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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; ...

    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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    A. Wang; G. Pickrell; R. May

    2002-09-10

    In this research program, several optical instruments for high temperature measurement based on single crystal sapphire material are introduced and tested for real-time, reliable, long-term monitoring of temperatures for coal gasifier. These are sapphire fiber extrinsic Fabry-Perot interferometric (EFPI) sensor; intensity-measurement based polarimetric sapphire sensor and broadband polarimetric differential interferometric (BPDI) sapphire sensor. Based on current evaluation and analysis of the experimental results, the broadband polarimetric differential interferometric (BPDI) sensor system was chosen for further prototype instrumentation development. This approach is based on the self-calibrating measurement of optical path differences (OPD) in a single-crystal sapphire disk, which is a function of both the temperature dependent birefringence and the temperature dependent dimensional changes. The BPDI sensor system extracts absolute temperature information by absolute measurement of phase delays. By encoding temperature information in optical spectrum instead of optical intensity, this sensor guarantees its relative immunity to optical source power fluctuations and fiber losses, thus providing a high degree of long-term measurement stability which is highly desired in industrial applications. The entire prototype for BPDI system including the single crystal sapphire probe, zirconia prism, alumina extension tube, optical components and signal processing hardware and software have shown excellent performance in the laboratory experiments shown in this report.

  4. Modal reduction in single crystal sapphire optical fiber

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    Cheng, Yujie; Hill, Cary; Liu, Bo; ...

    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

  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. 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

  7. 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

  8. SINGLE-CRYSTAL SAPPHIRE OPTICAL FIBER SENSOR INSTRUMENTATION

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    A. Wang; G. Pickrell; R. May

    2002-10-18

    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. Optical Properties of Single-Crystal Sapphire Fibers

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    Merberg, Glenn N.

    1992-01-01

    The optical properties of edge-defined, film-fed growth (EFG) and laser heated pedestal growth (LHPG) sapphire fibers were characterized, and the utility of these fibers for medical and industrial applications assessed. While EFG fibers are not yet produced with good optical quality, they offer enormous potential for mass production of sapphire fibers. The LHPG process has been successfully employed to produce good optical quality sapphire. This dissertation focussed on the optical attenuation mechanisms which limit the transmission properties of both EFG and LHPG sapphire fibers. The EFG fibers obtained for this research were found to contain bubbles along the fiber axes. As a result of the bubble inclusions, the measured optical scattering coefficients of the fibers were quite high. At a wavelength of 2.94 mum, a typical 280 μm diameter EFG fiber had a total attenuation coefficient of 18 dB/m. The contribution of scattering to this loss was measured as 17 dB/m, and the absorptive component as measured by laser calorimetry was 1 dB/m. The wavelength dependence of the scattering in EFG fibers was found to be lambda^{-1.5}, which is consistent with a Mie scattering model for scattering of light by bubbles on the dimensional order of the wavelength. Some of the LHPG fibers grown at Rutgers had measured attenuation coefficients of less than 2 dB/m at 2.94 μm wavelength. The absorptive component of this loss was measured by laser calorimetry as 0.7 dB/m, while the scattering loss was 1 dB/m. Optical scattering in Rutgers LHPG fibers had a lambda^ {-4} wavelength dependence, although the scattering coefficients were considerably higher than predicted for intrinsic scattering. Although visible absorbing color -centers were discovered in Rutgers LHPG fibers, excessive optical scattering dominated the attenuation in this spectral region. Melt extruded Teflon-FEP claddings were applied to LHPG fibers. The claddings were very effective in reducing evanescent coupling of Er

  10. SINGLE-CRYSTAL SAPPHIRE OPTICAL FIBER SENSOR INSTRUMENTATION

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    A. Wang; G. Pickrell; R. May

    2001-10-31

    Testing results of a Broadband Polarized-Light Interferometric (BPLI) high temperature sensor is presented in this report. The state of polarization of the broadband incident light is modulated by the high birefringence of the sapphire disk used as the sensing element and becomes a wavelength-encoded signal, which is detected by an Optical Spectrum Analyzer (OSA) and then is processed by a computer, an internally developed algorithm is employed to directly calculate gap changes between two optical path between two orthogonal linear polarizations of light in a sapphire phase retarder, its phase retardation changes with temperature. The great advantages of this sensor are its simplicity and long-term stability in harsh environment. The system has been laboratory successfully tested up to 1600 C.

  11. 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.

  12. Ion beam modification of single crystal sapphire for high temperature optical waveguiding

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    Spratt, William T.

    High temperature environments (>1000°C) provide a significant challenge for fiber optic based sensing due to the poor physical properties of silica fiber at elevated temperature. Not only does silica soften above 1000°C, but the dopants that are responsible for the refractive index change between the core and cladding diffuse, reducing the fibers effectiveness as a waveguide. Single-crystal sapphire fiber has the potential to supplement fiber sensing at high temperature however sapphire fiber is unclad and no cladding methods exist that withstand high temperatures. In addition to higher losses the lack of a cladding also leads to decreased sensitivity due to the large number of modes. This thesis explores a cladding method for sapphire based on ion beam modification and annealing, which initial results indicate is suitable for high temperature applications. Ion beam modification of planar sapphire using hydrogen is conducted and analyzed using Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS), nuclear reaction analysis (NRA), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to determine the structural changes and prism coupling, spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE), and UV absorption to determine the optical effects. Sapphire fibers are modified through the use of a rotating implant holder and examined using end face coupling. Substantial change in refractive index does not occur until annealing above 600°C and persists to at least 1700°C. From the measurements of planar sapphire the root cause of the refractive index change at high temperature is determined and verified through finite element simulations. Modified sapphire fibers exhibit increased containment of light to the core region and a novel annular waveguide is fabricated with potential for sensing applications. This work adds to the understanding of the optical effects of ion beam modification and high temperature annealing of sapphire, and provides a foundation for future high temperature sensing applications of

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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

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    Cheng, Yujie; Hill, Cary; Liu, Bo; ...

    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.

  16. 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.

  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

    2003-04-01

    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.

  18. 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.

  19. Thermal debracketing of single crystal sapphire brackets.

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    Rueggeberg, F A; Lockwood, P E

    1992-01-01

    Because of their optical clarity, single crystal sapphire brackets provide an esthetic advantage over many other types of orthodontic brackets. However, debonding of these brackets has caused iatrogenic damage to enamel. Thermal debonding has been proposed for use in removing sapphire brackets without causing damage to teeth. This study determined the temperature required at the enamel/resin interface to thermally debond sapphire brackets from etched bovine enamel using 23 different commercially available orthodontic resins and one experimental product. The results indicate a wide range of debonding temperatures for the various resins. As a group, the powder-liquid materials had a statistically lower debonding temperature than the two-paste, the no-mix products, or the light-cured materials, for which the temperatures were all similar. This paper presents relative information a clinician can use in selecting an orthodontic bonding resin to minimize thermal damage to the teeth while debonding sapphire brackets.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  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; 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.

  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

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. A Century of Sapphire Crystal Growth

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2004-05-17

    process • 1904: Full publication: A. Verneuil, “Memoire sur la reproduction du rubis par fusion,” Annales de Chimie et de Physique Ser. 8, 3: 20-48...quality 54 Sapphire from Atlas Russian Research and Production Company Kyropoulos growth method, also called GOI in Russia 55 Verneuil Sapphire from... Atlas Russian Research and Production Company 56 Acknowledgements: • Kurt Nassau, Gems Made by Man Bell Labs • Fred Schmid and Chandra Khattak Crystal

  6. Secondary particle emission from sapphire single crystal

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    Minnebaev, K. F.; Khvostov, V. V.; Zykova, E. Yu.; Tolpin, K. A.; Colligon, J. S.; Yurasova, V. E.

    2015-07-01

    Secondary ion emission from sapphire single crystal has been studied experimentally and by means of computer simulation. The particular oscillations of secondary ion energy spectra and two specific maxima of O+ and Al+ ions were observed under irradiation of (0001) sapphire face by 1 and 10 keV Ar+ ions. We have explained this by the interplay of the charge exchange processes between moving particles and solids. The existence of two maxima in energy spectra of O+ and Al+ secondary ions can be also connected with special features of single-crystal sputtering: the low-energy peak can be formed by random sputtering and the high-energy peak from focusing collisions. In addition some similarity was found between the positions of low-energy maximum in energy spectra of Al+ ions emitted from sapphire and the principal maxima of Al+ ions ejected from the aluminum single crystal. This indicates a possibility to explain the presence of low-energy maximum in energy spectra of secondary ions ejecting from sapphire by emission of Al+ ions from aluminum islands appearing in a number of cases on the sapphire surface due to preferential sputtering of oxygen. These different mechanisms of creating the energy spectra of ions emitted from sapphire should be taken in account.

  7. Neurosurgery contact handheld probe based on sapphire shaped crystal

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    Shikunova, I. A.; Stryukov, D. O.; Rossolenko, S. N.; Kiselev, A. M.; Kurlov, V. N.

    2017-01-01

    A handheld contact probe based on sapphire shaped crystal is developed for intraoperative spectrally-resolved optical diagnostics, laser coagulation and aspiration of malignant brain tissue. The technology was integrated into the neurosurgical workflow for intraoperative real-time identification and removing of invasive brain cancer.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Investigating Multi-Dimensional Effects in Single-Crystal Sapphire

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    Reinhart, W. D.; Chhabildas, L. C.; Trott, W. M.; Dandekar, D. P.

    2002-07-01

    Most studies in the past have focused on obtaining uni-axial strain states in shocked materials. In this study, however, results of symmetric impact gas gun experiments on single-crystal C-cut sapphire are described to observe edge relief waves as they propagate toward the center of the sapphire target shocked to high pressures. This is made possible by the recent development of a LINE ORVIS, which measures both spatial and time-resolved particle-velocity variations in materials. A series of experiments have been conducted over the impact velocity from approx0.25 to 0.8 km/s, and in the elastic regime (except the 0.8km/s experiment). In these experiments, a new line imaging optically recording velocity interferometer system is used over a line segment of 13mm. Edge relief waves are unmistakably visible with local variations following the edge relief wave. Heterogeneous effects following dynamic yielding is also observed.

  12. 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.

  13. Evaluation of the Quality of Sapphire Using X-Ray Rocking Curves and Double-Crystal X-Ray Topography

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    1994-05-01

    hard, high-strength, chemically resistant optical windows; and sub- srates for the growth of epitaxial films. The quality of a sapphire crystal can... crystal diffractometer. Single- crystal sapphire may be grown by a variety of different methods, of which the more common are Verneuil (flame fusion...Linear features (L), which may represent slight variations in lattice parameter along the crystal growth front, or dislocation networks, ad small

  14. Removal of Lattice Imperfections that Impact the Optical Quality of Ti:Sapphire using Advanced Magnetorheological Finishing Techniques

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    Menapace, J A; Schaffers, K I; Bayramian, A J; Davis, P J; Ebbers, C A; Wolfe, J E; Caird, J A; Barty, C J

    2008-02-26

    Advanced magnetorheological finishing (MRF) techniques have been applied to Ti:sapphire crystals to compensate for sub-millimeter lattice distortions that occur during the crystal growing process. Precise optical corrections are made by imprinting topographical structure onto the crystal surfaces to cancel out the effects of the lattice distortion in the transmitted wavefront. This novel technique significantly improves the optical quality for crystals of this type and sets the stage for increasing the availability of high-quality large-aperture sapphire and Ti:sapphire optics in critical applications.

  15. Supersmooth and modified surface of sapphire crystals: Formation, characterization, and applications in nanotechnologies

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    Muslimov, A. E.; Asadchikov, V. E.; Butashin, A. V.; Vlasov, V. P.; Deryabin, A. N.; Roshchin, B. S.; Sulyanov, S. N.; Kanevsky, V. M.

