blue light curing on samples that have undergone two cycles of electron irradiation and optical bleaching.

  9. Solitonic optical waveguides in PR crystals

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    Klotz, Matthew Jason

    This dissertation describes a new technique for creating permanent, two-dimensional optical circuitry in bulk ferroelectric photorefractive crystals. This method utilizes steady state photorefractive screening spatial solitons to produce a localized space charge field capable of modulating the spontaneous polarization of the ferroelectric crystal. This localized change in the spontaneous polarization results in a permanent index change within the material that is capable of guiding optical waves. Individual waveguides were formed in the crystal by fixing single screening solitons. The waveguides were found to be identical in size to the soliton responsible for their formation and were observed to efficiently guide light for periods of continuous illumination in excess of 12 hours without degradation. In addition, arrays of waveguides were formed using binary optics to form several solitons in the material at the same time. It was determined that waveguides formed by extraordinarily polarized solitons were single mode and that those formed by ordinarily polarized solitons were multimode, due to the difference in the magnitude of the nonlinear optical properties of the crystal for the different polarization states. Thus the size and mode guiding properties of the fixed waveguides can be controlled by changing the input solitons properties. In addition to single waveguides formed by a single screening soliton, coherent collisions of two screening solitons were used to form a permanent y-junction in the crystal. The screening soliton collision results in two initially independent solitons fusing into a single soliton. After fixing, the resulting waveguide structure allows signals from two distinct inputs to be combined into a single output. It was demonstrated that this fixed structure was bidirectional, i.e. that light sent into the output would exit the original input branches with an even division of power. Again, the size and mode guiding properties were found to

  10. Thermal characteristics of sapphire contact probe delivery systems for laser angioplasty.

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    Ashley, S; Brooks, S G; Gehani, A A; Kester, R C; Rees, M R

    1990-01-01

    Contact probes made from synthetic sapphire crystal, designed for general laser surgery, are currently being evaluated for use in laser angioplasty. Their mode of action and safety in the context of arterial recanalisation is unknown, particularly with respect to the degree of probe and catheter heating. Infrared thermal imaging was used to investigate the surface temperature rise of various rounded sapphire probes during emission of continuous wave Nd-YAG (1,064 nm) laser energy. Catheter safety was addressed by analyzing the temperature of the metal interface between the optical fiber and sapphire, as well as the catheter proximal to this junction. Transmission of Nd-YAG energy through each probe was also measured. Five rounded probes of 1.8-3.0 mm diameter (three supplied by Surgical Laser Technologies [SLT], two by Living Technology [LT]), along with their respective optical catheters, were compared. There was a large temperature gradient between the front and rim of the probes. The maximum surface temperature rise of the sapphire (at 20 W, 5-second exposure) was 314-339 degrees C (SLT) and 90-108 degrees C (LT) [P less than 0.001, 3-way ANOVA]. The reason for this difference may be related to "crazing" of the front surface of the SLT sapphires. At all energy levels sapphire temperatures were considerably lower than attained by metal laser thermal angioplasty probes. Forward transmission was slightly higher in the SLT probes (75-85%) than the LT sapphires (54-69%). With fiber perfusion at 2 ml/minute, a minor degree of heating of the metal sapphire holders was recorded (maximum rise 35 degrees C), but heating of the catheter proximal to this was negligible. Therefore, it would appear that the risk of tip detachment or arterial injury due to heating of the connecting metal interface is extremely low. Without perfusion, however, there was a greater degree of interface heating in the LT delivery system suggestive of more laser backscattering by these sapphires

  11. Liquid crystals for holographic optical data storage.

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    Matharu, Avtar S; Jeeva, Shehzad; Ramanujam, P S

    2007-12-01

    A tutorial review is presented to inform and inspire the reader to develop and integrate strong scientific links between liquid crystals and holographic data storage, from a materials scientist's viewpoint. The principle of holographic data storage as a means of providing a solution to the information storage demands of the 21st century is detailed. Holography is a small subset of the much larger field of optical data storage and similarly, the diversity of materials used for optical data storage is enormous. The theory of polarisation holography which produces holograms of constant intensity, is discussed. Polymeric liquid crystals play an important role in the development of materials for holographic storage and photoresponsive materials based on azobenzene are targeted for discussion due to their ease of photo-reversion between trans- and cis-states. Although the final polymer may not be liquid crystalline, irradiation can induce ordered domains. The mesogens act in a co-operative manner, enhancing refractive indices and birefringences. Surface relief gratings are discussed as a consequence of holographic storage. Cholesteric polymers comprising azobenzene are briefly highlighted. Irradiation causing cis-trans-isomerisation can be used to control helix pitch. A brief mention of liquid crystals is also made since these materials may be of future interest since they are optically transparent and amenable to photo-induced anisotropy. PMID:17982514

  12. Dispersion properties and low infrared optical losses in epitaxial AlN on sapphire substrate in the visible and infrared range

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    Soltani, A. Stolz, A.; Gerbedoen, J.-C.; Rousseau, M.; Bourzgui, N.; De Jaeger, J.-C.; Charrier, J.; Mattalah, M.; Barkad, H. A.; Mortet, V.

    2014-04-28

    Optical waveguiding properties of a thick wurtzite aluminum nitride highly [002]-textured hetero-epitaxial film on (001) basal plane of sapphire substrate are studied. The physical properties of the film are determined by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, microRaman, and photocurrent spectroscopy. The refractive index and the thermo-optic coefficients are determined by m-lines spectroscopy using the classical prism coupling technique. The optical losses of this planar waveguide are also measured in the spectral range of 450–1553 nm. The lower value of optical losses is equal to 0.7 dB/cm at 1553 nm. The optical losses due to the surface scattering are simulated showing that the contribution is the most significant at near infrared wavelength range, whereas the optical losses are due to volume scattering and material absorption in the visible range. The good physical properties and the low optical losses obtained from this planar waveguide are encouraging to achieve a wide bandgap optical guiding platform from these aluminum nitride thin films.

  13. Optics in Microstructured and Photonic Crystal Fibers

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    Knight, J. C.

    2008-10-01

    The development of optical fibers with two-dimensional patterns of air holes running down their length has reinvigorated research in the field of fiber optics. It has greatly—and fundamentally—broadened the range of specialty optical fibers, by demonstrating that optical fibers can be more "special" than previously thought. Fibers with air cores have made it possible to deliver energetic femtosecond-scale optical pulses, transform limited, as solitons, using single-mode fiber. Other fibers with anomalous dispersion at visible wavelengths have spawned a new generation of single-mode optical supercontinuum sources, spanning visible and near-infrared wavelengths and based on compact pump sources. A third example is in the field of fiber lasers, where the use of photonic crystal fiber concepts has led to a new hybrid laser technology, in which the very high numerical aperture available sing air holes have enabled fibers so short they are more naturally held straight than bent. This paper describes some of the basic physics and technology behind these developments, illustrated with some of the impressive demonstrations of the past 18 months.

  14. Characterization of single crystal films of molybdenum (011) grown by molecular beam epitaxy on sapphire (112¯0) and studied by low-energy electron microscopy

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    Świȩch, W.; Mundschau, M.; Flynn, C. P.

    1999-08-01

    Films of molybdenum grown on the (112¯0) plane of sapphire (Al 2O 3) are characterized using low-energy microscopy and low-energy electron diffraction. Stress fields observed on the Mo surface originate at dislocations and at miscut steps of the buried molybdenum-alumina vicinal interface. As-grown films contain small-angle grain boundaries. These are largely eliminated upon heating to 1700 K as edge dislocations that form the boundaries become extremely mobile. Edge dislocations attract and annihilate one another, and the small-angle grain boundaries disappear. Mobility of edge dislocations is correlated with rapid diffusion of carbon, which apparently pins dislocations up to temperatures that allow diffusion of carbon from dislocations into the bulk. The main contaminants of the Mo surface are carbon, oxygen and carbon monoxide. The most stable impurities are carbides that persist to 1700 K. Oxygen promotes bunching of monatomic steps into groups of two, three and four. Electron beams dissociate CO with energy less than 1 eV and deposit residues of carbon. Fairly ideal single crystal films of Mo produced by annealing exhibit monatomic surface step and terrace structure, and a minimum of dislocations. The quality of surfaces on these films exceeds that of typical single crystal bulk samples and is well suited for fundamental studies in surface science.

  15. Ultraviolet laser crystallized ZnO:Al films on sapphire with high Hall mobility for simultaneous enhancement of conductivity and transparency

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    Nian, Qiong; Zhang, Martin Y.; Schwartz, Bradley D.; Cheng, Gary J.

    2014-05-19

    One of the most challenging issues in transparent conductive oxides (TCOs) is to improve their conductivity without compromising transparency. High conductivity in TCO films often comes from a high carrier concentration, which is detrimental to transparency due to free carrier absorption. Here we show that UV laser crystallization (UVLC) of aluminum-doped ZnO (AZO) films prepared by pulsed laser deposition on sapphire results in much higher Hall mobility, allowing relaxation of the constraints of the conductivity/transparency trade-off. X-ray diffraction patterns and morphological characterizations show grain growth and crystallinity enhancement during UVLC, resulting in less film internal imperfections. Optoelectronic measurements show that UVLC dramatically improves the electron mobility, while the carrier concentration decreases which in turn simultaneously increases conductivity and transparency. AZO films under optimized UVLC achieve the highest electron mobility of 79 cm{sup 2}/V s at a low carrier concentration of 7.9 × 10{sup +19} cm{sup −3}. This is realized by a laser crystallization induced decrease of both grain boundary density and electron trap density at grain boundaries. The infrared (IR) to mid-IR range transmittance spectrum shows UVLC significantly enhances the AZO film transparency without compromising conductivity.