    2016-09-01

    The results of studying the state of the surface of sapphire crystals by a complex of methods in different stages of crystal treatment are considered by an example of preparing sapphire substrates with a supersmooth surface. The possibility of purposefully forming regular micro- and nanoreliefs and thin transition layers using thermal and thermochemical impacts are considered. The advantages of sapphire substrates with a modified surface for forming heteroepitaxial CdTe and ZnO semiconductor films and ordered ensembles of gold nanoparticles are described. The results of the experiments on the application of crystalline sapphire as a material for X-ray optical elements are reported. These elements include total external reflection mirrors and substrates for multilayer mirrors, output windows for synchrotron radiation, and monochromators working in the reflection geometry in X-ray spectrometers. In the latter case, the problems of the defect structure of bulk crystals sapphire and the choice of a method for growing sapphire crystals of the highest structural quality are considered.

  16. Blocks and residual stresses in shaped sapphire single crystals

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    Krymov, V. M.; Nosov, Yu. G.; Bakholdin, S. I.; Maslov, V. N.; Shul‧pina, I. L.; Nikolaev, V. I.

    2017-01-01

    The formation of blocks and residual stresses in shaped sapphire crystals grown from the melt by the Stepanov method (EFG) has been studied. The probability of block formation is higher for the growth along the c axis compared to that grown in the a-axis direction. The distribution of residual stress in sapphire crystals of tubular, rectangular and round cross section was measured by the conoscopy method. It was found that the magnitude of the residual stress increases from the center to the periphery of the crystal and reaches up to about 20 MPa. Residual stress tensor components for solid round rod and tubular single crystals were determined by numerical integration.

  17. 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.

  18. 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%.

  19. 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

  20. Nanostructured sapphire optical fiber for sensing in harsh environments

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    Chen, Hui; Liu, Kai; Ma, Yiwei; Tian, Fei; Du, Henry

    2017-05-01

    We describe an innovative and scalable strategy of transforming a commercial unclad sapphire optical fiber to an allalumina nanostructured sapphire optical fiber (NSOF) that overcomes decades-long challenges faced in the field of sapphire fiber optics. The strategy entails fiber coating with metal Al followed by subsequent anodization to form anodized alumina oxide (AAO) cladding of highly organized pore channel structure. We show that Ag nanoparticles entrapped in AAO show excellent structural and morphological stability and less susceptibility to oxidation for potential high-temperature surface-enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS). We reveal, with aid of numerical simulations, that the AAO cladding greatly increases the evanescent-field overlap both in power and extent and that lower porosity of AAO results in higher evanescent-field overlap. This work has opened the door to new sapphire fiber-based sensor design and sensor architecture.

  1. Synthesis and characterization of large optical grade sapphire windows produced from a horizontal growth process

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    Levine, Jonathan B.; Burks, Timothy; Ciraldo, John; Montgomery, Matthew; Novoselov, Andrey; Podlozhenov, Sergey

    2013-06-01

    As sensor technology and applications have advanced over the years, the size of sensor windows has grown substantially to satisfy current and future demands. Rubicon Technology, with their strong history in scaling sapphire crystal growth and large scale production processes, has successfully produced large sapphire blanks using a highly modified horizontal directional solidification process. Several prototypes have been synthesized up to 1.75 inches thick, 14 inches wide and 20 inches long. Crystal properties and optical characteristics such as transmission and refractive index homogeneity will be presented on several polished bubble-free windows with excellent results. This research sets the standard for high quality monolithic sapphire sheets large enough for use as seamless integrated optical windows in both military and civilian applications.

  2. 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.

  3. Broadband IR supercontinuum generation using single crystal sapphire fibers.

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    Kim, Jae Hun; Chen, Meng-Ku; Yang, Chia-En; Lee, Jon; Yin, Stuart Shizhuo; Ruffin, Paul; Edwards, Eugene; Brantley, Christina; Luo, Claire

    2008-03-17

    In this paper, an investigation on broadband IR supercontinuum generation in single crystal sapphire fibers is presented. It is experimentally demonstrated that broadband IR supercontinuum spectrum (up to 3.2microm) can be achieved by launching ultra-short femtosecond laser pulses into single crystal sapphire fiber with a dimension 115microm in diameter and 5cm in length, which covers both the near IR spectral region and the lower end of the mid-IR spectral range. Furthermore, the mechanism of supercontinuum generation in single crystal sapphire fibers is briefly addressed. When the fiber length is shorter than the dispersion length, the self-phase modulation dominates the broadening effect. In this case, the broad supercontinuum spectrum with a smooth profile can be obtained. However, when the fiber length is longer than the dispersion length, the soliton-related dynamics accompanied by the self-phase modulation dominates the broadening effect. There are discrete spikes in the spectrum (corresponding to different order solitons). The above assumption of supercontinuum generation mechanism is quantitatively modeled by the computer simulation program and verified by the experimental results. Thus, one can adjust the spectral profile by properly choosing the length of the sapphire fibers. The broad IR spectral nature of this supercontinuum source can be very useful in a variety of applications such as broadband LADAR, remote sensing, and multi-spectrum free space communications.

  4. Interface effect on titanium distribution during Ti-doped sapphire crystals grown by the Kyropoulos method

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    Stelian, Carmen; Alombert-Goget, Guillaume; Sen, Gourav; Barthalay, Nicolas; Lebbou, Kheirreddine; Duffar, Thierry

    2017-07-01

    Large ingot Ti-doped sapphire crystals were successfully grown by Kyropoulos method. Optical characterization of 10 cm diameter crystals shows non-uniform radial distribution of titanium. The measurements of Ti3+ ion distribution in several slices cut perpendicular to the growth direction show that the concentration is higher at the periphery of the crystal as compared to the central part of the ingot. Numerical modeling is applied to investigate heat transfer, melt convection and species transport during the Kyropoulos growth process. The transient simulation shows an unsteady convection generated by the strong interaction between the flow and the thermal field. The distribution of Ti in the melt is nearly uniform due to the intense convective mixing. The radial distribution of titanium depends mainly on the shape of the crystal-melt interface. The measured U-shaped concentration profile is explained by accounting the conical shape of the interface. High curvatures of the growth interface observed in experiments are explained by the increased thermal conductivity of the sapphire crystal, which is participating to the radiative heat transfer. The interface curvature depends on the absorption coefficient, which is higher for Ti-doped sapphire crystals than for undoped crystals. Therefore, the initial Ti concentration in the melt should be decreased in order to reduce the absorption coefficient and the interface curvature. The comparison of numerically computed titanium distribution in the crystals to experimental measurements shows a good agreement.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. Growth of Sapphire Single Crystals Transparent Armor by a Modified Verneuil Technique.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    modified Verneuil technique for transparent armor applications. Seeded single crystals of sapphire were grown with widths in excess of 2 1/2 inches, lengths...single crystals by the ’strip’ Verneuil technique is feasible. An engineering cost analysis indicated that 8 inch by 1/4 inch sapphire windows could

  9. Investigating Effects of Edge Release in Single-Crystal Sapphire

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    Reinhart, W. D.; Chhabildas, L. C.; Trott, W. M.; Dandekar, D. P.

    2001-06-01

    Most studies in the past have focussed on obtaining uni-axial strain states in shocked materials. In this study, however, we describe the results of symmetric impact gas gun experiments on single crystal sapphire to observe edge relief waves as they propagate toward the center of the sapphire target shocked to high pressures. This is made possible by the recent development of a LINE ORVIS, which measures both spatial and time-resolved particle-velocity variations in materials. A series of experiments have been conducted over the impact velocity from 0.25 to 0.6 km/s, and in the elastic regime. In these experiments, a new line-imaging ORVIS is used over a line segment of 13mm. Edge relief waves are unmistakably visible with local variations following the edge relief wave. Results of these experiments will be discussed in detail. * This work was supported by the U.S. DOE under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000. Sandia is a multi-program laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation a Lockheed Martin Company, for the U.S. DOE.

  10. Optical Crystals

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    Bergsten, Ronald

    1974-01-01

    Discusses the production and structure of a sequence of optical crystals which can serve as one-, two-, and three-dimensional diffraction plates to illustrate diffraction patterns by using light rather than x-rays or particles. Applications to qualitative presentations of Laue theory at the secondary and college levels are recommended. (CC)

  11. Optical Crystals

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    Bergsten, Ronald

    1974-01-01

    Discusses the production and structure of a sequence of optical crystals which can serve as one-, two-, and three-dimensional diffraction plates to illustrate diffraction patterns by using light rather than x-rays or particles. Applications to qualitative presentations of Laue theory at the secondary and college levels are recommended. (CC)

  12. 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.

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

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    Asadchikov, Victor E.; Butashin, Andrey V.; Buzmakov, Alexey V.; ...

    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

  14. 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; Alexeev, Pavel; Cecilia, Angelica; Baumbach, Tilo; Bessas, Dimitrios; Danilewsky, Andreas N.; Sergueev, Ilya; Wille, Hans -Christian; Hermann, Raphael P.

    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 density is observed, though growth rate is not the only parameter impacting the quality.

  15. Characterization of the Performance of Sapphire Optical Fiber in Intense Radiation Fields, when Subjected to Very High Temperatures

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    Petrie, Christian M.

    The U.S. Department of Energy is interested in extending optically-based instrumentation from non-extreme environments to extremely high temperature radiation environments for the purposes of developing in-pile instrumentation. The development of in-pile instrumentation would help support the ultimate goal of understanding the behavior and predicting the performance of nuclear fuel systems at a microstructural level. Single crystal sapphire optical fibers are a promising candidate for in-pile instrumentation due to the high melting temperature and radiation hardness of sapphire. In order to extend sapphire fiber-based optical instrumentation to high temperature radiation environments, the ability of sapphire fibers to adequately transmit light in such an environment must first be demonstrated. Broadband optical transmission measurements of sapphire optical fibers were made in-situ as the sapphire fibers were heated and/or irradiated. The damage processes in sapphire fibers were also modeled from the primary knock-on event from energetic neutrons to the resulting damage cascade in order to predict the formation of stable defects that ultimately determine the resulting change in optical properties. Sapphire optical fibers were shown to withstand temperatures as high as 1300 °C with minimal increases in optical attenuation. A broad absorption band was observed to grow over time without reaching a dynamic equilibrium when the sapphire fiber was heated at temperatures of 1400 °C and above. The growth of this absorption band limits the use of sapphire optical fibers, at least in air, to temperatures of 1300 °C and below. Irradiation of sapphire fibers with gamma rays caused saturation of a defect center located below 500 nm, and extending as far as ~1000 nm, with little effect on the transmission at 1300 and 1550 nm. Increasing temperature during gamma irradiation generally reduced the added attenuation. Reactor irradiation of sapphire fibers caused an initial rapid

  16. Hydrogen effect on the properties of sapphire

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    Mogilevsky, Radion N.; Sharafutdinova, Liudmila G.; Nedilko, Sergiy; Gavrilov, Valeriy; Verbilo, Dmitriy; Mittl, Scott D.

    2009-05-01

    Sapphire is a widely used material for optical, electronic and semiconductor applications due to its excellent optical properties and very high durability. Optical and mechanical properties of sapphire depend on many factors such as the starting materials that are used to grow crystals, methods to grow sapphire crystals, etc. Demand for highest purity and quality of sapphire crystals increased ten fold for the last several years due to new applications for this material. In this work we studied the effect of starting materials and crystal growth methods on the optical and mechanical properties of sapphire, especially concentrating on the effect of hydrogen on the properties of sapphire. It was found that the infrared (IR) absorption which is traditionally used to measure the hydrogen content in sapphire crystals cannot be reliably used and the data obtained by this method provides a much lower hydrogen concentration than actual. We have shown for the first time that Nuclear Magnetic Resonance techniques can be successfully used to determine hydrogen concentration in sapphire crystals. We have shown that hydrogen concentration in sapphire can reach thousands of ppm if these crystals are grown from Verneuil starting material or aluminum oxide powder. Alternatively, the hydrogen concentration is very low if sapphire crystals are grown from High Purity Densified Alumina (HPDA®) as a starting material. HPDA® is produced by EMT, Inc through their proprietary patented technology. It was found that optical and mechanical properties of sapphire crystals grown using EMT HPDA® starting material are much better than those sapphire crystals grown using a starting material of Verneuil crystals or aluminum oxide powder.

  17. Sapphire: Relation between luminescence of starting materials and luminescence of single crystals

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    Mogilevsky, R.; Nedilko, S.; Sharafutdinova, L.; Burlay, S.; Sherbatskii, V.; Boyko, V.; Mittl, S.

    2009-10-01

    A relation between photoluminescence (PL) characteristics of different starting materials used for crystal growth and un-doped sapphire single crystals manufactured using various methods of crystal growth (Kyropolus, HEM, Czochralski, and EFG) was found. The crystals grown using the Verneuil starting material exhibited significant PL when any method of crystal growth was used. On the contrary, sapphire samples grown by the same technologies wherein the starting material was EMT HPDA R revealed very low PL. (HPDA R is produced by EMT, Inc., with proprietary and patented technology.)

  18. Rocking curve imaging of high quality sapphire crystals in backscattering geometry

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    Jafari, A.; European Synchrotron Radiation Facility; Univ. of Liege,; ...

    2017-01-23

    Here, we report on the characterization of high quality sapphire single crystals suitable for high-resolution X-ray optics at high energy. Investigations using rocking curve imaging reveal the crystals to be of uniformly good quality at the level of ~10-4 in lattice parameter variations, deltad/d. But, investigations using backscattering rocking curve imaging with lattice spacing resolution of deltad/d ~ 5.10-8 shows very diverse quality maps for all crystals. Our results highlight nearly ideal areas with edge length of 0.2-0.5 mm in most crystals, but a comparison of the back re ection peak positions shows that even neighboring ideal areas exhibit amore » relative difference in the lattice parameters on the order of deltad/d = 10-20.10-8; this is several times larger than the rocking curve width. Furthermore, the stress-strain analysis suggests that an extremely stringent limit on the strain at a level of ~100 kPa in the growth process is required in order to produce crystals with large areas of the quality required for X-ray optics at high energy.« less

  19. Rocking curve imaging of high quality sapphire crystals in backscattering geometry

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    Jafari, A.; Sergueev, I.; Bessas, D.; Klobes, B.; Roschin, B. S.; Asadchikov, V. E.; Alexeev, P.; Härtwig, J.; Chumakov, A. I.; Wille, H.-C.; Hermann, R. P.

    2017-01-01

    We report on the characterization of high quality sapphire single crystals suitable for high-resolution X-ray optics at high energy. Investigations using rocking curve imaging reveal the crystals to be of uniformly good quality at the level of ˜10-4 in lattice parameter variations, δd /d . However, investigations using backscattering rocking curve imaging with a lattice spacing resolution of δd /d ˜5 ×10-8 show very diverse quality maps for all crystals. Our results highlight nearly ideal areas with an edge length of 0.2-0.5 mm in most crystals, but a comparison of the back reflection peak positions shows that even neighboring ideal areas exhibit a relative difference in the lattice parameters on the order of δd /d =10 - 20 ×10-8 ; this is several times larger than the rocking curve width. Stress-strain analysis suggests that an extremely stringent limit on the strain at a level of ˜100 kPa in the growth process is required in order to produce crystals with large areas of the quality required for X-ray optics at high energy.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Temperature and thermal stress evolutions in sapphire crystal during the cooling process by heat exchanger method

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    Ma, Wencheng; Zhao, Wenhan; Wu, Ming; Ding, Guoqiang; Liu, Lijun

    2017-09-01

    Transient numerical calculations were carried out to predict the evolutions of temperature and thermal stress in sapphire single crystal during the cooling process by heat exchanger method (HEM). Internal radiation in the semitransparent sapphire crystal was taken into account using the finite volume method (FVM) in the global heat transfer model. The numerical results seem to indicate that the narrow bottom region of the sapphire crystal is subjected to high thermal stress during the cooling process, which could be responsible for the seed cracking of the as-grown crystal, while the thermal stress is relatively small in the central main body of the crystal, and is less than 10 MPa during the whole cooling process. The fast decrease of the thermal stress in the bottom region of the crystal during the initial stage of cooling process is dominated by the reduction of the cooling helium gas in the heat exchanger shaft, and is not significantly affected by the heating power reduction rate.

  3. 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.

  4. Removal of Lattice Imperfections that Impact the Optical Quality of Ti:Sapphire using Advanced Magnetorheological Finishing Techniques

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    Menapace, J A; Schaffers, K I; Bayramian, A J; Davis, P J; Ebbers, C A; Wolfe, J E; Caird, J A; Barty, C J; Joyce, D B; Schmid, K; Schmid, F

    2007-10-09

    Ti:sapphire has become the premier lasing medium material for use in solid-state femtosecond high-peak power laser systems because of its wide wavelength tuning range. With a tuneable range from 680 to 1100 nm, peaking at 800 nm, Ti:sapphire lasing crystals can easily be tuned to the required pump wavelength and provide very high pump brightness due to their good beam quality and high output power of typically several watts. Femtosecond lasers are used for precision cutting and machining of materials ranging from steel to tooth enamel to delicate heart tissue and high explosives. These ultra-short pulses are too brief to transfer heat or shock to the material being cut, which means that cutting, drilling, and machining occur with virtually no damage to surrounding material. Furthermore, these lasers can cut with high precision, making hairline cuts of less than 100 microns in thick materials along a computer-generated path. Extension of laser output to higher energies is limited by the size of the amplification medium. Yields of high quality large diameter crystals have been constrained by lattice distortions that may appear in the boule limiting the usable area from which high quality optics can be harvested. Lattice distortions affect the transmitted wavefront of these optics which ultimately limits the high-end power output and efficiency of the laser system, particularly when operated in multi-pass mode. To make matters even more complicated, Ti:sapphire is extremely hard (Mohs hardness of 9 with diamond being 10) which makes it extremely difficult to accurately polish using conventional methods without subsurface damage or significant wavefront error. In this presentation, we demonstrate for the first time that Magnetorheological finishing (MRF) can be used to compensate for the lattice distortions in Ti:sapphire by perturbing the transmitted wavefront. The advanced MRF techniques developed allow for precise polishing of the optical inverse of lattice

  5. Morphology and formation mechanism of metallic inclusions in VB-grown sapphire crystals

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    Taishi, T.; Kobayashi, T.; Shinozuka, M.; Ohba, E.; Miyagawa, C.; Hoshikawa, K.

    2014-09-01

    Morphologies of metallic inclusions observed in sapphire crystals grown by the vertical Bridgman (VB) technique using a tungsten (W) crucible were investigated. Square- or hexagonal-shaped inclusions 2-5 μm in size were observed in sapphire crystals around the interface between the seed and the grown crystal. It was found that such inclusions consisted of W metal used for the crucible. The morphology of some of the inclusions reflects a rhombic dodecahedron which is based on the cubic structure of W and is surrounded by {110} faces. It is probable that inclusions form in the sapphire melt during the crystal growth process, and then sink in the melt to the growth interface due to the high density of W.

  6. Photoelastic lensing effect in Ti:sapphire crystal pumped by high-energy pulses.

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    Zheng, Wei; Lüpke, Gunter

    2012-04-20

    We have built a setup with high temporal resolution to measure the very fast photoelastic lensing effect, which is on the scale of microseconds in a Ti:sapphire crystal pumped by very strong laser pulses (up to 5 J/cm2). The experimental results measured by this method and the real multimode beam profile taken by a CCD camera are applied to a three-dimensional crystal model to calculate one of the photoelastic constants of Ti:sapphire crystal, which is found to be p31=-0.03±0.01. This value is helpful to evaluate the photoelastic lensing effect in Ti:sapphire crystal for a laser beam polarized along the c axis, commonly used for laser amplification.

  7. 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.

  8. Effects of neutron irradiation and subsequent annealing on the optical characteristics of sapphire

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    Zhang, M. F.; Zhang, H. L.; Han, J. C.; Guo, H. X.; Xu, C. H.; Ying, G. B.; Shen, H. T.; Song, N. N.

    2011-02-01

    In this paper, the effect of neutron irradiation on sapphire single crystal with fast neutron of 1.0×10 18 and 1.0×10 19 neutrons/cm 2 has been investigated along with the effect of annealing temperature. It is found that the colorless transparent sapphire single crystals were turned yellow after 10 MeV fast neutron irradiation at room temperature. There are peaks at 206, 230, 258, 305, 358 and 452 nm after neutron irradiation. And the intensity of optical absorption bands decrease with wavelength and annealing temperature. A new absorption peak at 452 nm was found after isothermal annealing at 400 °C for 10 min, which was ascribed to F 2+ color center. Because of the recombination of interstitial ions and vacancies, color centers were almost removed after annealing at 1000 °C. The TL peaks were found to shift to higher temperature after neutron irradiation. And a higher fluence of the neutron irradiation would result in deep traps revealed as the new TL peaks at 176 and 227 °C.

  9. Crystal front shape control by use of an additional heater in a Czochralski sapphire single crystal growth system

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    Hur, Min-Jae; Han, Xue-Feng; Choi, Ho-Gil; Yi, Kyung-Woo

    2017-09-01

    The quality of sapphire single crystals used as substrates for LED production is largely influenced by two defects: dislocation density and bubbles trapped in the crystal. In particular, the dislocation density has a higher value in sapphire grown by the Czochralski (CZ) method than by other methods. In the present study, we predict a decreased value for the convexity and thermal gradient at the crystal front (CF) through the use of an additional heater in an induction-heated CZ system. In addition, we develop a solute concentration model by which the location of bubble formation in CZ growth is calculated, and the results are compared with experimental results. We further calculate the location of bubble entrapment corresponding with the use of an additional heater. We find that sapphire crystal growth with an additional heater yields a decreased thermal gradient at the CF, together with decreased CF convexity, improved energy efficiency, and improvements in terms of bubble formation location.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Control of melt-crystal interface shape during sapphire crystal growth by heat exchanger method

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    Wu, Ming; Liu, Lijun; Ma, Wencheng

    2017-09-01

    We numerically investigate the melt-crystal interface shape during the early stage of the solidification process when the crystal diameter increases. The contact angle between the melt-crystal interface and the crucible bottom wall is found obtuse during this stage, which is unfavorable for the crystal quality. We found that the obtuse contact angle is caused by the thermal resistance difference between the sapphire crystal and melt as well as the insufficient cooling effect of the crucible bottom. Two approaches are proposed to suppress the obtuse contact angle. The first approach is to increase the emissivity of the outer surface of crucible bottom. The second approach is to install a heat shield near the crucible bottom. The reduction of the emissivity of the heat shield is also favorable for the suppression of the obtuse contact angle. Compared with the increase of the emissivity of the crucible bottom, the installation of a heat shield is a more effective approach to prevent the appearance of an obtuse contact angle for the sake of reliability since a molybdenum heat shield can be reused and will not induce other impurities.

  13. Fabrication of three-dimensional autocloned photonic crystal on sapphire substrate.

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    Ku, Hao Ming; Huang, Chen Yang; Chao, Shiuh

    2011-03-20

    We applied the laser interference lithography method to form a patterned sapphire substrate (PSS). A three-dimensional photonic crystal was formed by autocloning the PSS with alternate Ta2O5/SiO2 coatings. A high total integrated reflectance (TIR) band was obtained around the 410 to 470 nm wavelength range that matched the emission spectrum of the gallium nitride (GaN) light-emitting diode (LED) for application in manipulating the light extraction of the sapphire-based GaN LED.

  14. 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.

  15. Low temperature rhombohedral single crystal SiGe epitaxy on c-plane sapphire

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    Duzik, Adam J.; Choi, Sang H.