  16. Modal liquid crystal array of optical elements.

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    Algorri, J F; Love, G D; Urruchi, V

    2013-10-21

    In this study, a novel liquid crystal array based on modal control principle is proposed and demonstrated. The advanced device comprises a six striped electrode structure that forms a configurable 2D matrix of optical elements. A simulation program based on the Frank-Oseen equations and modal control theory has been developed to predict the device electrooptic response, that is, voltage distribution, interference pattern and unwrapped phase. A low-power electronics circuit, that generates complex waveforms, has been built for driving the device. A combined variation of the waveform amplitude and phase has provided a high tuning versatility to the device. Thus, the simulations have demonstrated the generation of a liquid crystal prism array with tunable slope. The proposed device has also been configured as an axicon array. Test measurements have allowed us to demonstrate that electrooptic responses, simulated and empirical, are fairly in agreement. PMID:24150324

  17. Wide Angle Liquid Crystal Optical Phased Array

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    Wang, Xing-Hua; Wang, Bin; Bos, Philip J.; Anderson, James E.; Pouch, John J.; Miranda, Felix A.; McManamon, Paul F.

    2004-01-01

    Accurate modeling of a high resolution, liquid crystal (LC) based, optical phased array (OPA) is shown. The simulation shows excellent agreement with a test 2-D LC OPA. The modeling method is extendable to cases where the array element size is close to the wavelength of light. The fringing fields of such a device are first studied, and subsequently reduced. This results in a device that demonstrates plus or minus 7.4 degrees of continuous beam steering at a wavelength of 1550 nm, and a diffraction efficiency (DE) higher than 72%.

  18. Optical trapping apparatus, methods and applications using photonic crystal resonators

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    Erickson, David; Chen, Yih-Fan

    2015-06-16

    A plurality of photonic crystal resonator optical trapping apparatuses and a plurality optical trapping methods using the plurality of photonic crystal resonator optical trapping apparatuses include located and formed over a substrate a photonic waveguide that is coupled (i.e., either separately coupled or integrally coupled) with a photonic crystal resonator. In a particular embodiment, the photonic waveguide and the photonic crystal resonator comprise a monocrystalline silicon (or other) photonic material absent any chemical functionalization. In another particular embodiment, the photonic waveguide and the photonic crystal resonator comprise a silicon nitride material which when actuating the photonic crystal resonator optical trapping apparatus with a 1064 nanometer resonant photonic radiation wavelength (or other resonant photonic radiation wavelength in a range from about 700 to about 1200 nanometers) provides no appreciable heating of an aqueous sample fluid that is analyzed by the photonic crystal resonator optical trapping apparatus.

  19. High-temperature strength of sapphire

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    Harris, Daniel C.

    2000-10-01

    The Sapphire Statistical Characterization and Risk Reduction Program tested approximately 1500 4-point flexure bars with different crystal orientations at different temperatures to establish a mechanical strength database for engineering design. Sapphire coupons were selected to represent surfaces on two different missile windows and a missile dome. Sapphire was obtained from the same suppliers used for the windows or dome and, as much as possible, coupons were fabricated in the same manner as the corresponding part of the window or dome. Perhaps the most interesting result was that sapphire from one fabricator was 50% stronger than sapphire made to the same specifications from the same blanks by another fabricator. In laser heating tests, sapphire performed better than predicted from flexure tests. When a compliant layer of graphite was used as a pad between the test specimens and the load fixture, sapphire in which the principal axis of tension and compression was parallel to the c-axis increased in apparent strength by a factor of 2 - 3. Strengths of other crystal orientations were not significantly affected by the graphite pads, but the incidence of twinning at 883 K was reduced by graphite.

  20. Residual stresses in sapphire rods grown by the Stepanov method

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    Krymov, V. M.; Nosov, Yu. G.; Bakholdin, S. I.; Galaktionov, E. V.; Maslov, V. N.; Tropp, E. A.

    2015-04-01

    The residual stresses in cylindrical [0001] sapphire crystals have been studied using the polarization-optical method. The angle between the optical axes 2 V and the difference in the normal components of the tensor of elastic residual stresses (σφ - σ r ) have been determined from the isogyre divergence. It has been found that a tangential tensile stress of no more than 20 MPa acts on the ingot surface. The residual stresses have been compared with the calculated thermoelastic stresses generated during the crystal growth in a given heating zone. It has been shown that the determined pattern of residual stresses can be caused by thermoelastic stresses developing in the immediate vicinity of the crystallization front.

  1. Optical nanofiber-based photonic crystal cavity.

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    Nayak, K P; Zhang, Pengfei; Hakuta, K

    2014-01-15

    We demonstrate the fabrication of photonic crystal (PhC) cavities on optical nanofibers using femtosecond laser ablation. PhC cavities with cavity lengths varying from 0.54 to 3.43 mm are fabricated by controlling the profile of the nanocrater array formed on the nanofiber. Such PhC cavities show high transmission of 87% for a finesse of 39. For higher finesse values from 150 to 500, the transmission can still be maintained at 20%-25%. Due to the strong confinement of the field and the efficient coupling to single-mode optical fibers, such nanofiber-based PhC cavities may become an interface between quantum and classical networks. PMID:24562114

  2. Metallic photonic crystals at optical wavelengths

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    El-Kady, I.; Sigalas, M. M.; Biswas, R.; Ho, K. M.; Soukoulis, C. M.

    2000-12-01

    We theoretically study three-dimensional metallic photonic-band-gap (PBG) materials at near-infrared and optical wavelengths. Our main objective is to find the importance of absorption in the metal and the suitability of observing photonic band gaps in this structure. For that reason, we study simple cubic structures and the metallic scatterers are either cubes or interconnected metallic rods. Several different metals have been studied (aluminum, gold, copper, and silver). Copper gives the smallest absorption and aluminum is more absorptive. The isolated metallic cubes are less lossy than the connected rod structures. The calculations suggest that isolated copper scatterers are very attractive candidates for the fabrication of photonic crystals at the optical wavelengths.

  3. Optical properties of InGaN grown by MOCVD on sapphire and on bulk GaN

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    Osinski, Marek; Eliseev, Petr G.; Lee, Jinhyun; Smagley, Vladimir A.; Sugahara, Tamoya; Sakai, Shiro

    1999-11-01

    Experimental data on photoluminescence of various bulk and quantum-well epitaxial InGaN/GaN structures grown by MOCVD are interpreted in terms of a band-tail model of inhomogeneously broadened radiative recombination. The anomalous temperature-induced blue spectral is shown to result from band-tail recombination under non-degenerate conditions. Significant differences are observed between epilayers grown on sapphire substrates and on GaN substrates prepared by the sublimination method, with no apparent evidence of band tails in homoepitaxial structures, indicating their higher crystalline quality.

  4. Rate of F center formation in sapphire under low-energy low-fluence Ar+ irradiation

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    Epie, E. N.; Wijesundera, D. N.; Tilakaratne, B. P.; Chen, Q. Y.; Chu, W. K.

    2016-03-01

    Ionoluminescence, optical absorption spectroscopy and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry channelling (RBS-C) have been used to study the rate of F center formation with fluence in 170 keV Ar+ irradiated single crystals of α-Al2O3 (sapphire) at room temperature. Implantation fluences range between 1013 cm-2 and 5 ×1014 cm-2. F center density (NF) has been found to display an initial rapid linear increase with Ar+ fluence followed by saturation to a maximum value of 1.74 ×1015 cm-2. Experimental results show a 1-1 correlation between radiation damage in the oxygen sublattice and F center density. This suggest F center kinetics in sapphire under low-energy low-fluence Ar irradiation is a direct consequence of dynamic competition between oxygen defect creation and recombination. An attempt has also been made to extend this discussion to F center kinetics in sapphire under swift heavy ion irradiation.

  5. Methods of making composite optical devices employing polymer liquid crystal

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    Jacobs, Stephen D.; Marshall, Kenneth L.; Cerqua, Kathleen A.

    1991-01-01

    Composite optical devices using polymer liquid crystal materials both as optical and adhesive elements. The devices are made by assembling a heated polymer liquid crystal compound, while in a low viscosity form between optically transparent substrates. The molecules of the polymer are oriented, while in the liquid crystalline state and while above the glass transition temperature (T.sub.g) of the polymer, to provide the desired optical effects, such as polarization, and selective reflection. The liquid crystal polymer cements the substrates together to form an assembly providing the composite optical device.

  6. Methods of making composite optical devices employing polymer liquid crystal

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    Jacobs, S.D.; Marshall, K.L.; Cerqua, K.A.

    1991-10-08

    Composite optical devices are disclosed using polymer liquid crystal materials both as optical and adhesive elements. The devices are made by assembling a heated polymer liquid crystal compound, while in a low viscosity form between optically transparent substrates. The molecules of the polymer are oriented, while in the liquid crystalline state and while above the glass transition temperature (T[sub g]) of the polymer, to provide the desired optical effects, such as polarization, and selective reflection. The liquid crystal polymer cements the substrates together to form an assembly providing the composite optical device. 7 figures.

  7. Optically rewritable 3D liquid crystal displays.

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    Sun, J; Srivastava, A K; Zhang, W; Wang, L; Chigrinov, V G; Kwok, H S

    2014-11-01

    Optically rewritable liquid crystal display (ORWLCD) is a concept based on the optically addressed bi-stable display that does not need any power to hold the image after being uploaded. Recently, the demand for the 3D image display has increased enormously. Several attempts have been made to achieve 3D image on the ORWLCD, but all of them involve high complexity for image processing on both hardware and software levels. In this Letter, we disclose a concept for the 3D-ORWLCD by dividing the given image in three parts with different optic axis. A quarter-wave plate is placed on the top of the ORWLCD to modify the emerging light from different domains of the image in different manner. Thereafter, Polaroid glasses can be used to visualize the 3D image. The 3D image can be refreshed, on the 3D-ORWLCD, in one-step with proper ORWLCD printer and image processing, and therefore, with easy image refreshing and good image quality, such displays can be applied for many applications viz. 3D bi-stable display, security elements, etc. PMID:25361316

  8. Optical pulse generator using liquid crystal light valve

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    Collins, S. A., Jr.