    2016-04-01

    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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Modelling of Verneuil process for the sapphire crystal growth

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    Barvinschi, Floricica; Santailler, Jean-Louis; Duffar, Thierry; Le Gal, Hervé

    1999-03-01

    The finite element software FIDAP was used to simulate the Verneuil crystal growth process. The turbulent combustion between hydrogen and oxygen, giving water, the hydrodynamics of the gas phase, the inlet and outlet chemical species flow resulting from the combustion and the heat transfer in the furnace (including internal wall-to-wall radiation) are taken into account. A problem with 10 degrees of freedom per node is generated, solved and the results of the axisymmetric model have shown that the coupling of all these phenomena can be achieved in one numerical model. The effects of transparency of the crystal is discussed. A qualitative agreement between some experimental observations and the model is found, so that modelling may be a good tool for studying the Verneuil process. Nevertheless, some improvements of the model in conjunction with other experimental validations appear necessary.

  2. Nonlinear Phase Distortion in a Ti:Sapphire Optical Amplifier for Optical Stochastic Cooling

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    Andorf, Matthew; Lebedev, Valeri; Piot, Philippe; Ruan, Jinhao

    2016-06-01

    Optical Stochastic Cooling (OSC) has been considered for future high-luminosity colliders as it offers much faster cooling time in comparison to the micro-wave stochastic cooling. The OSC technique relies on collecting and amplifying a broadband optical signal from a pickup undulator and feeding the amplified signal back to the beam. It creates a corrective kick in a kicker undulator. Owing to its superb gain qualities and broadband amplification features, Titanium:Sapphire medium has been considered as a gain medium for the optical amplifier (OA) needed in the OSC*. A limiting factor for any OA used in OSC is the possibility of nonlinear phase distortions. In this paper we experimentally measure phase distortions by inserting a single-pass OA into one leg of a Mach-Zehnder interferometer. The measurement results are used to estimate the reduction of the corrective kick a particle would receive due to these phase distortions in the kicker undulator.

  3. Pulsed Laser Deposition of VO2 Single Crystal Thin Films on Sapphire Substrates

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    Zhu, Pei-ran; S, Yamamoto; A, Miyashita; H, Naramoto

    1998-12-01

    Thin films of VO2 single-crystalline on (0001) sapphire substrates have been prepared by visible pulsed laser ablation technique. The crystal quality and properties of the films are evaluated through electrical resistance measurement, x-ray diffraction (XRD), and Rutherford-backscattering spectroscopy/channeling (RBS/C) analysis. The dependence of the surface electrical resistance of the films on the temperature shows semiconductor-to-metal transitions with the resistance change of 7 × 103-2 × 104. The hysteresis widths are from less than 1 to 3 K. XRD and RBS/C data reveal that the films prepared in particular conditions are single-crystalline VO2 with the (010) planes parallel to the surface of the sapphire substrate.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Growth problems of sapphire and ruby of optical quality.

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    Reiss, F A

    1966-12-01

    A careful analysis of the basic mechanisms of the Verneuil process led to a methodical study of the many parameters associated with it. Among these, the feed rate, retraction rate, and flame characteristics were found to be most important. A photoelectric cell as the sensor for a servo system with two outputs was used to sense the plane of crystallization and control its position. A completely automated Verneuil apparatus, incorporating this and other control systems, suitable for the study of growth under well-defined, rigidly controlled, and dependably reproducible conditions was designed and constructed.

  10. Comparison between numerical modeling and experimental measurements of the interface shape in Kyropoulos growth of Ti-doped sapphire crystals

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    Stelian, C.; Sen, G.; Barthalay, N.; Duffar, T.

    2016-11-01

    Numerical modeling is applied to investigate the factors affecting the shape of the crystal-melt interface during the growth of Ti-doped sapphire crystals by using the Kyropoulos method. Numerical results are compared to experimental visualization of the growth interface in the case of ingots grown in crucibles of 15 cm in diameter. The transient computations of the heat transfer and melt convection show that the interface curvature depends on the internal radiative effect in the sapphire crystal. The effective thermal conductivity increases significantly in the case of Ti-doped crystals, leading to conical shapes of the interface with large curvatures. The growth interface is less curved in the case of non-doped sapphire crystals which have a smaller absorption coefficient. The convection driven by buoyancy and Marangoni effects has also a strong effect on the interface shape. The intensity of the Marangoni flow increases significantly during the shouldering stage of the growth, leading to a more curved interface with a convex-concave shape. The comparison between numerically computed interface deflection and the experimental results shows a good agreement. According to present numerical analysis, the formation of a plateau and the temporal concave shape of the crystal are related to unfavorable thermal conditions at the beginning of the growth process.

  11. 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.

  12. UV laser with an acousto-optic intra-cavity control for GaN-sapphire cut

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    Gradoboev, Yury G.; Kazaryan, Mishik A.; Mokrushin, Yury M.; Shakin, Oleg V.

    2012-09-01

    A copper vapor laser is proposed as the basic component of the installation for processing of sapphire substrates with a GaN-coating. Laser radiation is transformed to UV range by optical frequency doubling. Powerful UV lasers are prospective tools for crystal cutting, photolithography and recording of the fiber Bragg gratings. The proposed approach is more promising in comparison with the use of excimer radiation because of instabilities of excimer laser generation and low coherence of its radiation, which makes difficult precise focusing and using interference pattern of UV radiation for exposing materials. UV laser based on second harmonic radiation of copper vapors laser has been designed. The UV laser system of high operation stability has been developed with output power 1 W at wavelengths 255.5 nm, 271.1 nm, 289.1 nm and coherence length radiation about 4 cm. The original intra-cavity acousto-optic control of output radiation is developed. It is allows adjusting frequency and on-off time ratio of output laser pulses with high accuracy. The stable heat regime was achieved for an active element of copper vapor laser̤ The laser system allows to select an optimum mode of ultra-violet radiation exposition for production of different optical elements. Intra-cavity acousto-optic cell was used for controlling of single pulse amplitude and number of pulses without any power supply tuning providing the stable operation of the laser system.

  13. Crystal Structure and Ferroelectric Properties of ε-Ga2O3 Films Grown on (0001)-Sapphire.

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    Mezzadri, Francesco; Calestani, Gianluca; Boschi, Francesco; Delmonte, Davide; Bosi, Matteo; Fornari, Roberto

    2016-11-21

    The crystal structure and ferroelectric properties of ε-Ga2O3 deposited by low-temperature MOCVD on (0001)-sapphire were investigated by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and the dynamic hysteresis measurement technique. A thorough investigation of this relatively unknown polymorph of Ga2O3 showed that it is composed of layers of both octahedrally and tetrahedrally coordinated Ga(3+) sites, which appear to be occupied with a 66% probability. The refinement of the crystal structure in the noncentrosymmetric space group P63mc pointed out the presence of uncompensated electrical dipoles suggesting ferroelectric properties, which were finally demonstrated by independent measurements of the ferroelectric hysteresis. A clear epitaxial relation is observed with respect to the c-oriented sapphire substrate, with the Ga2O3 [10-10] direction being parallel to the Al2O3 direction [11-20], yielding a lattice mismatch of about 4.1%.

  14. Numerical investigation of factors affecting the shape of the crystal-melt interface in edge-defined film-fed growth of sapphire crystals

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    Stelian, C.; Barthalay, N.; Duffar, T.

    2017-07-01

    Numerical modeling is used to investigate the shape of the crystal-melt interface in edge-defined film-fed growth (EFG) of large size sapphire rods and sheets. The present analysis shows that the temperature distribution in the meniscus is significantly affected by the internal radiative exchanges in the sapphire crystal. 2D axisymmetric computations performed in the case of sapphire rods, show a concave shape of the interface for opaque crystals, and a convex shaped interface for semi-transparent crystals. The temperature gradient across the meniscus increases significantly in the case which accounts for the internal radiative effect in the crystal. Large temperature differences along the free surface of the meniscus generate intense Marangoni flow, which can influence the shape of the growth interface. In this case, the meniscus height increases, producing instabilities in the growth process. The effect of die geometry on the interface shape is analyzed by increasing the angle between the working edges of the die. Computations shows that the interface curvature decreases as this angle increases, but the solidification isotherm moves up, leading to an increased meniscus height. 3D modeling is applied to investigate the EFG growth of large size sapphire sheets. Numerical results show a non-uniform temperature distribution in the meniscus, and a complex 3D flow pattern. However, the intensity of the flow is low in this case, having no influence on the temperature field and interface shape.

  15. Structural properties, crystal quality and growth modes of MOCVD-grown AlN with TMAl pretreatment of sapphire substrate

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    Sun, Haiding; Wu, Feng; tahtamouni, T. M. Al; Alfaraj, Nasir; Li, Kuang-Hui; Detchprohm, Theeradetch; Dupuis, Russell D.; Li, Xiaohang

    2017-10-01

    The growth of high quality AlN epitaxial films relies on precise control of the initial growth stages. In this work, we examined the influence of the trimethylaluminum (TMAl) pretreatment of sapphire substrates on the structural properties, crystal quality and growth modes of heteroepitaxial AlN films on (0 0 0 1) sapphire substrates. Without the pretreatment, the AlN films nucleated on the smooth surface but exhibited mixed crystallographic Al- (N-) polarity, resulting in rough AlN film surfaces. With increasing the pretreatment time from 1 to 5 s, the N-polarity started to be impeded. However, small islands were formed on sapphire surface due to the decompostion of TMAl. As a result, small voids became noticeable at the nucleation layer (NL) because the growth started as quasi three-dimensional (3D) but transformed to 2D mode as the film grew thicker and got coalesced, leading to smoother and Al-polar films. On the other hand, longer pretreatment time of 40 s formed large 3D islands on sapphire, and thus initiated a 3D-growth mode of the AlN film, generating Al-polar AlN nanocolumns with different facets, which resulted into rougher film surfaces. The epitaxial growth modes and their correlation with the AlN film crystal quality under different TMAl pretreatments are also discussed.

  16. A scalable pathway to nanostructured sapphire optical fiber for evanescent-field sensing and beyond

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    Chen, Hui; Tian, Fei; Kanka, Jiri; Du, Henry

    2015-03-01

    We here report an innovative and scalable strategy of transforming a commercial unclad sapphire optical fiber to an all-alumina nanostructured sapphire optical fiber (NSOF). The strategy entails fiber coating with metal aluminum followed by anodization to form alumina cladding of highly organized pore channel structure. Through experiments and numerical simulation, we demonstrate the utility and benefit of NSOF, analogous to all-silica microstructured optical fiber, for evanescent-field surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) measurements. We experimentally reveal the feasibility of Ag nanoparticles (NPs)-enabled NSOF SERS sensing of 10-6 M Rhodamine 6G (R6G) after thermal treatment at 500 °C for 6 h by taking advantage of porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) structure to stabilize the Ag NPs. We show, via numerical simulations, that AAO cladding significantly increases the evanescent-field overlap, lower porosity of AAO results in higher evanescent-field overlap, and optimized AAO nanostructure yields greater SERS enhancement.

  17. Single-crystal germanium grown on (1-1 0 2) sapphire by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Godbey, D. J.; Qadri, S. B.; Twigg, M. E.; Richmond, E. D.

    1989-06-01

    Crystalline germanium films have been successfully grown on the (1-1 0 2) sapphire surface using molecular beam epitaxy. Growth at temperatures above 700 C and after preannealing the sapphire substrates above 1100 C resulted in germanium films with a (110) orientation. A 500 nm germanium film grown at 800 C after preannealing the sapphire substrate at 1400 C gave an X-ray rocking curve width that measured 317 arcsec at half maximum for the (220) reflection.

  18. Laser-induced microexplosion confined in the bulk of a sapphire crystal: evidence of multimegabar pressures.

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    Juodkazis, S; Nishimura, K; Tanaka, S; Misawa, H; Gamaly, E G; Luther-Davies, B; Hallo, L; Nicolai, P; Tikhonchuk, V T

    2006-04-28

    Extremely high pressures (approximately 10 TPa) and temperatures (5 x 10(5) K) have been produced using a single laser pulse (100 nJ, 800 nm, 200 fs) focused inside a sapphire crystal. The laser pulse creates an intensity over 10(14) W/cm2 converting material within the absorbing volume of approximately 0.2 microm3 into plasma in a few fs. A pressure of approximately 10 TPa, far exceeding the strength of any material, is created generating strong shock and rarefaction waves. This results in the formation of a nanovoid surrounded by a shell of shock-affected material inside undamaged crystal. Analysis of the size of the void and the shock-affected zone versus the deposited energy shows that the experimental results can be understood on the basis of conservation laws and be modeled by plasma hydrodynamics. Matter subjected to record heating and cooling rates of 10(18) K/s can, thus, be studied in a well-controlled laboratory environment.

  19. 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

  20. 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

    2014-09-01

    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.

  1. Thermal Conductance through Sapphire-Sapphire Bonding

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    Suzuki, T.; Tomaru, T.; Haruyama, T.; Shintomi, T.; Uchinyama, T.; Miyoki, S.; Ohashi, M.; Kuroda, K.

    2003-07-01

    Thermal conductance on sapphire-sapphire bonded interface has been investigated. Two pieces of single crystal sapphire bar with square cross section were bonded together by adhesion free bonding. In two sections of the bar, thermal conductivity was measured between 5 K to 300K. One section contains a bonded interface and the other section measured a thermal conductivity of the sapphire as a reference. No significant thermal resistance due to bonded interface was found from this measurement. Obtained thermal conductivity reaches κ 1 × 104 [W/m·K] in temperature range of T = 20 ˜ 30 K which is a planned operating temperature of a cryogenic mirror of the Large scale Cryogenic Gravitational wave telescope. It looks promising for sapphire bonding technique to improve a heat transfer from a large cryogenic mirror to susp ension wires.

  2. In situ reactor radiation-induced attenuation in sapphire optical fibers heated up to 1000 °C

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    Petrie, Christian M.; Blue, Thomas E.

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this work was to determine the suitability of using instrumentation utilizing sapphire optical fibers in a high temperature nuclear reactor environment. For this, the broadband (500-2200 nm, or 0.56-2.48 eV) optical transmission in commercially available sapphire optical fibers was monitored in situ prior to, during, and after reactor irradiation. Portions of the sapphire fibers were heated to temperatures up to 1000 °C during irradiation. The sapphire fibers were irradiated, mostly at a neutron flux of 5.0 × 1011 n/cm2/s and a gamma dose rate of 28 kGy/h (dose in sapphire), to a total neutron fluence of 6.4 × 1016 n/cm2 and total gamma dose on the order of 1 MGy. Results were generally consistent with the results of previous in situ measurements of the transmission in unheated sapphire fibers during reactor irradiation. Added attenuation at 850, 1300, and 1550 nm, appears to be limited by the growth of radiation-induced defect centers that are located in the ultra violet to the visible range and is therefore less at 1300 and 1550 nm than at 850 nm. A linear increase in attenuation, due to displacement damage effects, was observed with increased irradiation time at constant reactor power. However, the rate of increase of the added attenuation during constant power reactor irradiation monotonically decreased with increasing temperature up to 1000 °C, with the most significant decrease occurring between 300 and 600 °C. Additional calculations predicted that the majority of (if not all of) the observed increases in attenuation during irradiation at 600 and 1000 °C were due to effects in the unheated sections of the irradiated sapphire fibers. These results suggest that, for a reactor radiation environment similar to that tested in this work, heating sapphire fibers to temperatures of 600 °C or greater during irradiation would significantly reduce (or possibly eliminate entirely) the rate of growth of the added attenuation in the sapphire fibers.

  3. Crystal Quality and Light Output Power of GaN-Based LEDs Grown on Concave Patterned Sapphire Substrate.

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    Wu, YewChung Sermon; Isabel, A Panimaya Selvi; Zheng, Jian-Hsuan; Lin, Bo-Wen; Li, Jhen-Hong; Lin, Chia-Chen

    2015-04-22

    The crystal quality and light output power of GaN-based light-emitting diodes (LEDs) grown on concave patterned sapphire substrate (CPSS) were investigated. It was found that the crystal quality of GaN-based LEDs grown on CPSS improved with the decrease of the pattern space (percentage of c-plane). However, when the pattern space decreased to 0.41 μm (S0.41-GaN), the GaN crystallinity dropped. On the other hand, the light output power of GaN-based LEDs was increased with the decrease of the pattern space due to the change of the light extraction efficiency.

  4. Broadband supercontinuum generation covering UV to mid-IR region by using three pumping sources in single crystal sapphire fiber.

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    Kim, Jae Hun; Chen, Meng-Ku; Yang, Chia-En; Lee, Jon; Shi, Kebin; Liu, Zhiwen; Yin, Stuart Shizhuo; Reichard, Karl; Ruffin, Paul; Edwards, Eugene; Brantley, Christina; Luo, Claire

    2008-09-15

    In this paper, we demonstrate that the the bandwidth of the supercontinuum spectrum generated in a large mode area sapphire fiber can be enhanced by employing triple pumping sources. Three pumping sources with wavelengths of 784 nm, 1290 nm, and 2000 nm are launched into a single crystal sapphire fiber that is 5 cm in length and has a core diameter of 115 microm. The nonlinear interactions due to self-phase modulation and four-wave mixing form a broadband supercontinuum that covers the UV, visible, near-IR and lower mid-IR regions. Furthermore, we explore the possibility of generating a broadband supercontinuum expanding from the UV to far-IR region by increasing the number of pumping sources with wavelengths in the mid- and far-IR.

  5. Imaging of titanium:sapphire laser retinal injury by adaptive optics fundus imaging and Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography.

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    Kitaguchi, Yoshiyuki; Fujikado, Takashi; Kusaka, Shunji; Yamaguchi, Tatsuo; Mihashi, Toshifumi; Tano, Yasuo

    2009-07-01

    To examine and observe the subtle retinal injuries caused by a titanium:sapphire laser with a high-resolution adaptive optics (AO) fundus camera and with Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT). Observational case series. Four eyes of 2 individuals who experienced an accidental exposure to reflected light from a titanium:sapphire laser were examined. High-resolution retinal images were obtained with the AO fundus camera and by FD-OCT, and the images were compared with the findings obtained by standard clinical tests, including the Amsler test and fluorescein angiography (FA). The photoreceptor mosaic was absent in a localized area of the fovea in the images obtained by the AO fundus camera, and the photoreceptor outer segments (OS) were disrupted at the corresponding area in the FD-OCT images. The changes were detected not only in the symptomatic eye but also in the asymptomatic fellow eye in both patients. In 3 eyes, the geographic dark area in the AO image decreased during the follow-up examinations. Very small, localized photoreceptor disruptions can be detected in patients with minimal titanium:sapphire laser injury by cross-sectional imaging using OCT, but their extent was delineated more precisely by en face AO imaging. Because the area of the photoreceptor disruption is very small, especially in the nonsymptomatic fellow eye, it is strongly recommended that laser workers--even those without visual symptoms--be examined by FD-OCT, an AO camera, or both if they have not worn protective goggles while using a laser.

  6. High quality, transferrable graphene grown on single crystal Cu(111) thin films on basal-plane sapphire

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    Reddy, Kongara M.; Gledhill, Andrew D.; Chen, Chun-Hu; Drexler, Julie M.; Padture, Nitin P.

    2011-03-01

    The current method of growing large-area graphene on polycrystalline Cu surfaces (foils or thin films) and its transfer to arbitrary substrates is technologically attractive. However, the quality of graphene can be improved significantly by growing it on single-crystal Cu surfaces. Here we show that high quality, large-area graphene can be grown on epitaxial single-crystal Cu(111) thin films on reusable basal-plane sapphire [α-Al2O3(0001)] substrates for transfer to another substrate. While enabling graphene growth on Cu single-crystal surfaces, this method has the potential to avoid the high cost and extensive damage to graphene associated with sacrificing bulk single-crystal Cu during graphene transfer.

  7. 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.

  8. Growth and Crystal Orientation of ZnTe on m-Plane Sapphire with Nanofaceted Structure

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    Nakasu, Taizo; Sun, Wei-Che; Kobayashi, Masakazu; Asahi, Toshiaki

    2017-04-01

    ZnTe thin films on sapphire substrate with nanofaceted structure have been studied. The nanofaceted structure of the m-plane (10-10) sapphire was obtained by heating the substrate at above 1100°C in air, and the r-plane (10-12) and S-plane (1-101) were confirmed. ZnTe layers were prepared on the nanofaceted m-plane sapphire substrates by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). The effect of the nanofaceted structure on the orientation of the thin films was examined based on x-ray diffraction (XRD) pole figures. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was also employed to characterize the interface structures. The ZnTe layer on the nanofaceted m-plane sapphire substrate exhibited (331)-plane orientation, compared with (211)-plane without the nanofaceted structure. After thermal treatment, the m-plane surface vanished and (211) layer could not be formed because of the lack of surface lattice matching. On the other hand, (331)-plane thin film was formed on the nanofaceted m-plane sapphire substrate, since the (111) ZnTe domains were oriented on the S-facet. The orientation of the ZnTe epilayer depended on the atomic ordering on the surface and the influence of the S-plane.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Integrated Optical Pumping of Cr & Ti-Doped Sapphire Substrates With III-V Nitride Materials

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    2005-08-24

    Cr:sapphire substrate. Solid line is the spectrum of blue and red light emitted by InGaN LED epitaxially grown on Cr:sapphire substrate. The light was collected...goals of the program from the original proposal: Part 1 1. Deposition of GaN/ InGaN heterostructures and quantum Wells on Ti and Cr- doped sapphire...substrates by MOCVD. 2. Characterization of doped sapphire/ InGaN structures byPL to simulate electrical injection by laser or LED device structures Part 2 1

  12. Birefringence measurements in single crystal sapphire and calcite shocked along the a axis

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

    2017-01-01

    Calcite and sapphire were shock compressed along the <10 1 ¯0 > direction (a axis) in a plate impact configuration. Polarimetery and Photonic Doppler Velocimetery (PDV) were used to measure the change in birefringence with particle velocity in the shock direction. Results for sapphire agree well with linear photoelastic theory and current literature showing a linear relationship between birefringence and particle velocity up to 310 m s-1. A maximum change in birefringence of 5% was observed. Calcite however showed anomolous behaviour with no detectable change in birefringence (less than 0.1%) over the range of particle velocities studied (up to 75 m s-1).

  13. Effect of crucible and crystal rotations on the convexity and the thermal stress in large size sapphire crystals during Czochralski growth

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    Nguyen, Tran Phu; Hsieh, Yao-Te; Chen, Jyh-Chen; Hu, Chieh; Nguyen, Huy Bich

    2017-06-01

    In this study, the effect of the temperature and flow fields generated by the rotation of the crucible and the crystal on the convexity of a c-axis, large-diameter sapphire crystal during the Czochralski growth process is investigated numerically. The thermal stress distributions in different sizes of crystal are also considered. The computational results show that the convexity and the thermal stress of the crystal are strongly dependent on the crucible and crystal rotation rates. The counter rotation between the crucible and the crystal results in a flatter crystal-melt interface, compared to the case of no crucible rotation or crystal rotation. Maximum thermal stress occurs at the highest curvature of the crystal-melt interface which appears near the center of the growing crystal, and the value is directly proportional to the crystal's size. Moreover, there is a significant decrease in the von Mises stress for the crystal-melt interface with lower convexity due to a reduction in the temperature gradient in the radial direction along the interface. As the crystal length gets larger, the maximum von Mises stress rapidly reduces.