    1984-01-01

    Numerical optical computing is discussed. A design for an optical pulse generator using a Hughes Liquid crystal light valve and intended for application as an optical clock in a numerical optical computer is considered. The pulse generator is similar in concept to the familiar electronic multivibrator, having a flip-flop and delay units.

  9. Measuring single-shot, picosecond optical damage threshold in Ge, Si, and sapphire with a 5.1-μm laser

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    Agustsson, R.; Pogorelsky, I.; Arab, E.; Murokh, A.; O"Shea, B.; Ovodenko, A.; Rosenzweig, J.; Solovyov, V.; Tilton, R.

    2015-11-18

    Optical photonic structures driven by picosecond, GW-class lasers are emerging as promising novel sources of electron beams and high quality X-rays. Due to quadratic dependence on wavelength of the laser ponderomotive potential, the performance of such sources scales very favorably towards longer drive laser wavelengths. However, to take full advantage of photonic structures at mid-IR spectral region, it is important to determine optical breakdown limits of common optical materials. To this end, an experimental study was carried out at a wavelength of 5 µm, using a frequency-doubled CO2 laser source, with 5 ps pulse length. Single-shot optical breakdowns were detected and characterized at different laser intensities, and damage threshold values of 0.2, 0.3, and 7.0 J/cm2, were established for Ge, Si, and sapphire, respectively. As a result, the measured damage threshold values were stable and repeatable within individual data sets, and across varying experimental conditions.

  10. Measuring single-shot, picosecond optical damage threshold in Ge, Si, and sapphire with a 5.1-μm laser

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    Agustsson, R.; Pogorelsky, I.; Arab, E.; Murokh, A.; O"Shea, B.; Ovodenko, A.; Rosenzweig, J.; Solovyov, V.; Tilton, R.

    2015-11-18

    Optical photonic structures driven by picosecond, GW-class lasers are emerging as promising novel sources of electron beams and high quality X-rays. Due to quadratic dependence on wavelength of the laser ponderomotive potential, the performance of such sources scales very favorably towards longer drive laser wavelengths. However, to take full advantage of photonic structures at mid-IR spectral region, it is important to determine optical breakdown limits of common optical materials. To this end, an experimental study was carried out at a wavelength of 5 µm, using a frequency-doubled CO2 laser source, with 5 ps pulse length. Single-shot optical breakdowns were detectedmore » and characterized at different laser intensities, and damage threshold values of 0.2, 0.3, and 7.0 J/cm2, were established for Ge, Si, and sapphire, respectively. As a result, the measured damage threshold values were stable and repeatable within individual data sets, and across varying experimental conditions.« less

  11. Optical, dielectric and microhardness studies on (100) directed ADP crystal.

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    Rajesh, P; Ramasamy, P

    2009-09-15

    (100) directed ammonium dihydrogen phosphate single crystal has been grown using the uniaxially solution-crystallization method of Sankaranarayanan-Ramasamy (SR). The size of the grown crystal is 40 mm in diameter and 50mm in thickness. The grown crystals were characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, Vickers hardness and dielectric studies. Comparing the (100) plane of the conventional method grown ADP crystal with (100) directed SR method grown ADP crystal, optical transparency, dielectric constant and Vickers hardness number are increased and dielectric loss is decreased in SR method grown crystal. PMID:19592298

  12. The effect of nucleation layer thickness on the structural evolution and crystal quality of bulk GaN grown by a two-step process on cone-patterned sapphire substrate

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    Shang, Lin; Zhai, Guangmei; Mei, Fuhong; Jia, Wei; Yu, Chunyan; Liu, Xuguang; Xu, Bingshe

    2016-05-01

    The role of nucleation layer thickness on the GaN crystal quality grown on cone-patterned sapphire substrate (PSS) was explored. The morphologies of epitaxial GaN at different growth stages were investigated by a series of growth interruption in detail. After 10- and 15-min three-dimensional growth, the nucleation sites are very important for the bulk GaN crystal quality. They have a close relationship with the nucleation layer thickness, as confirmed through the scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis. Nucleation sites formed mainly on patterns are bad for bulk GaN crystal quality and nucleation sites formed mainly in the trenches of PSS mounds are good for bulk GaN crystal quality, as proved by X-ray diffraction analysis. Nucleation layer thickness can effectively control the nucleation sites and thus determine the crystal quality of bulk GaN.

  13. Planar optics with patterned chiral liquid crystals

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    Kobashi, Junji; Yoshida, Hiroyuki; Ozaki, Masanori

    2016-06-01

    Reflective metasurfaces based on metallic and dielectric nanoscatterers have attracted interest owing to their ability to control the phase of light. However, because such nanoscatterers require subwavelength features, the fabrication of elements that operate in the visible range is challenging. Here, we show that chiral liquid crystals with a self-organized helical structure enable metasurface-like, non-specular reflection in the visible region. The phase of light that is Bragg-reflected off the helical structure can be controlled over 0–2π depending on the spatial phase of the helical structure; thus planar elements with arbitrary reflected wavefronts can be created via orientation control. The circular polarization selectivity and external field tunability of Bragg reflection open a wide variety of potential applications for this family of functional devices, from optical isolators to wearable displays.

  14. Broadband phase-coherent optical frequency synthesis with actively linked Ti:sapphire and Cr:forsterite femtosecond lasers.

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    Bartels, Albrecht; Newbury, Nathan R; Thomann, Isabell; Hollberg, Leo; Diddams, Scott A

    2004-02-15

    We link the output spectra of a Ti:sapphire and a Cr:forsterite femtosecond laser phase coherently to form a continuous frequency comb with a wavelength coverage of 0.57-1.45 microm at power levels of 1 nW to 40 microW per frequency mode. To achieve this, the laser repetition rates and the carrier-envelope offset frequencies are phase locked to each other. The coherence time between the individual components of the two combs is 40 micros. The timing jitter between the lasers is 20 fs. The combined frequency comb is self-referenced for access to its overall offset frequency. We report the first demonstration to our knowledge of an extremely broadband and continuous, high-powered and phase-coherent frequency comb from two femtosecond lasers with different gain media. PMID:14971767

  15. Liquid-crystal prisms for tip-tilt adaptive optics.

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    Love, G D; Major, J V; Purvis, A

    1994-08-01

    Results from an electrically addressed liquid-crystal cell producing continuous phase profiles are presented. The adaptive deflection of a beam of light for use in a tip-tilt adaptive optics system is demonstrated. We compare the optical performance of liquid-crystal prisms with experimental data on atmospheric seeing at the William Herschel Telescope. PMID:19844566

  16. Determining crystal growth kinetic parameters using optical fibre sensors

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    Boerkamp, M.; Lamb, D. W.; Lye, P. G.

    2012-12-01

    The capability of an 'intrinsic exposed core optical fibre sensor' (IECOFS) as a monitoring device of scale formation has been evaluated. The IECOFS has been used to measure kinetics parameters of calcium carbonate heterogeneous crystal growth such as the activation energy, the crystal growth rate and the induction time. The IECOFS was able to evaluate crystal growth inhibition through the use of chemical inhibitors.

  17. Fabrication of fully undercut ZnO-based photonic crystal membranes with 3D optical confinement

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    Hoffmann, Sandro Phil; Albert, Maximilian; Meier, Cedrik

    2016-09-01

    For studying nonlinear photonics, a highly controllable emission of photons with specific properties is essential. Two-dimensional photonic crystals (PhCs) have proven to be an excellent candidate for manipulating photon emission due to resonator-based effects. Additionally, zinc oxide (ZnO) has high susceptibility coefficients and therefore shows pronounced nonlinear effects. However, in order to fabricate such a cavity, a fully undercut ZnO membrane is required, which is a challenging problem due to poor selectivity of the known etching chemistry for typical substrates such as sapphire or ZnO. The aim of this paper is to demonstrate and characterize fully undercut photonic crystal membranes based on a thin ZnO film sandwiched between two layers of silicon dioxide (SiO2) on silicon substrates, from the initial growth of the heterostructure throughout the entire fabrication process. This process leads to a fully undercut ZnO-based membrane with adjustable optical confinement in all three dimensions. Finally, photonic resonances within the tailored photonic band gap are achieved due to optimized PhC-design (in-plane) and total internal reflection in the z-direction. The presented approach enables a variety of photon based resonator structures in the UV regime for studying nonlinear effects, including photon-exciton coupling and all-optical switching.

  18. Optical dephasing in semiconductor mixed crystals

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    Siegner, U.; Weber, D.; Göbel, E. O.; Bennhardt, D.; Heuckeroth, V.; Saleh, R.; Baranovskii, S. D.; Thomas, P.; Schwab, H.; Klingshirn, C.; Hvam, J. M.; Lyssenko, V. G.

    1992-08-01

    The influence of disorder and localization on optical dephasing of excitons in the semiconductor mixed crystals CdS1-xSex and AlxGa1-xAs has been investigated by means of time-resolved four-wave mixing and photon echo experiments. A dephasing time of several hundreds of picoseconds is found for resonantly excited localized excitons in CdS1-xSex while the dephasing time in AlxGa1-xAs amounts to only a few picoseconds. In CdS1-xSex dephasing results mainly from hopping processes, i.e., exciton-phonon interaction. The contribution of disorder is negligible in terms of phase relaxation in CdS1-xSex. In contrast, in AlxGa1-xAs elastic disorder scattering yields an essential contribution to the dephasing rate. We present a theoretical model, which treats dephasing of optical excitations in a disordered semiconductor, including the influence of disorder as well as exciton-phonon interaction. On the base of this model, the experimentally observed differences in the dephasing behavior of excitons in CdS1-xSex and AlxGa1-xAs are related to the microscopic structure of the disorder potential and the mechanism of exciton localization.