  14. 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

  15. Compact 50-Hz terawatt Ti:sapphire laser for x-ray and nonlinear optical spectroscopy

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    Cheng, Guangjun; Shan, Fang; Freyer, Abhi; Guo, Ting

    2002-08-01

    We report a high-repetition-rate, compact terawatt Ti:sapphire laser system. The oscillator produces an 82-MHz pulse train consisting of broad-bandwidth pulses of 0.5-nJ/pulse energy and of 9-fs pulse duration. The spectrally shaped, lambda/4 regenerative amplifier supports an 80-nm bandwidth. A single 50-Hz repetition-rate pump laser pumps both the regenerative amplifier and a multiple-pass amplifier. The final output from this laser is a 50-Hz pulse train made from pulses of 53 mJ/pulse energy and of 24-fs pulse duration. For generating ultrafast x-ray pulses, 90% of the energy from the final output of a 28-mm-diameter (1/e2) beam is focused onto an ultrafast x-ray wire target. The energy conversion efficiency from optical (800-nm central wavelength) to x-ray (characteristic lines of Kalpha from Cu at 8 keV) pulses is estimated to be 7 x 10-5. This laser system can also generate a lower-peak-power, dual-pulse output that can excite, simultaneously and coherently, Raman modes within an adjustable bandwidth (up to 700 cm-1) and at a tunable central vibrational frequency. Preliminary results for the generation of dual-pulse output and ultrafast x rays are presented.

  16. 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.

  17. Electrical and optical properties of VO2 thin films grown on various sapphire substrates by using RF sputtering deposition

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    Jung, Dae Ho; So, Hyeon Seob; Ko, Kun Hee; Park, Jun Woo; Lee, Hosun; Nguyen, Trang Thi Thu; Yoon, Seokhyun

    2016-12-01

    VO2 thin films were grown on a-, c-, m-, and r-plane sapphire and SiO2/Si substrates under identical conditions by using RF sputtering deposition from a VO2 target. The structural and the morphological properties of all VO2 films were investigated. The grain sizes of the VO2 films varied between 268 nm and 355 nm depending on the substrate's orientation. The electrical and the optical properties of all VO2 thin films were examined in detail. The metal-insulator transition temperature (TMI) varied with the substrate's orientation. The (200)/(bar 211 )-oriented VO2 films on the a-plane sapphire showed the lowest TMI of about 329.3 K (56.3 °C) while the (020)/(002)-VO2 films on the c-plane sapphire displayed the highest TMI of about 339.6 K (66.6 °C). The VO2 films showed reversible changes in the resistivity as large as 1.19 × 105 and a hysteresis of 2 K upon traversing the transition temperature. The variations observed in the TMI with respect to the substrate's orientation were due to changes in the lattice strain and the grain size distribution. Raman spectroscopy showed that metal (rutile) - insulator (monoclinic) transitions occurred via the M2 phase for VO2 films on the c-plane substrate rather than the direct M1 to rutile transition. The shifts in the phonon frequencies of the VO2 film grown on various sapphire substrates were explained in terms of the strain along the V-V atomic bond direction (cR). Our work shows a possible correlation between the transition parameters ( e.g., TMI, sharpness, and hysteresis width) and the width ( σ) of the grain size distribution. It also shows a possible correlation between the TMI and the resistivities at the insulating and the metallic phases for VO2 films grown on various sapphire substrates.

  18. Generation of intense femtosecond optical vortex pulses with blazed-phase grating in chirped-pulse amplification system of Ti:sapphire laser

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    Lin, Yu-Chieh; Nabekawa, Yasuo; Midorikawa, Katsumi

    2016-11-01

    We demonstrate the generation of an intense femtosecond optical vortex (OV) pulse by employing an OV converter set between two laser amplifiers in a chirped-pulse amplification (CPA) system of a Ti:sapphire laser. The OV converter is composed of a liquid-crystal spatial light modulator (LC-SLM) exhibiting a blazed-phase computer-generated hologram, a concave mirror, and a flat mirror in the 4f setup. Owing to the intrinsic nature of the 4f setup, the OV converter is free from chromatic and topological-charge dispersions, which are always induced in a spiral phase plate conventionally used to convert an intense Gaussian laser pulse to an OV pulse, while we can avoid damage to the LC-SLM by the irradiation of a low-energy pulse before the second amplifier. We have increased the throughput of the OV converter to 42% by systematically investigating the diffraction efficiency of the blazed-phase hologram on the LC-SLM, which relaxes the gain condition required for the second amplifier. The combination of the high-throughput OV converter and the two-stage amplification enables us to generate OV pulses with an energy of 1.63 mJ and a pulse duration of 60 fs at a wavelength of 720 nm, at which the gain of the Ti:sapphire laser is only 60% of the peak gain around 800 nm.

  19. Structural and optical properties of near-UV LEDs grown on V-grooved sapphire substrates fabricated by wet etching

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    Cheong, H. S.; Na, M. G.; Choi, Y. J.; Cuong, T. V.; Hong, C.-H.; Suh, E.-K.; Kong, B. H.; Cho, H. K.

    2007-01-01

    V-grooved sapphire substrates (VGSS) were fabricated by a simple wet etching process with SiO 2 stripe masks along < 1 1¯ 2 0> orientation of the sapphire substrate and a mixed solution of H 2SO 4 and H 3PO 4. The growth of low-defect GaN template was optimized by two-step growth technique of metalorganic vapor deposition (MOCVD), resulting in the threading dislocation (TD) density of 2-4×10 7 cm -2 in the entire region of the GaN template. The epitaxial structure of near-UV light emitting diode (LED) was grown on the GaN templates on both the VGSS and the flat sapphire substrate (FSS) in order to compare the characteristics of their structural and optical properties. The internal quantum efficiency and the extraction efficiency of the LED structure grown on the VGSS were remarkably increased when compared to the conventional LED structure grown on the FSS. It seems to be attributed to the reduction in the TD density of the GaN template on the VGSS and the decrease in the number of times of total internal reflections of the light flux due to the V-grooved pattern, respectively. The increase in optical output power of the LED grown on the VGSS agreed well with the expected value based on the simulation of the commercial Light Tool program and temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) intensities.

  20. World's largest sapphire for many applications

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    Khattak, Chandra P.; Shetty, Raj; Schwerdtfeger, C. Richard; Ullal, Saurabh

    2016-10-01

    Sapphire has been used for many high technology applications because of its excellent optical, mechanical, high temperature, abrasion resistance and dielectric properties. However, it is expensive and the volume of sapphire used has been limited. The potential sapphire requirements for LED and consumer electronic applications are very high. Emphasis has been on producing larger sapphire boules to achieve significant cost reductions so these applications are realized. World's largest sapphire boules, 500 mm diameter 300+kg, have been grown to address these markets.

  1. Measurement of nonlinear optical refraction of composite material based on sapphire with silver by Kerr-lens autocorrelation method.

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    Yu, Xiang-xiang; Wang, Yu-hua

    2014-01-13

    Silver nanoparticles synthesized in a synthetic sapphire matrix were fabricated by ion implantation using the metal vapor vacuum arc ion source. The optical absorption spectrum of the Ag: Al2O3 composite material has been measured. The analysis of the supercontinuum spectrum displayed the nonlinear refractive property of this kind of sample. Nonlinear optical refraction index was identified at 800 nm excitation using the Kerr-lens autocorrelation (KLAC) technique. The spectrum showed that the material possessed self-defocusing property (n(2) = -1.1 × 10(-15) cm(2)W). The mechanism of nonlinear refraction has been discussed.

  2. 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.

  3. Two-crystal, synchronously pumped, femtosecond optical parametric oscillator.

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    Ramaiah-Badarla, V; Esteban-Martin, A; Ebrahim-Zadeh, M

    2015-02-01

    We demonstrate a femtosecond optical parametric oscillator based on two nonlinear crystals synchronously pumped by a single ultrafast laser for efficient intracavity signal amplification and output power enhancement. By deploying two identical MgO:PPLN crystals in a single standing-wave cavity, and two pump pulse trains of similar average power from the same Kerr-lens-mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser, a minimum enhancement of 56% in the extracted signal power is achieved, with un-optimized output coupling, when temporal synchronization between the two intracavity signal pulse trains is established, resulting in a corresponding enhancement of 49% in pump depletion. Using intracavity dispersion control, near-transform-limited signal pulses with clean spectrum are obtained.

  4. Optically switchable liquid crystal photonic structures.

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    Urbas, Augustine; Tondiglia, Vincent; Natarajan, Lalgudi; Sutherland, Richard; Yu, Haiping; Li, J-H; Bunning, Timothy

    2004-10-27

    Photo-optic materials offer the possibility of light controlled photonic devices, intelligent and environmentally adaptive optical materials. One strategy for creating these materials is the combination of structure formation through holographic photopolymerization and the variable optical properties of liquid crystals. Holographically patterned, polymer stabilized liquid crystals (HPSLCs) have proven to be useful optical materials. By incorporating photo-optic, azobenzene-derived liquid crystal blends into such material systems, we have generated practical photoresponsive optical materials.

  5. 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)

  6. Photonic crystals as optical components

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    Halevi, P.; Krokhin, A. A.; Arriaga, J.

    1999-11-01

    Photonic crystals (PCs) have already found numerous applications associated with the photonic band gap. We point out that PCs could be also employed as custom-made optical components in the linear region well below the photonic gap. As an example, we discuss a birefringent PC lens that acts as a polarizing beam splitter. This idea is supported by a precise method of calculation of the optical constants of a transparent two-dimensional (2D) PC. Such a process of homogenization is performed for hexagonal arrays of polymer-based PCs and also for the mammalian cornea. Finally, 2D PCs are classified as optically uniaxial or biaxial.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. From optical MEMS to photonic crystal

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    Lee, Sukhan; Kim, Jideog; Lee, Hong-Seok; Moon, Il-Kwon; Won, JongHwa; Ku, Janam; Choi, Hyung; Shin, Hyungjae

    2002-10-01

    This paper presents the emergence of photonic crystals as significant optomechatronics components, following optical MEMS. It is predicted that, in the coming years, optical MEMS and photonic crystals may go through dynamic interactions leading to synergy as well as competition. First, we present the Structured Defect Photonic Crystal (SDPCTM) devised by the authors for providing the freedom of designing photonic bandgap structures, such that the application of photonic crystals be greatly extended. Then, we present the applications of optical MEMS and photonic crystals to displays and telecommunications. It is shown that many of the applications that optical MEMS can contribute to telecommunications and displays may be implemented by photonic crystals.

  10. Titanium distribution in Ti-sapphire single crystals grown by Czochralski and Verneuil technique

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    Alombert-Goget, G.; Li, H.; Faria, J.; Labor, S.; Guignier, D.; Lebbou, K.

    2016-01-01

    The distributions of Ti3+ and Ti4+ ions were evaluated by photoluminescence measurement in the wafers cut from different positions of the ingots grown by Czochralski and Verneuil techniques. Particular radial distributions of Ti4+ as function of the position in the ingot were observed in the crystals grown by Verneuil technique different than the crystals grown by Czochralski method.

  11. Modeling of dopant segregation in sapphire single crystal fibre growth by Micro-Pulling-Down method

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    Wenjia, Su; Duffar, Thierry; Nehari, Abdeljelil; Kononets, Valerii; Lebbou, Kheirreddine

    2017-09-01

    Experiments and numerical simulations are conducted in order to study the causes and solutions for the Ti inhomogeneity problem in Ti doped sapphire Micro-Pulling-Down (μ-PD) growth. The measurement and modeling of the thermal and flow fields, electromagnetic field, Ti concentration in the molten zone and along the fibre axis are compared. For the mean Ti concentration along the fibre and temperature along the iridium crucible, the modeling results are consistent with experiments. Results showed that for high pulling rate, the mass transfer in the capillary is dominated by convection. Marangoni convection is strong in the meniscus due to the large temperature gradient, which has great impact on the Ti distribution for different fibre radii. For high pulling rate, Ti concentration increases quickly from the seed along the fibre axis, and reaches a constant value after about 0.5-2 mm. Radial segregation is high for large diameter fibres. The constant Ti concentration along the fibre axis is increasing when increasing the fibre radius from 0.2 to 0.6 mm. For 0.8 mm, it decreases due to the change of the vortex. At low growth rate, the transport in the capillary is diffusive, back to the crucible, which leads to a Scheil-like Ti distribution, in full agreement with the experimental results.

  12. 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.

  13. Thermo-optical characteristics of DKDP crystal

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    Mironov, E. A.; Vyatkin, A. G.; Starobor, A. V.; Palashov, O. V.

    2017-03-01

    This letter presents a theoretical and experimental investigation of thermally induced polarization distortions occurring in an optical element made of c-cut tetragonal crystals. Two material characteristics were defined for this class of crystals: the optical anisotropy parameter ξ and the thermo-optical constant Q. These were generalized with analogous characteristics of elastically isotropic cubic crystals. The experimental investigation of these characteristics for popular tetragonal deuterated potassium dihydrogen phosphate (DKDP) crystal was carried out.

  14. CONDENSED MATTER: ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES: The effects of vicinal sapphire substrates on the properties of AlGaN/GaN heterostructures

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    Xu, Zhi-Hao; Zhang, Jin-Cheng; Zhang, Zhong-Fen; Zhu, Qing-Wei; Duan, Huan-Tao; Hao, Yue

    2009-12-01

    AlGaN/GaN heterostructures on vicinal sapphire substrates and just-oriented sapphire substrates (0001) are grown by the metalorganic chemical vapor deposition method. Samples are studied by high-resolution x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, capacitance-voltage measurement and the Van der Pauw Hall-effect technique. The investigation reveals that better crystal quality and surface morphology of the sample are obtained on the vicinal substrate. Furthermore, the electrical properties are also improved when the sample is grown on the vicinal substrate. This is due to the fact that the use of vicinal substrate can promote the step-flow mode of crystal growth, so many macro-steps are formed during crystal growth, which causes a reduction of threading dislocations in the crystal and an improvement in the electrical properties of the AlGaN/GaN heterostructure.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Sapphire ball lensed fiber probe for common-path optical coherence tomography in ocular imaging and sensing

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    Zhao, Mingtao; Huang, Yong; Kang, Jin U.

    2013-03-01

    We describe a novel common-path optical coherence tomography (CP-OCT) fiber probe design using a sapphire ball lens for cross-sectional imaging and sensing in retina vitrectomy surgery. Single mode Gaussian beam (TEM00) simulation was used to optimize lateral resolution and working distance (WD) of the common-path probe. A theoretical sensitivity model for CP-OCT was prosed to assess its optimal performance based an unbalanced photodetector configuration. Two probe designs with working distances (WD) 415μm and 1221μm and lateral resolution 11μm and 18μm, respectively were implemented with sensitivity up to 88dB. The designs are also fully compatible with conventional Michelson interferometer based OCT configurations. The reference plane of the probe, located at the distal beam exit interface of the single mode fiber (SMF), was encased within a 25-gauge hypodermic needle by the sapphire ball lens facilitates its applications in bloody and harsh environments. The performances of the fiber probe with 11μm of lateral resolution and 19μm of axial resolution were demonstrated by cross-sectional imaging of a cow cornea and retina in vitro with a 1310nm swept source OCT system. This probe was also attached to a piezoelectric motor for active compensation of physiological tremor for handheld retinal surgical tools.

  18. Sapphire ball lensed fiber probe for common-path optical coherence tomography in ocular imaging and sensing.

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    Zhao, Mingtao; Huang, Yong; Kang, Jin U

    2013-03-26

    We describe a novel common-path optical coherence tomography (CP-OCT) fiber probe design using a sapphire ball lens for cross-sectional imaging and sensing in retina vitrectomy surgery. Single mode Gaussian beam (TEM(00)) simulation was used to optimize lateral resolution and working distance (WD) of the common-path probe. A theoretical sensitivity model for CP-OCT was prosed to assess its optimal performance based an unbalanced photodetector configuration. Two probe designs with working distances (WD) 415μm and 1221μm and lateral resolution 11μm and 18μm, respectively were implemented with sensitivity up to 88dB. The designs are also fully compatible with conventional Michelson interferometer based OCT configurations. The reference plane of the probe, located at the distal beam exit interface of the single mode fiber (SMF), was encased within a 25-gauge hypodermic needle by the sapphire ball lens facilitates its applications in bloody and harsh environments. The performances of the fiber probe with 11μm of lateral resolution and 19μm of axial resolution were demonstrated by cross-sectional imaging of a cow cornea and retina in vitro with a 1310nm swept source OCT system. This probe was also attached to a piezoelectric motor for active compensation of physiological tremor for handheld retinal surgical tools.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. Electric-field gradient characterization at 181Ta impurities in sapphire single crystals

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    Rentería, M.; Darriba, G. N.; Errico, L. A.; Muñoz, E. L.; Eversheim, P. D.

    2005-07-01

    We report Perturbed-Angular-Correlation (PAC) experiments on corundum Al2O3 single crystals implanted with 181Hf/181Ta ions at the ISKP at Bonn and measured at La Plata with high efficiency and time-resolution. The magnitude, asymmetry, and orientation (with respect to the crystalline axes) of the electric-field gradient (EFG) tensor were determined measuring the spin-rotation curves as a function of different orientations of the single crystals relative to the detector system. These results are analyzed in the framework of point-charge model and ab initio Full-Potential Linearized-Augmented Plane Wave calculations, and compared with EFG results coming from PAC experiments with 111In/111Cd impurities. This combined study enables the determination of lattice relaxations induced by the presence of the impurity and the state of charge of a deep impurity donor level in the band gap of the semiconductor.

  2. Laser oscillation of Yb:KLu(WO4)2 crystal polarized along the N(g) principal optical axis.

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    Liu, Junhai; Zhang, Huaijin; Han, Wenjuan; Petrov, Valentin; Wang, Jiyang

    2008-03-31

    Efficient polarized laser oscillation along the N(g) principal optical axis is demonstrated at room temperature with a N(p)-cut Yb:KLu(WO4)2 crystal in a three-mirror folded resonator pumped by a Ti:sapphire laser at 981 nm. To our knowledge, this is the first laser study of this polarization for bulk crystals of this type. A continuous-wave output power of 0.55 W was obtained at 1044 nm for an absorbed pump power of 1.44 W, leading to optical-to-optical and slope efficiencies of 38% and 52%, respectively.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Na-doped optical Germanium bulk crystals

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    Pekar, G. S.; Singaevsky, A. F.

    2012-09-01

    In an effort to develop a material for infrared (IR) optics with improved parameters, bulk crystals of optical germanium doped with Na have been first grown and studied. Single-crystalline and coarse-crystalline Ge:Na boules of different shapes and dimensions, up to 10 kg by weight, have been grown. Sodium was incorporated into the Ge crystal during the crystal growing from the melt. Despite the fact that Na contamination in the source material was not strictly controlled, the density of Na in the grown crystals determined by the neutron activation analysis as well as by the glow discharge mass spectrometry did not exceed 1015 cm-3. Just this value may be supposed to be close to the solubility limit of Na incorporated in Ge in the course of bulk crystal growth. A first demonstration of donor behavior of Na in bulk Ge crystals is made by means of a thermoelectric type of testing. An interstitial location of Na impurity has been verified by experiments on donor drift in the dc electric field. The crystals are grown with free electron density in the range from 5ṡ1013 to 4ṡ1014 cm-3 which is optimal for using Ge crystals as an optical material for fabricating passive elements of the IR technique. A comparison between the properties of Ge:Na crystals and Ge crystals doped with Sb, a conventional impurity in optical germanium, grown under the same technological conditions and from the same intrinsic Ge as a source material, revealed a number of advantages of Ge:Na crystals; among them, the higher transparency in the IR region, smaller radiation scattering and higher regular optical transmission, lower dislocation density, more uniform distribution of electrical and optical characteristics over the crystal volume, the identity of optical parameters in the single-crystalline, and coarse-crystalline boules. No degradation of optical elements fabricated from Ge:Na crystals was detected in the course of their commercial application, starting from 1998.

  7. Sapphire ball lens-based fiber probe for common-path optical coherence tomography and its applications in corneal and retinal imaging.

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    Zhao, Mingtao; Huang, Yong; Kang, Jin U

    2012-12-01

    We describe a common-path swept source optical coherence tomography fiber probe design using a sapphire ball lens for cross-sectional imaging and sensing for retina vitrectomy surgery. The high refractive index (n=1.75) of the sapphire ball lens improves the focusing power and enables the probe to operate in the intraocular space. The highly precise spherical shape of the sapphire lens also reduces astigmatism and coma compared to fused nonspherical ball lenses. A theoretical sensitivity model for common-path optical coherence tomography (CP-OCT) was developed to assess its optimal performance based on an unbalanced photodetector configuration. Two probe designs-with working distances 415 and 1221 μm and lateral resolution 11 and 18 μm-were implemented with sensitivity up to 88 dB, which is significantly higher than previously reported CP-OCT probes. We assessed the performances of the fiber probes by cross-sectional imaging a bovine cornea and retina in air and in vitreous gel with a 1310 nm swept source OCT system. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of sapphire ball lens-based CP-OCT probes directly inserted into the vitreous gel of a bovine eyeball for ocular imaging with a sensitivity approaching the theoretical limitation of CP-OCT.

  8. Raman Tensor Formalism for Optically Anisotropic Crystals.

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    Kranert, Christian; Sturm, Chris; Schmidt-Grund, Rüdiger; Grundmann, Marius

    2016-03-25

    We present a formalism for calculating the Raman scattering intensity dependent on the polarization configuration for optically anisotropic crystals. It can be applied to crystals of arbitrary orientation and crystal symmetry measured in normal incidence backscattering geometry. The classical Raman tensor formalism cannot be used for optically anisotropic materials due to birefringence causing the polarization within the crystal to be depth dependent. We show that in the limit of averaging over a sufficiently large scattering depth, the observed Raman intensities converge and can be described by an effective Raman tensor given here. Full agreement with experimental results for uniaxial and biaxial crystals is demonstrated.

  9. 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.

  10. Photonic crystal negative refractive optics.

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    Baba, Toshihiko; Abe, Hiroshi; Asatsuma, Tomohiko; Matsumoto, Takashi

    2010-03-01

    Photonic crystals (PCs) are multi-dimensional periodic gratings, in which the light propagation is dominated by Bragg diffraction that appears to be refraction at the flat surfaces of the PC. The refraction angle from positive to negative, perfectly or only partially obeying Snell's law, can be tailored using photonic band theory. The negative refraction enables novel prism, collimation, and lens effects. Because PCs usually consist of two transparent media, these effects occur at absorption-free frequencies, affording significant design flexibility for free-space optics. The PC slab, a high-index membrane with a two-dimensional airhole array, must be carefully designed to avoid reflection and diffraction losses. Light focusing based on negative refraction forms a parallel image of a light source, facilitating optical couplers and condenser lenses for wavelength demultiplexing. A compact wavelength demultiplexer can be designed by combining the prism and lens effects. The collimation effect is obtainable not only inside but also outside of the PC by optimizing negative refractive condition.