  19. Optical characterization of lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals

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    Liu, Hui

    Lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals (LCLCs) represent a special class of lyotropic mesophases markedly different from conventional amphiphilic mesogens. Materials forming LCLCs are composed of plank-like molecules with a polyaromatic central core and hydrophilic ionic groups at the periphery. The individual molecules tend to assemble into rodlike aggregates that form the N phase once the concentration exceeds about 0.1M. The LCLC materials show a tremendous potential for applications in optics as self-assembling polarizing and compensating films and in the area of real-time biological sensing. The emerging applications require an understanding of basic properties of LCLC. This work addresses these needs by providing the optical characterization of LCLC. We studied in detail the optical anisotropic properties of three different nematic LCLCs: disodium cromoglycate (DSCG), Blue 27, and Violet 20. We determined the birefringence of these three materials as the function of the temperature T and wavelength lambda and the corresponding dependencies of the absorption coefficients for Blue 27 and Violet 20. The birefringence is negative and significantly lower in the absolute value as compared to the birefringence of typical thermotropic N materials. We determined the scalar order parameter of the nematic phase of Blue 27 and its temperature dependence. The scalar order parameter is close to the one predicted by the classic Onsager theory for solutions of rigid rods. However, this similarity is not complete, as the measured scalar order parameter depends on temperature. The I-N pretransitional fluctuations in an aqueous solution of DSCG were studied by light scattering. We obtained the correlation length of the orientational order-parameter fluctuations of isotropic DSCG solution. The pretransitional behavior of light scattering does not completely follow the classic Landau-de Gennes model. This feature is explained by the variable length of DSCG aggregates as a function

  20. External-cavity frequency doubling of a 5-W 756-nm injection-locked Ti:sapphire laser.

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    Cha, Yong-Ho; Ko, Kwang-Hoon; Lim, Gwon; Han, Jae-Min; Park, Hyun-Min; Kim, Taek-Soo; Jeong, Do-Young

    2008-03-31

    We have developed a 5-W 756-nm injection-locked Ti:sapphire laser and frequency-doubled it in an external enhancement cavity for the generation of watt-level 378-nm single-frequency radiation, which is essential for isotope-selective optical pumping of thallium atoms. With a lithium triborate (LBO) crystal in the enhancement cavity, 1.1 W at 378 nm was coupled out from the cavity. Such results are to our knowledge the highest powers of continuous-wave single-frequency radiation generated from a Ti:sapphire laser and its frequency doubling. PMID:18542585

  1. Use of a photonic crystal for optical amplifier gain control

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    Lin, Shawn-Yu; Fleming, James G.; El-Kady, Ihab

    2006-07-18

    An optical amplifier having a uniform gain profile uses a photonic crystal to tune the density-of-states of a gain medium so as to modify the light emission rate between atomic states. The density-of-states of the gain medium is tuned by selecting the size, shape, dielectric constant, and spacing of a plurality of microcavity defects in the photonic crystal. The optical amplifier is particularly useful for the regeneration of DWDM signals in long optical fibers.

  2. Lightweight optical mirrors formed in single crystal substrate

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    Bly, Vincent T. (Inventor)

    2006-01-01

    This invention is directed to a process for manufacturing a lightweight mirror from a single crystal material, such as single crystal silicon. As a near perfect single crystal material, single crystal silicon has much lower internal stress than a conventional material. This means much less distortion of the optical surface during the light weighting process. After being ground and polished, a single crystal silicon mirror is light weighted by removing material from the back side using ultrasonic machining. After the light weighting process, the single crystal silicon mirror may be used as-is or further figured by conventional polishing or ion milling, depending on the application and the operating wavelength.

  3. Effect of sapphire substrate orientations on the microstructural, optical and NO2 gas sensing properties of Zn(1-x)CdxO thin films synthesized by sol gel spin-coating method

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    Boukadhaba, M. A.; Chebil, W.; Fouzri, A.; Sallet, V.; Lusson, A.; Amiri, G.; Vilar, C.; Oumezzine, M.

    2016-06-01

    A simple and cost-effective sol-gel technique was employed to elaborate ZnO and Zn(1-x)CdxO thin films deposit by spin coating onto the c- and r-plane sapphire substrates. The deposited films were characterized for their structural, morphological and optical properties using high resolution X ray diffraction (HRXRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) as function of Cd incorporation and employed substrate. Higher Cd incorporation (4.5%) is obtained for ZnCdO layer deposited on r-plane sapphire, which is confirmed by the greatest energy shift (110 meV) to lower energy measured by low temperature photoluminescence. X-ray diffraction study revealed that all films are polycrystalline with a hexagonal wurtzite structure. A preferred orientation along [001] and [110] direction is obtained respectively for layer deposited on c- and r-plane sapphire. However, the (002) and (110) XRD layers peak were shifted towards the lower 2θ values after Cd incorporation showing a slight variation of cell parameters. SEM and AFM image show no very significant variation in the morphology of the layers depending on the substrate orientation and Cd content incorporated. A mixture of large and small hexagonal grains are obtained which are more pronounced for ZnCdO deposited on r-plane sapphire and their agglomeration leaves more empty space in films. The gas sensing performances were tested in NO2 containing air for different operating temperatures as function of Cd incorporation and sapphire substrate orientation. The experimental result exhibited that ZnCdO sensors deposited on r-plane sapphire shows a more better gas response with fast response and recovery time at moderate operating temperatures as Cd contend increase.

  4. Minimizing radiation damage in nonlinear optical crystals

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    Cooke, D.W.; Bennett, B.L.; Cockroft, N.J.

    1998-09-08

    Methods are disclosed for minimizing laser induced damage to nonlinear crystals, such as KTP crystals, involving various means for electrically grounding the crystals in order to diffuse electrical discharges within the crystals caused by the incident laser beam. In certain embodiments, electrically conductive material is deposited onto or into surfaces of the nonlinear crystals and the electrically conductive surfaces are connected to an electrical ground. To minimize electrical discharges on crystal surfaces that are not covered by the grounded electrically conductive material, a vacuum may be created around the nonlinear crystal. 5 figs.

  5. Minimizing radiation damage in nonlinear optical crystals

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    Cooke, D. Wayne; Bennett, Bryan L.; Cockroft, Nigel J.

    1998-01-01

    Methods are disclosed for minimizing laser induced damage to nonlinear crystals, such as KTP crystals, involving various means for electrically grounding the crystals in order to diffuse electrical discharges within the crystals caused by the incident laser beam. In certain embodiments, electrically conductive material is deposited onto or into surfaces of the nonlinear crystals and the electrically conductive surfaces are connected to an electrical ground. To minimize electrical discharges on crystal surfaces that are not covered by the grounded electrically conductive material, a vacuum may be created around the nonlinear crystal.

  6. Photonic detection and characterization of DNA using sapphire microspheres.

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    Murib, Mohammed Sharif; Yeap, Weng-Siang; Martens, Daan; Bienstman, Peter; De Ceuninck, Ward; van Grinsven, Bart; Schöning, Michael J; Michiels, Luc; Haenen, Ken; Ameloot, Marcel; Serpengüzel, Ali; Wagner, Patrick

    2014-09-01

    A microcavity-based deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) optical biosensor is demonstrated for the first time using synthetic sapphire for the optical cavity. Transmitted and elastic scattering intensity at 1510 nm are analyzed from a sapphire microsphere (radius 500 µm, refractive index 1.77) on an optical fiber half coupler. The 0.43 nm angular mode spacing of the resonances correlates well with the optical size of the sapphire sphere. Probe DNA consisting of a 36-mer fragment was covalently immobilized on a sapphire microsphere and hybridized with a 29-mer target DNA. Whispering gallery modes (WGMs) were monitored before the sapphire was functionalized with DNA and after it was functionalized with single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) and double-stranded DNA (dsDNA). The shift in WGMs from the surface modification with DNA was measured and correlated well with the estimated thickness of the add-on DNA layer. It is shown that ssDNA is more uniformly oriented on the sapphire surface than dsDNA. In addition, it is shown that functionalization of the sapphire spherical surface with DNA does not affect the quality factor (Q . ≈ 04) of the sapphire microspheres. The use of sapphire is especially interesting because this material is chemically resilient, biocompatible, and widely used for medical implants. PMID:25260868

  7. Study on micro-crystallization, growth, optical properties and defects of a nonlinear optical crystal: MnHg(SCN) 4

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    Liu, Xitao; Wang, Xinqiang; Sun, Zhihua; Lin, Xiaojing; Zhang, Guanghui; Xu, Dong

    2011-02-01

    High optical quality single crystals of a nonlinear optical material, manganese mercury thiocyanate, MnHg(SCN) 4 (MMTC), with dimensions up to 21×14×13 mm 3 have been grown by the solvent evaporation method. The growth habit of MMTC crystal crystallized under different conditions was investigated by means of micro-crystallization method. Two typical growth morphologies of the crystal were indexed and compared with the morphology deduced from the single crystal structure data. The results show that two novel {1 0 0} and {1 1 2} facets appear during the crystal growth. Powder second harmonic generation and spectral transmittance measurements were also performed. The results indicate that MMTC is phase-matchable and the UV transparency cutoff occurs at 373 nm. Various defects were found in MMTC crystal. Their formation mechanisms and the methods to eliminate these defects are discussed.

  8. Theoretical studies for novel non-linear optical crystals

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    Wu, Kechen; Chen, Chuangtian

    1996-09-01

    To fulfil the "molecular engineering" of non-linear optical crystals, two theoretical models suitable respectively for the studies of the absorption edge and birefringence of a non-linear optical crystal have been set up. Molecular quantum chemical methods have been adopted in the systematic calculations of some typical crystals. DV-SCM-X α methods have been used to calculate the absorption edge on the UV side of BBO, LBO, KB5, KDP, Na 2SbF 5, Ba 2TiSi 2O 8, iodate and NaNO 2 crystals. Ab initio methods have been adopted to study the birefringence of NaNO 2, BBO, LiIO 3 and urea crystals. All the theoretical results agreed well with the experimental values. The relationship between structure and properties has been discussed. The results will be helpful to the search for novel non-linear optical crystals.

  9. Gelled colloidal crystals as tunable optical filters for spectrophotometers

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    Sugao, Yukihiro; Onda, Sachiko; Toyotama, Akiko; Takiguchi, Yoshihiro; Sawada, Tsutomu; Hara, Shigeo; Nishikawa, Suguru; Yamanaka, Junpei

    2016-08-01

    We examined the performance of charged colloidal crystals immobilized in a polymer gel as tunable optical filters. The colloidal crystals of charged silica particles (particle diameter = 121 nm; particle concentration = 3.5 vol %; and Bragg wavelength λB = 630–720 nm) were produced by unidirectional crystallization under a temperature gradient. Photocurable gelation reagents were dissolved in the sample beforehand; this enabled gel immobilization of the crystals under ultraviolet illumination. The crystals had dimensions of more than 25 mm2 in area and 1 mm in thickness, and spatial λB variations of less than 1%. Upon mechanical compression, λB values shifted linearly and reversibly over almost the entire visible spectrum. Using the gelled crystals as tunable optical filters, we measured the transmittance spectra of various samples and found them to be in close agreement with those determined using a spectrophotometer equipped with optical gratings.

  10. Absorption-edge calculations of inorganic nonlinear optical crystals

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    Wu, Kechen; Chen, Chuangtian

    1992-03-01

    A theoretical model suitable for calculating absorption edges of inorganic nonlinear optical (NLO) crystals is introduced. This model is proved to be useful to elucidate the relationship between electronic structures of NLO-active groups and macroscopic properties of absorption edges on the UV side of most of the inorganic nonlinear optical crystals. A systematic calculation of absorption edges on the UV side for several important inorganic NLO crystals is carried out by means of DV-SCM-Xα method and all calculated results are in good agreement with experimental data. These inorganic NLO crystals include LiB3O5(LBO), β-BaB2O4(BBO), KB5, KDP, Na2SbF5, Ba2TiSi2O8, iodate and NaNO2. The calculated energy level structures of LiB3O5 and β-BaB2O4 crystals are compared with the measured XPS spectra. The unusual transparent spectra of KB5 and KDP crystals are partly explained from the microstructure point of view. The effect of lone electron pair in iodate and NaNO2 crystals on their absorption edges are discussed. All these results show that Anionic Group Theory of Nonlinear Optical Crystals is useful to evaluate the absorption edges of the inorganic nonlinear optical crystal and is a powerful tool in a Molecular Engineering approach to search for new nonlinear optical materials.

  11. Improvement of optical quality of semipolar (11 2 ¯ 2 ) GaN on m-plane sapphire by in-situ epitaxial lateral overgrowth

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    Monavarian, Morteza; Izyumskaya, Natalia; Müller, Marcus; Metzner, Sebastian; Veit, Peter; Can, Nuri; Das, Saikat; Özgür, Ümit; Bertram, Frank; Christen, Jürgen; Morkoç, Hadis; Avrutin, Vitaliy

    2016-04-01

    Among the major obstacles for development of non-polar and semipolar GaN structures on foreign substrates are stacking faults which deteriorate the structural and optical quality of the material. In this work, an in-situ SiNx nano-network has been employed to achieve high quality heteroepitaxial semipolar (11 2 ¯ 2 ) GaN on m-plane sapphire with reduced stacking fault density. This approach involves in-situ deposition of a porous SiNx interlayer on GaN that serves as a nano-mask for the subsequent growth, which starts in the nanometer-sized pores (window regions) and then progresses laterally as well, as in the case of conventional epitaxial lateral overgrowth (ELO). The inserted SiNx nano-mask effectively prevents the propagation of defects, such as dislocations and stacking faults, in the growth direction and thus reduces their density in the overgrown layers. The resulting semipolar (11 2 ¯ 2 ) GaN layers exhibit relatively smooth surface morphology and improved optical properties (PL intensity enhanced by a factor of 5 and carrier lifetimes by 35% to 85% compared to the reference semipolar (11 2 ¯ 2 ) GaN layer) which approach to those of the c-plane in-situ nano-ELO GaN reference and, therefore, holds promise for light emitting and detecting devices.

  12. Fully efficient adiabatic frequency conversion of broadband Ti:sapphire oscillator pulses.

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    Moses, Jeffrey; Suchowski, Haim; Kärtner, Franz X

    2012-05-01

    By adiabatic difference-frequency generation in an aperiodically poled nonlinear crystal-a nonlinear optical analog of rapid adiabatic passage in a two-level atomic system-we demonstrate the conversion of a 110 nm band from an octave-spanning Ti:sapphire oscillator to the infrared, spanning 1550 to 2450 nm, with near-100% internal conversion efficiency. The experiment proves the principle of complete Landau-Zener adiabatic transfer in nonlinear optical wave mixing. Our implementation is a practical approach to the seeding of high-energy ultrabroadband optical parametric chirped pulse amplifiers. PMID:22555747

  13. Germanium Nanocrystals Embedded in Sapphire

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    Xu, Q.; Sharp, I.D.; Liao, C.Y.; Yi, D.O.; Ager III, J.W.; Beeman, J.W.; Yu, K.M.; Chrzan, D.C.; Haller, E.E.

    2005-04-15

    {sup 74}Ge nanocrystals are formed in a sapphire matrix by ion implantation followed by damage. Embedded nanocrystals experience large compressive stress relative to bulk, as embedded in sapphire melt very close to the bulk melting point (Tm = 936 C) whereas experience considerably lower stresses. Also, in situ TEM reveals that nanocrystals ion-beam-synthesized nanocrystals embedded in silica are observed to be spherical and measured by Raman spectroscopy of the zone center optical phonon. In contrast, reveals that the nanocrystals are faceted and have a bi-modal size distribution. Notably, the matrix remains crystalline despite the large implantation dose and corresponding thermal annealing. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) of as-grown samples those embedded in silica exhibit a significant melting point hysteresis around T{sub m}.

  14. Progress in linear optics, non-linear optics and surface alignment of liquid crystals

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    Ong, H.L.; Meyer, R.B.; Hurd, A.J.; Karn, A.J.; Arakelian, S.M.; Shen, Y.R.; Sanda, P.N.; Dove, D.B.; Jansen, S.A.; Hoffmann, R.

    1989-01-01

    We first discuss the progress in linear optics, in particular, the formulation and application of geometrical-optics approximation and its generalization. We then discuss the progress in non-linear optics, in particular, the enhancement of a first-order Freedericksz transition and intrinsic optical bistability in homeotropic and parallel oriented nematic liquid crystal cells. Finally, we discuss the liquid crystal alignment and surface effects on field-induced Freedericksz transition. 50 refs.

  15. Optical and electrical step-recovery study of minority-carrier transport in an InGaN /GaN quantum-well light-emitting diode grown on sapphire

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    Kaplar, R. J.; Kurtz, S. R.; Koleske, D. D.

    2004-11-01

    Forward-to-reverse bias step-recovery experiments were performed on an InGaN /GaN single-quantum-well light-emitting diode grown on sapphire. With the quantum well sampling the minority-carrier hole density at a single position, the optical emission displayed a two-stage decay. Using a solution to the diffusion equation to self-consistently describe both the optical and electrical recovery data, we estimated values for the hole lifetime (758±44ns), diffusion length (588±45nm), and mobility (0.18±0.02cm2/Vs) in GaN grown on sapphire. This low value of the minority-carrier mobility may reflect trap-modulated transport, and the lifetime is suggestive of slow capture and emission processes occurring through deep levels.

  16. Crystal-free Formation of Non-Oxide Optical Fiber

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    Nabors, Sammy A.

    2015-01-01

    Researchers at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center have devised a method for the creation of crystal-free nonoxide optical fiber preforms. Non-oxide fiber optics are extensively used in infrared transmitting applications such as communication systems, chemical sensors, and laser fiber guides for cutting, welding and medical surgery. However, some of these glasses are very susceptible to crystallization. Even small crystals can lead to light scatter and a high attenuation coefficient, limiting their usefulness. NASA has developed a new method of non-oxide fiber formation that uses axial magnetic fields to suppress crystallization. The resulting non-oxide fibers are crystal free and have lower signal attenuation rates than silica based optical fibers.

  17. Compact dual-crystal optical parametric amplification for broadband IR pulse generation using a collinear geometry.

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    Hong, Zuofei; Zhang, Qingbin; Lu, Peixiang

    2013-04-22

    A novel compact dual-crystal optical parametric amplification (DOPA) scheme, collinearly pumped by a Ti:sapphire laser (0.8 μm), is theoretically investigated for efficiently generating broadband IR pulses at non-degenerate wavelengths (1.2 μm~1.4 μm and 1.8 μm~2.1 μm). By inserting a pair of barium fluoride (BaF(2)) wedges between two thin β-barium borate (BBO) crystals, the group velocity mismatch (GVM) between the three interacting pulses can be compensated simultaneously. In this case, the obtained signal spectrum centered at 1.3 μm is nearly 20% broader and the conversion efficiency is increased, but also the pulse contrast and beam quality are improved due to the better temporal overlap. Furthermore, sub-two-cycle idler pulses with carrier-envelope phase (CEP) fluctuation of sub-100-mrad root mean square (RMS) can be generated. Because a tunable few-cycle IR pulse with millijoule energy is attainable in this scheme, it will contribute to ultrafast community and be particularly useful as a driving or controlling field for the generation of ultrafast coherent x-ray supercontinuum. PMID:23609660

  18. REVIEW: Optical neural computers based on photorefractive crystals

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    Bel'dyugin, Igor'M.; Zolotarev, M. V.; Sviridov, K. A.

    1992-05-01

    The results are given of recent investigations of the feasibility of using photorefractive crystals in the construction of optical neural computers and of associative memories. The physical basis of the interaction of laser radiation with photorefractive crystals is given and the principles governing the formation of an all-optical neuron and of links (synapses) between neurons in such crystals are discussed. An analysis is made of the learning capabilities of various models of neural networks (Boltzmann machine, perceptron, associatron, neural networks with competition, etc.) and optical systems implementing these models with the aid of photorefractive crystals are described. Extensive experimental data are reported and the results are given of modeling of various tasks (multidimensional optimization, image recognition, etc.) by optical neural computers.

  19. Electro-optical switching by liquid-crystal controlled metasurfaces.

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    Decker, Manuel; Kremers, Christian; Minovich, Alexander; Staude, Isabelle; Miroshnichenko, Andrey E; Chigrin, Dmitry; Neshev, Dragomir N; Jagadish, Chennupati; Kivshar, Yuri S

    2013-04-01

    We study the optical response of a metamaterial surface created by a lattice of split-ring resonators covered with a nematic liquid crystal and demonstrate millisecond timescale switching between electric and magnetic resonances of the metasurface. This is achieved due to a high sensitivity of liquid-crystal molecular reorientation to the symmetry of the metasurface as well as to the presence of a bias electric field. Our experiments are complemented by numerical simulations of the liquid-crystal reorientation. PMID:23571978

  20. Crystalline perfection, third-order nonlinear optical properties and optical limiting studies of 3, 4-Dimethoxy -4‧-methoxychalcone single crystal

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    Patil, P. S.; Maidur, Shivaraj R.; Rao, S. Venugopal; Dharmaprakash, S. M.

    2016-07-01

    Transparent good quality single crystals of organic nonlinear optical material, 3, 4-Dimethoxy -4‧-methoxychalcone (DMMC) were grown by slow evaporation solution growth technique in acetone at ambient temperature. The lattice parameters were estimated from powder X-ray diffraction. The crystalline perfection has been evaluated by high resolution X-ray diffractometry (HRXRD). The UV-vis-NIR absorption spectrum reveals that the crystal is transparent between 440 nm and 900 nm for optical applications. The fluorescence spectrum shows a peak at about 482 nm and indicates that the crystal has a blue fluorescence emission. The third order nonlinear optical properties of solution of DMMC in N, N-Dimethylformamide (DMF) solvent has been investigated using Z-scan technique with femtosecond (fs) Ti:sapphire laser pulses at 800 nm wavelength. The calculated values of nonlinear refractive index, nonlinear absorption coefficient, and the magnitude of third-order susceptibility are of the order of - 7.7×10-14cm2/W, 1.7×10-9 cm/W and 6.7×10-12 e.s.u. respectively. The two photon absorption (2PA) cross section and molecular second-order hyperpolarizability values obtained is of the order of 10-49 cm4 s/photon/molecule and 2.8×10-31 e.s.u. respectively. The crystal shows optical-limiting (OL) effects for femtosecond laser pulses at 800 nm. The results suggest that the nonlinear properties investigated for DMMC are comparable with some of the reported chalcone derivatives and can be desirable for nonlinear optical applications.

  1. Optical Evaluation of Digital Micromirror Devices (DMDs) with UV-Grade Fused Silica, Sapphire, and Magnesium Fluoride Windows and Longterm Reflectance of Bare Devices

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    Quijada, Manuel A.; Travinsky, Anton; Vorobiev, Dmitry; Ninkov, Zoran; Raisanen, Alan; Robberto, Massimo; Heap, Sara

    2016-01-01

    Digital micromirror devices (DMDs) are commercial micro-electromechanical systems, consisting of millions of mirrors which can be individually addressed and tilted into one of two states (+/-12deg). These devices were developed to create binary patterns in video projectors, in the visible range. Commercially available DMDs are hermetically sealed and extremely reliable. Recently, DMDs have been identified as an alternative to microshutter arrays for space-based multi-object spectrometers (MOS). Specifically, the MOS at the heart of the proposed Galactic Evolution Spectroscopic Explorer (GESE) uses the DMD as a reprogrammable slit mask. Unfortunately, the protective borosilicate windows limit the use of DMDs in the UV and IR regimes, where the glass has insufficient throughput. In this work, we present our efforts to replace standard DMD windows with custom windows made from UV-grade fused silica, low-absorption optical sapphire (LAOS) and magnesium fluoride (MgF2). We present transmission measurements of the antireflection coated windows and the reflectance of bare (window removed) DMDs. Furthermore, we investigated the long-term stability of the DMD reflectance and experiments for coating DMD active area with a layer of pure aluminum (Al) to boost reflectance performance in the UV spectral range (200-400 nm).

  2. Two-colour high-speed asynchronous optical sampling based on offset-stabilized Yb:KYW and Ti:sapphire oscillators.

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    Krauß, N; Schäfer, G; Flock, J; Kliebisch, O; Li, C; Barros, H G; Heinecke, D C; Dekorsy, T

    2015-07-13

    We present a high-speed asynchronous optical sampling system, based on two different Kerr-lens mode-locked lasers with a GHz repetition rate: An Yb:KYW oscillator and a Ti:sapphire oscillator are synchronized in a master-slave configuration at a repetition rate offset of a few kHz. This system enables two-colour pump-probe measurements with resulting noise floors below 10⁻⁶ at a data aquisition time of 5 seconds. The measured temporal resolution within the 1 ns time window is below 350 fs, including a timing jitter of less than 50 fs. The system is applied to investigate zone-folded coherent acoustic phonons in two different semiconductor superlattices in transmission geometry at a probe wavelength far below the bandgap of the superlattice constituents. The lifetime of the phonon modes with a zero wave vector and frequencies in the range from 100 GHz to 500 GHz are measured at room temperature and compared with previous work. PMID:26191885

  3. Optical and photoelectrochemical study of WTe2 single crystals

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    Desai, P. F.; Patel, D. D.; Bhavsar, D. N.; Jani, A. R.

    2013-06-01

    Single crystals of Tungsten Ditelluride (WTe2) having a layered structure grown by chemical vapor transport method using iodine as the transporting agent are studied here. The optical response of these crystals has been obtained by UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopy at room temperature. Results of optical spectra have been analyzed on the basis of three dimensional models. Photoelectrochemical (PEC) characterization of WTe 2 single crystals have been carried out. Photo response measurements were obtained at different intensities of light source to illuminate the photoanode. The effect of intensity in the efficiency of PEC solar cell has been studied. The implications of the results have been discussed.

  4. Phase correction in two-crystal optical parametric oscillators

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    Armstron, D.J.; Alford, W.J.; Raymond, T.D.; Smith, A.V.

    1995-02-01

    The effect of the pump, signal, and idler wave phases on three-wave nonlinear parametric mixing is investigated in a series of single-pass-gain experiments. Measurements are made with two angle-tuned KTP crystals in a 532 nm pumped, walkoff-compensated, optical parametric amplifier that is seeded by an 800 nm cw diode laser. In one of the measurements the second crystal is orientated to have its effective nonlinearity d{sub eff.} of opposite sign to that of the first crystal, so that all mixing that occurred in the first crystal is cancelled by the second when the phase mismatch {Delta}k{sub crystal 1} = {Delta}k{sub crystal 2} = 0. Efficient two-crystal amplification is subsequently restored by selecting the correct phase relationship for the three waves entering the crystal by inserting a dispersive plate between the crystals. The experimental results are explained in a straightforward manner with diagrams involving the three input wave polarizations. These results demonstrate that walkoff-compensated geometries require phase correction to achieve efficient mixing in the second crystal whenever the nonlinear interaction involves two extraordinary waves (e-waves). One practical application of this work may be lower oscillation thresholds and enhanced performance in walkoff-compensated optical parametric oscillators which use two e-waves.

  5. Optical stress sensor based on electro-optic compensation for photoelastic birefringence in a single crystal

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    Li Changsheng

    2011-09-20

    An optical stress sensor is proposed by using a single crystal with both electro-optic and photoelastic effects. Different from previous crystal-based stress sensors, the proposed sensor is based on electro-optic compensation for stress-induced birefringence and does not need an additional quarter-wave plate or modulator, because the stress-sensing element is simultaneously used as an electro-optic compensator. Candidate sensing materials include electro-optic crystals of the 3 m symmetry group and all glass with large Kerr coefficients. A primary experiment has demonstrated that the stress-induced birefringence in lithium niobate crystal can be compensated by its electro-optic birefringence. The proposed stress sensor is compact and low cost, and it is possible to achieve closed-loop stress measurement.

  6. Sapphire tube pressure vessel

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    Outwater, J.O.

    2000-05-23

    A pressure vessel is provided for observing corrosive fluids at high temperatures and pressures. A transparent Teflon bag contains the corrosive fluid and provides an inert barrier. The Teflon bag is placed within a sapphire tube, which forms a pressure boundary. The tube is received within a pipe including a viewing window. The combination of the Teflon bag, sapphire tube and pipe provides a strong and inert pressure vessel. In an alternative embodiment, tie rods connect together compression fittings at opposite ends of the sapphire tube.

  7. Sapphire tube pressure vessel

    DOEpatents

    Outwater, John O.

    2000-01-01

    A pressure vessel is provided for observing corrosive fluids at high temperatures and pressures. A transparent Teflon bag contains the corrosive fluid and provides an inert barrier. The Teflon bag is placed within a sapphire tube, which forms a pressure boundary. The tube is received within a pipe including a viewing window. The combination of the Teflon bag, sapphire tube and pipe provides a strong and inert pressure vessel. In an alternative embodiment, tie rods connect together compression fittings at opposite ends of the sapphire tube.

  8. Tunable optical anisotropy in three-dimensional photonic crystals

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    Che Ming; Li Zhiyuan; Liu Rongjuan

    2007-08-15

    Artificial optical birefringence can be realized in three-dimensional photonic crystals with a uniaxial structural symmetry: e.g., woodpile photonic crystals with a tetragonal lattice structure in the long-wavelength limit. The ordinary and extraordinary indices of refraction are determined from calculation of the reflection coefficient for a plane wave incident on the surface of a semi-infinite photonic crystal at different angles. We find that the anisotropy can be widely tuned by simply changing the width and thickness of the dielectric rod. A large relative negative anisotropy over 33% is found. A transition from positive anisotropy to negative anisotropy can be readily achieved. At certain parameters, a structurally anisotropic nanostructure can behave like an optically isotropic medium. Our study opens a window to use artificial nanostructures to create an arbitrary optical anisotropy that is not possible in natural crystals.

  9. Evolution of molecular crystal optical phonons near structural phase transitions

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    Michki, Nigel; Niessen, Katherine; Xu, Mengyang; Markelz, Andrea

    Molecular crystals are increasingly important photonic and electronic materials. For example organic semiconductors are lightweight compared to inorganic semiconductors and have inexpensive scale up processing with roll to roll printing. However their implementation is limited by their environmental sensitivity, in part arising from the weak intermolecular interactions of the crystal. These weak interactions result in optical phonons in the terahertz frequency range. We examine the evolution of intermolecular interactions near structural phase transitions by measuring the optical phonons as a function of temperature and crystal orientation using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. The measured orientation dependence of the resonances provides an additional constraint for comparison of the observed spectra with the density functional calculations, enabling us to follow specific phonon modes. We observe crystal reorganization near 350 K for oxalic acid as it transforms from dihydrate to anhydrous form. We also report the first THz spectra for the molecular crystal fructose through its melting point.

  10. A novel organic nonlinear optical crystal: Creatininium succinate

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    Thirumurugan, R.; Anitha, K.

    2015-06-01

    A novel organic material complex of creatininium succinate (CS) has been synthesized and single crystals were grown by the reaction of creatinine and succinic acid from aqueous solution by employing the technique of slow evaporation at room temperature. The structure of the grown crystal has been elucidated using single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis and the structure was refined by least-squares method to R = 0.027 for 1840 reflections. FT-IR spectral investigation has been carried out to identify the various functional groups in the title compound. UV-Vis transmission was carried out which shows the crystal has a good optical transmittance in the visible region with lower cutoff wavelength around 220 nm. Nonlinear optical property of the crystal was confirmed by Kurtz-Perry powder technique.

  11. A novel organic nonlinear optical crystal: Creatininium succinate

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    Thirumurugan, R.; Anitha, K.

    2015-06-24

    A novel organic material complex of creatininium succinate (CS) has been synthesized and single crystals were grown by the reaction of creatinine and succinic acid from aqueous solution by employing the technique of slow evaporation at room temperature. The structure of the grown crystal has been elucidated using single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis and the structure was refined by least-squares method to R = 0.027 for 1840 reflections. FT-IR spectral investigation has been carried out to identify the various functional groups in the title compound. UV–Vis transmission was carried out which shows the crystal has a good optical transmittance in the visible region with lower cutoff wavelength around 220 nm. Nonlinear optical property of the crystal was confirmed by Kurtz-Perry powder technique.

  12. Crystal growth of organics for nonlinear optical applications

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    Singh, N. B.; Mazelsky, R.

    1993-01-01

    The crystal growth and characterization of organic and inorganic nonlinear optical materials were extensively studied. For example, inorganic crystals such as thallium arsenic selenide were studied in our laboratory for several years and crystals in sizes over 2.5 cm in diameter are available. Organic crystals are suitable for the ultraviolet and near infrared region, but are relatively less developed than their inorganic counterparts. Very high values of the second harmonic conversion efficiency and the electro-optic coefficient were reported for organic compounds. Single crystals of a binary organic alloy based on m.NA and CNA were grown and higher second harmonic conversion efficiency than the values reported for m.NA were observed.

  13. High Resolution Sapphire Bragg Backscattering Monochromator

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    Linden, P. van der; Wille, H.-C.; Shvyd'ko, Yu. V.

    2007-01-19

    We present a temperature stabilised high resolution sapphire backscattering monochromator. The device consists of a sapphire crystal inside a cold nitrogen gas cooled, temperature stabilised chamber with a passively temperature stabilised screen. The achieved temperature stability of {+-}2mK allows for an energy resolution of {delta}E/E {<=} 10-7 at energies in the range of 30-70 keV. The device was developed for nuclear resonant scattering above 30 keV, where appropriate solutions did not exist until now.

  14. Open loop liquid crystal adaptive optics systems: progresses and results

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    Cao, Zhao-liang; Mu, Quan-quan; Xu, Huan-yu; Zhang, Pei-guang; Yao, Li-shuang; Xuan, Li

    2015-10-01

    Liquid crystal wavefront corrector (LCWFC) is one of the most attractive wavefront correction devices for adaptive optics system. The main disadvantages for conventional nematic LCWFC are polarization dependence and narrow working waveband. In this paper, a polarized beam splitter (PBS) based open loop optical design and an optimized energy splitting method was used to overcome these problems respectively. The results indicate that the open loop configuration was suitable for LCWFC and the novel energy splitting method can significantly improve the detection capability of the liquid crystal adaptive optics system.

  15. Process of making cryogenically cooled high thermal performance crystal optics

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    Kuzay, T.M.

    1990-06-29

    A method for constructing a cooled optic wherein one or more cavities are milled, drilled or formed using casting or ultrasound laser machining techniques in a single crystal base and filled with porous material having high thermal conductivity at cryogenic temperatures. A non-machined strain-free single crystal can be bonded to the base to produce superior optics. During operation of the cooled optic, N{sub 2} is pumped through the porous material at a sub-cooled cryogenic inlet temperature and with sufficient system pressure to prevent the fluid bulk temperature from reaching saturation.

  16. Process of making cryogenically cooled high thermal performance crystal optics

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    Kuzay, T.M.

    1992-06-23

    A method is disclosed for constructing a cooled optic wherein one or more cavities are milled, drilled or formed using casting or ultrasound laser machining techniques in a single crystal base and filled with porous material having high thermal conductivity at cryogenic temperatures. A non-machined strain-free single crystal can be bonded to the base to produce superior optics. During operation of the cooled optic, N[sub 2] is pumped through the porous material at a sub-cooled cryogenic inlet temperature and with sufficient system pressure to prevent the fluid bulk temperature from reaching saturation. 7 figs.

  17. Process of making cryogenically cooled high thermal performance crystal optics

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    Kuzay, Tuncer M.

    1992-01-01

    A method for constructing a cooled optic wherein one or more cavities are milled, drilled or formed using casting or ultrasound laser machining techniques in a single crystal base and filled with porous material having high thermal conductivity at cryogenic temperatures. A non-machined strain-free single crystal can be bonded to the base to produce superior optics. During operation of the cooled optic, N.sub.2 is pumped through the porous material at a sub-cooled cryogenic inlet temperature and with sufficient system pressure to prevent the fluid bulk temperature from reaching saturation.

  18. Laser-induced microwave generation with nonlinear optical crystals

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    Borghesani, Francesco; Braggio, Caterina; Carugno, Giovanni; Della Valle, Federico; Ruoso, Giuseppe

    2014-05-01

    We report about a novel technique to generate microwave radiation by the irradiation of a nonlinear optical crystal with uniformly spaced, ultrashort optical pulses delivered by a mode-locked laser. We study systematically the laser polarization and intensity dependence of the microwave signal to conclusively show that it is a nonlinear phenomenon and that it originates from optical rectification. The measurements have been conducted using KTP, LBO and ZnSe crystals. The observed pulsed microwave signals are harmonically related to the laser pulses repetition rate, a feature that can be exploited to develop an innovative ultrafast laser detector.

  19. The liquid crystal light valve, an optical-to-optical interface device

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    Jacobson, A. D.; Beard, T. D.; Bleha, W. P.; Margerum, J. D.; Wong, S. Y.

    1972-01-01

    A photoactivated liquid crystal light valve is described as an optical-to-optical interface device (OTTO) which is designed to transfer an optical image from a noncoherent light beam to a spatially coherent beam of light, in real time. Schematics of OTTO in use, the liquid cyrstal cell, and the liquid crystal structure are presented. Sensitivity characteristics and the principles of operation are discussed.

  20. Nonlinear optics, active plasmonics and metamaterials with liquid crystals

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    Khoo, Iam Choon

    2014-03-01

    Nematic liquid crystals possess large and versatile optical nonlinearities suitable for photonics applications spanning the femtoseconds to milliseconds time scales, and across a wide spectral window. We present a comprehensive review of the physical properties and mechanisms that underlie these multiple time scales nonlinearities, delving into individual molecular electronic responses as well as collective ordered-phase dynamical processes. Several exemplary theoretical formalisms and feasibility demonstrations of ultrafast all-optical transmission switching and tunable metamaterials and plasmonic photonic structures where the liquid crystal constituents play the critical role of enabling the processes are discussed. Emphasis is placed on all-optical processes, but we have also highlighted cases where electro-optical means could provide additional control, flexibility and enhancement possibility. We also point out how another phase of chiral nematic, namely, Blue-Phase liquid crystals could circumvent some of the limitations of nematic and present new possibilities.

  1. Characterization and Origin of Zonal Sapphire from Shandong Province, China

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    Yu, Xiaoyan; Niu, Xiaowei; Zhao, Linghao

    2015-02-01

    Shandong Province is the main producer of sapphire in China. Among the sapphire deposits discovered in China, Shandong sapphire hosted in Cenzoic basalt shows a great variety of features, especially for in zoning. These sapphire crystals are generally large in size, with depth in color and well-developed zoning. In this article, the characteristics of zonal sapphire have been studied by using petrography, trace element data from laser ablation inductively coupled with plasma-mass spectrometry, and Raman spectrometry. The trace elements variation is proposed to correspond with their parent magma composition, and the changes in growth environment of sapphire have resulted in the formation of zoning features. Sapphires from different geological settings have different characteristics. Trace elements in sapphire not only affect the color but also reflect the changes of physical and chemical conditions of sapphire growth. The concentration of impurity elements in the zoning core of Shandong sapphire is the highest, indicating that the parent magma of Shandong sapphire-host basaltic rock is rich in trace elements. Fe content is more than 2.00% in the zoning core, which causes the deepest color in the samples. It also suggests that the total content of Fe is positively correlated to the band color. The Raman spectrum shows that the spectrum peaks at 246 cm-1 caused by Fe3+ vary regularly with the band color, which shows that Fe is dominated by Fe3+ in Shandong sapphire. With the changes of forming condition, the parent magma composition has changed accordingly, which causes the zoning formation.

  2. Non-linear optical crystal vibration sensing device

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    Kalibjian, R.

    1994-08-09

    A non-linear optical crystal vibration sensing device including a photorefractive crystal and a laser is disclosed. The laser produces a coherent light beam which is split by a beam splitter into a first laser beam and a second laser beam. After passing through the crystal the first laser beam is counter-propagated back upon itself by a retro-mirror, creating a third laser beam. The laser beams are modulated, due to the mixing effect within the crystal by vibration of the crystal. In the third laser beam, modulation is stable and such modulation is converted by a photodetector into a usable electrical output, intensity modulated in accordance with vibration applied to the crystal. 3 figs.

  3. Non-linear optical crystal vibration sensing device

    DOEpatents

    Kalibjian, Ralph

    1994-01-11

    A non-linear optical crystal vibration sensing device (10) including a photorefractive crystal (26) and a laser (12). The laser (12 ) produces a coherent light beam (14) which is split by a beam splitter (18) into a first laser beam (20) and a second laser beam (22). After passing through the crystal (26) the first laser beam (20) is counter-propagated back upon itself by a retro-mirror (32), creating a third laser beam (30). The laser beams (20, 22, 30) are modulated, due to the mixing effect within the crystal (26) by vibration of the crystal (30). In the third laser beam (30), modulation is stable and such modulation is converted by a photodetector (34) into a usable electrical output, intensity modulated in accordance with vibration applied to the crystal (26).

  4. Second-Order Nonlinear Optical Imaging of Chiral Crystals

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    Kissick, David J.; Wanapun, Debbie; Simpson, Garth J.

    2012-01-01

    Second-order nonlinear optical imaging of chiral crystals (SONICC) is an emerging technique for crystal imaging and characterization. We provide a brief overview of the origin of second harmonic generation signals in SONICC and discuss recent studies using SONICC for biological applications. Given that they provide near-complete suppression of any background, SONICC images can be used to determine the presence or absence of protein crystals through both manual inspection and automated analysis. Because SONICC creates high-resolution images, nucleation and growth kinetics can also be observed. SONICC can detect metastable, homochiral crystalline forms of amino acids crystallizing from racemic solutions, which confirms Ostwald’s rule of stages for crystal growth. SONICC’s selectivity, based on order, and sensitivity, based on background suppression, make it a promising technique for numerous fields concerned with chiral crystal formation. PMID:21469954

  5. Anisotropic Transverse Stress in Calcite and Sapphire Measured Using Birefringence

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    Tear, Gareth R.; Chapman, David J.; Eakins, Daniel E.; Proud, William G.

    2015-06-01

    Many significant geological minerals have anisotropic crystal structures leading to material properties that are anisotropic, including compressive elastic behaviour. A non-invasive approach to investigate the directional dependence of transverse stress in these materials during shock compression would supplement current understanding. As many geological minerals are transparent and hence optically anisotropic, measuring the change in birefringence induced by transverse stress in the material offers the possibility of a fast, non-invasive approach to probe transverse behaviour. Shock compression experiments have been performed on a-cut calcite and a-cut sapphire for strain rates of order 105 s-1 and up to longitudinal stresses of 2 GPa for calcite and 12 GPa for sapphire. We present measured changes in birefringence for these materials under shock compression, comparing with current and past literature as well as an in house optical model. The authors would like to thank Mr Steve Johnson and Mr David Pittman for technical support. The Institute of Shock Physics acknowledges the continued support of AWE and Imperial College London.

  6. Surface mediated nonlinear optic effects in liquid crystals

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    Merlin, Jessica M.

    Liquid crystals have become a significant part of technology, mainly through their use in the display industry. This is due in part to the fact that the optical properties of liquid crystals are easily manipulated electronically. It has been recognized that the optical properties liquid crystals may also be controlled using light. Because of this, there are other various applications being explored for liquid crystals in photorefraction, optical limiting and switching, and in spatial light modulators. Although, the photorefractive effect was reported in liquid crystals over 10 years ago, there is still controversy over the exact mechanism for the reorientation of the liquid crystal director. This difficulty may be due in part to the fact that it is difficult to characterize the effect using photorefractive measurements and figures of merit. The optical and electronic control of liquid crystals will be studied here using a Friedericksz transition measurement in a twist cell geometry. This type of apparatus was chosen because it leads to a more direct demonstration of the surface effect. Namely, by studying changes in the Friedericksz transition threshold in a twist cell, a more direct observation of changes in the internal field may be observed. First a brief introduction to liquid crystals and their role in technology will be presented. This will be followed by a more rigorous discussion of the physics of liquid crystals and a review of the important literature. The experimental apparatus and the materials and cell geometry used will be described followed by the results of those measurements. Finally, the results will be considered in terms of a model involving interfacial charge and discussed in the context of previous work.

  7. BBO sapphire compound for high-power frequency conversion

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    Rothhardt, Carolin; Rothhardt, Jan; Klenke, Arno; Peschel, Thomas; Eberhardt, Ramona; Limpert, Jens; Tünnermann, Andreas

    2015-02-01

    Lasers used for diverse applications from industry to fundamental science tend to increasing output powers. Some applications require frequency conversion via nonlinear optical crystals, which suffer from the formation of temperature gradients at high power operation which causes thermal lensing or destruction of the crystal due to tensile stresses. To avoid these unwanted effects we joined a beta barium borate (BBO) crystal with sapphire disks serving as effective heat spreaders due to their high thermal conductivity (thermal conductivity κ = 42 W/Km). Therefore, smooth and flat crystal surfaces were joined by plasma-activated bonding. The joining relies on covalent bonds, which are formed via a condensation reaction of the surfaces which are first connected by Van der Waals forces. The cleaned surfaces are activated by plasma and brought into contact, pressed together and heat treated at a temperature of about 100°C. Special attention has been paid to the cleaning of the surfaces. Therefor the surfaces have been evaluated before and after treatment by means of atomic force microscopy. A stable connection has been formed successfully, which has been tested in a proof of principle experiment and demonstrated efficient second harmonic generation at up to 253 W of input power. Compared to a bare single BBO crystal it could be shown that the temperature within the crystal compound is significantly reduced. Such hybrid structures pave the way for frequency conversion at kilowatts of average power for future high power lasers.

  8. Crystal growth and characterization of new semiorganic nonlinear optical single crystals

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    Kulshrestha, Shobha; Shrivastava, A. K.

    2016-05-01

    An organic material of a L-histidine monohydrochloride single crystal was grown in a distilled water solution using the slow evaporation method at 40-45°C. The grown crystal was transparent and colourless, with a size of about 20 × 9 × 5 mm3, obtained within a period of 21 days. The solubility of grown crystals have found out at various temperatures. The UV-visible transmittance studies show that the grown crystals have wide optical transparency in the entire visible region It is observed that the crystal has transparency window from 255nm to 700nm and its energy gap (Eg) found to be is 3.1eV. The grown crystal was subjected to powder X-ray diffraction analysis, confirming that the orthorhombic crystalline nature of the crystal. To identify the surface morphology, the as grown crystal was subjected to FE-SEM technique. The chemical composition of the grown crystal was estimated by Energy dispersive X-ray analysis. The optical behaviour of the grown crystal was analyzed by PL study.

  9. Synthesis, crystal growth and characterization of nonlinear optical organic crystal: p-Toluidinium p-toluenesulphonate

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    Vijayakumar, P.; Anandha Babu, G.; Ramasamy, P.

    2012-04-15

    Graphical abstract: p-Toluidinium p-toluenesulphonate (p-TTS) an organic nonlinear optical crystal has been grown from the aqueous solution by slow evaporation solution growth technique. Single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that p-TTS crystallizes in monoclinic crystal system. p-TTS single crystal belongs to negative birefringence crystal. Second harmonic conversion efficiency of p-TTS has been found to be 1.3 times higher than that of KDP. Multiple shot surface laser damage threshold is determined to be 0.30 GW/cm{sup 2} at 1064 nm laser radiation. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer It deals with the synthesis, growth and characterization of p-TTS an organic NLO crystal. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Wide optical transparency window between 280 nm and 1100 nm. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Negative birefringence crystal and dispersion of birefringence is negligibly small. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Thermal study reveals that the grown crystal is stable up to 210 Degree-Sign C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Multiple shot surface laser damage threshold is 0.30 GW/cm{sup 2} at 1064 nm laser radiation. -- Abstract: p-Toluidinium p-toluenesulphonate (p-TTS) an organic nonlinear optical crystal has been grown from the aqueous solution by slow evaporation solution growth technique. Single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that p-TTS crystallizes in monoclinic crystal system. The structural perfection of the grown p-TTS single crystal has been analyzed by high-resolution X-ray diffraction rocking curve measurements. Fourier transform infrared spectral studies have been performed to identify the functional groups. The optical transmittance window and the lower cutoff wavelength of the grown crystals have been identified by UV-vis-IR studies. Birefringence of p-TTS crystal has been studied using channel spectrum measurement. The laser damage threshold value was measured using Nd:YAG laser. The second harmonic conversion efficiency of p-TTS has

  10. Engineering closed optical transitions in rare-earth ion crystals

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    Bartholomew, John G.; Ahlefeldt, Rose L.; Sellars, Matthew J.

    2016-01-01

    We propose a protocol to preserve the spin state of rare-earth ions when they are optically cycled. This technique uses large magnetic fields to increase the probability of an optically excited ion returning to its initial spin state. This Zeeman enhanced cyclicity is shown to be applicable to non-Kramers ions in various crystals irrespective of the site symmetry. The specific example of Pr3 +:Y2SiO5 is investigated to demonstrate that the protocol can create closed optical transitions even where the point group symmetry of the site is C1. In this example, the predicted cyclicity exceeds 104. This high level of cyclicity extends the usefulness of rare-earth ion crystals for applications in quantum and classical information processing. We explore the use of this technique to enable single-ion, spin-state optical readout and the creation of ensemble-based spectral features that are robust against optical cycling.