  11. Tridimensional morphology and kinetics of etch pit on the {l_brace}0 0 0 1{r_brace} plane of sapphire crystal

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    Zhang Lunyong; Sun Jianfei; Zuo Hongbo; Yuan Zhiyong; Zhou Ji; Xing Dawei; Han Jiecai

    2012-08-15

    The tridimensional morphology and etching kinetics of the etch pit on the C-{l_brace}0 0 0 1{r_brace} plane of sapphire crystal ({alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) in molten KOH were studied experimentally. It was shown that the etch pit takes on tridimensional morphologies with triangular symmetry same as the symmetric property of the sapphire crystal. Pits like centric and eccentric triangular pyramid as well as hexagonal pyramid were observed, but the latter is less in density. In-depth analyses show the side walls of the etch pits belong to the {l_brace}1 1{sup Macron} 0 2{sup Macron }{r_brace} family, and the triangular pit contains edges full composed by Al{sup 3+} ions on the etching surface so it is more stable than the hexagonal pit since its edges on the etching surface contains Al{sup 2+} ions. The etch pits developed in a manner of kinematic wave by the step moving with constant speed, which is controlled by the chemical reaction with activation energy of 96.6 kJ/mol between Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and KOH. - Graphical abstract: Schematic showing the atomic configuration of the predicted side walls of regular triangular pyramid shaped etch pit on the C-{l_brace}0 0 0 1{r_brace} plane of sapphire crystal. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Observed the tridimensional morphology of etch pits. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Figured out the atomic configuration origin of the etch pits. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Quantitatively determined the etch rates of the etch pits.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Improved crystal quality and performance of GaN-based light-emitting diodes by decreasing the slanted angle of patterned sapphire

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    Cheng, Ji-Hao; Wu, YewChung Sermon; Liao, Wei-Chih; Lin, Bo-Wen

    2010-02-01

    Periodic triangle pyramidal array patterned sapphire substrates (PSSs) with various slanted angles were fabricated by wet etching. It was found beside normal wurtzite GaN, zinc blende GaN was found on the sidewall surfaces of PSS. The crystal quality and performance of PSS-LEDs improved with decrease in slanted angle from 57.4° to 31.6°. This is because most of the growth of GaN was initiated from c-planes. As the growth time increased, GaN epilayers on the bottom c-plane covered these pyramids by lateral growth causing the threading dislocation to bend toward the pyramids.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Optical vortices from liquid crystal droplets.

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    Brasselet, Etienne; Murazawa, Naoki; Misawa, Hiroaki; Juodkazis, Saulius

    2009-09-04

    We report on the generation of mono- and polychromatic optical phase singularities from micron-sized birefringent droplets. This is done experimentally by using liquid crystal droplets whose three dimensional architecture of the optical axis is controlled within the bulk by surfactant agents. Because of its microscopic size these optical vortex generators are optically trapped and manipulated at will, thus realizing a robust self-aligned micro-optical device for orbital angular momentum conversion. Experimental observations are supported by a simple model of optical spin-orbit coupling in uniaxial dielectrics that emphasizes the prominent role of the transverse optical anisotropy with respect to the beam propagation direction.

  18. Epitaxial growth, electrical and optical properties of a-plane InN on r-plane sapphire

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    Ajagunna, A. O.; Iliopoulos, E.; Tsiakatouras, G.; Tsagaraki, K.; Androulidaki, M.; Georgakilas, A.

    2010-01-15

    The heteroepitaxy of a-plane (1120) InN films on r-plane (1102) sapphire substrates, by nitrogen radio frequency plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy, has been investigated and compared to that of c-plane (0001) InN. The epitaxial growth of a-plane InN proceeded through the nucleation, growth, and coalescence of three-dimensional islands, resulting in surface roughness that increased monotonically with epilayer thickness. The full width at half maximum of (1120) x-ray diffraction rocking curves decreased significantly with increasing InN thickness, characteristic of structural improvement, and it reached the value of 24 arcmin for a 1 {mu}m thick film. Hall-effect measurements exhibited a similar dependence of electron concentration and mobility on thickness for both the a- and c-plane InN films. The analysis of the Hall-effect measurements, by considering the contribution of two conducting layers, indicates a similar accumulation of low mobility electrons with N{sub s}>10{sup 14} cm{sup -2} at the films' surface/interfacial region for both the a- and c-plane InN films. From optical transmittance measurements, the absorption edge of 0.768 eV was determined for the 1 {mu}m a-plane film, consistent with the expected Burstein-Moss effect. Photoluminescence spectra exhibited a lower energy peak at 0.631 eV, suggesting defect-related transitions.

  19. Optical and electrical properties of high-quality Ti2O3 epitaxial film grown on sapphire substrate

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    Fan, Haibo; Wang, Mingzi; Yang, Zhou; Ren, Xianpei; Yin, Mingli; Liu, Shengzhong

    2016-11-01

    Epitaxial film of Ti2O3 with high crystalline quality was grown on Al2O3 substrate by pulsed laser deposition process using a powder-pressed TiO2 target in active O2 flow. X-ray diffraction clearly reveals the (0006) crystalline Ti2O3 orientation and its (10overline{1} 0)_{{{{Ti}}_{ 2} {{O}}_{ 3} }} ||(10overline{1} 0)_{{sapphire}} in-plane epitaxial relationship with the substrate. Scanning electron microscopy images show that the film grew uniformly on the substrate with a Volmer-Weber mode. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy and selected area electron diffraction further confirm the high crystalline quality of the film. Transmittance spectrum shows that the Ti2O3 film is highly transparent in 400-800 nm with the optical band gap estimated to be 3.53 eV by Tauc plot. The temperature-dependent Hall effect measurement indicates that the Ti2O3 film appears to be n-type semiconductor with carrier concentration, mobility, and resistivity showing typical temperature-dependent behavior. The donor ionization energy was estimated to be 83.6 meV by linear relationship of conductivity versus temperature.

  20. Nonlinear Optical Effects in Liquid Crystals.

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    1980-12-10

    nematic MBBA is studied. The experiments involve the detection of optical radiation at second- harmonic frequency when aligned thin film liquid crystals...studied. The experiments involve the detection of optical radiation at second-harmonic frequency when aligned thin film liquid crystals sam- ples are...used in our experiments. The shematic circuit diagram is shown in Fig. 7. A resistance sensing bridge network is used with a thermistor sensor and a

  1. Structural studies in the epitaxial-growth of indium nitride crystals with flower-like structure on a sapphire (112¯0) substrate

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    Wakasugi, Satoshi; Sugiura, Haruka; Shimomura, Masaru; Nakamura, Takato; Takahashi, Naoyuki

    2007-11-01

    Indium nitride crystals with flower-like structure are grown on a-plane sapphire substrate by means of chemical vapor deposition using InCl 3 and NH 3 as starting materials under atmospheric pressure. They have similar shape and size. It was found that a style and petals which constitute flower-like structure were grown homoepitaxially. This was deduced by the results of the reciprocal space mappings. Also, it was suggested that there are the following relationships between the style and petals: the directions [//[ and [//[//[ are parallel and perpendicular to the substrate, respectively. Selective growth of the flower-like InN crystals is explained in terms of the homoepitaxy.

  2. Epitaxial Growth of Mo Single Crystal on Sapphire by H2 Reduction of MoO3 and Characterization by Reflection High-Energy Electron Diffraction

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    Igarashi, Osamu

    1995-05-01

    Mo depositions on sapphire ( Al2O3) were effected by H2 reduction of MoO3, and the crystallinity of the films was characterized by reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED). In the case of growth on the (1\\=102) Al2O3 substrates, single-crystal epitaxial growth of (001) Mo was realized. On (0001) Al2O3, single-crystal Mo was not obtained; Mo deposited on (0001) Al2O3 was composed of three sets of (110)-oriented crystallites. To obtain Debye-Scherrer ring-free Mo films whose RHEED patterns did not include arcs, growth temperatures of 890 and 920° C were required in growths on (1\\=102) and (0001) Al2O3 substrates, respectively.

  3. Photorefractive Tungsten Bronze Crystals for Optical Computing

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    1993-07-23

    Science Center SC71041.FR temperature, larger crystals crack on cooling through these phase transitions. Our recent work on SCNN indicates that the...addition of Ba 2 + reduces the cracking of crystals while maintaining reasonably high electro- optic coefficients. We plan to continue BSCNN growth in...are tetragonal at room temperature, cracking of large crystals during cool-down through the ferroelectric phase transition is generally not a problem

  4. Liquid crystal optical fibers for sensing applications

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    Choudhury, P. K.

    2013-09-01

    Propagation characteristics of optical fibers are greatly dependent on materials, which the guides are comprised of. Varieties of materials have been developed and investigated for their usage in fabricating optical fibers for specific applications. Within the context, a liquid crystal medium is both inhomogeneous and optically anisotropic, and fibers made of such mediums are greatly useful. Also, liquid crystals exhibit strong electro-optic behavior, which allows alternation in their optical properties under the influence of external electric fields. These features make liquid crystal fibers greatly important for optical applications. The present communication is aimed at providing a glimpse of the efficacy of liquid crystals and/or fibers made of liquid crystals, followed by the analytical investigation of wave propagation through such guides. The sustainment of modes is explored in these fibers under varying fiber dimensions, and the novelty is discussed. The case of tapered liquid crystal fibers is also briefly discussed highlighting the usefulness. Control on the dispersion characteristics of such fibers may be imposed by making the guide even more complex; the possibility of devising such options is also touched upon.

  5. Intrinsic optical modulation mechanism in electro-optic crystals

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    Garzarella, A.; Hinton, R. J.; Qadri, S. B.; Wu, Dong Ho

    2008-06-01

    An intrinsic mechanism of optical intensity modulation occurring in electro-optic devices such as field sensors and modulators under applied fields is described. The optical modulation results from interactions between internally generated Fizeau interference patterns and electro-optic effects within the nonlinear crystal. Our results indicate that when phase matched with the conventional polarimetric signal, the intrinsic modulation mechanism can nearly double device sensitivity.

  6. Single-crystal silicon optical fiber by direct laser crystallization

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    Ji, Xiaoyu; Lei, Shiming; Yu, Shih -Ying; Cheng, Hiu Yan; Liu, Wenjun; Poilvert, Nicolas; Xiong, Yihuang; Dabo, Ismaila; Mohney, Suzanne E.; Badding, John V.; Gopalan, Venkatraman

    2016-12-05

    Semiconductor core optical fibers with a silica cladding are of great interest in nonlinear photonics and optoelectronics applications. Laser crystallization has been recently demonstrated for crystallizing amorphous silicon fibers into crystalline form. Here we explore the underlying mechanism by which long single-crystal silicon fibers, which are novel platforms for silicon photonics, can be achieved by this process. Using finite element modeling, we construct a laser processing diagram that reveals a parameter space within which single crystals can be grown. Utilizing this diagram, we illustrate the creation of single-crystal silicon core fibers by laser crystallizing amorphous silicon deposited inside silica capillary fibers by high-pressure chemical vapor deposition. The single-crystal fibers, up to 5.1 mm long, have a very welldefined core/cladding interface and a chemically pure silicon core that leads to very low optical losses down to ~0.47-1dB/cm at the standard telecommunication wavelength (1550 nm). Furthermore, tt also exhibits a photosensitivity that is comparable to bulk silicon. Creating such laser processing diagrams can provide a general framework for developing single-crystal fibers in other materials of technological importance.

  7. Single-crystal silicon optical fiber by direct laser crystallization

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    Ji, Xiaoyu; Lei, Shiming; Yu, Shih -Ying; ...

    2016-12-05

    Semiconductor core optical fibers with a silica cladding are of great interest in nonlinear photonics and optoelectronics applications. Laser crystallization has been recently demonstrated for crystallizing amorphous silicon fibers into crystalline form. Here we explore the underlying mechanism by which long single-crystal silicon fibers, which are novel platforms for silicon photonics, can be achieved by this process. Using finite element modeling, we construct a laser processing diagram that reveals a parameter space within which single crystals can be grown. Utilizing this diagram, we illustrate the creation of single-crystal silicon core fibers by laser crystallizing amorphous silicon deposited inside silica capillarymore » fibers by high-pressure chemical vapor deposition. The single-crystal fibers, up to 5.1 mm long, have a very welldefined core/cladding interface and a chemically pure silicon core that leads to very low optical losses down to ~0.47-1dB/cm at the standard telecommunication wavelength (1550 nm). Furthermore, tt also exhibits a photosensitivity that is comparable to bulk silicon. Creating such laser processing diagrams can provide a general framework for developing single-crystal fibers in other materials of technological importance.« less

  8. Conical refraction in magneto-optical crystals

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    Kuznetsov, E. V.; Merzlikin, A. M.

    2017-09-01

    The paper investigates the influence of an external magnetic field on light propagation through a magneto-optical biaxial, biaxial hyperbolic and anisotropic magnetophotonic crystal. It is demonstrated that the application of a magnetic field results in splitting and reconnection of an isofrequency near the self-intersection point and thus it leads to the disappearance of conical refraction in a crystal. This effect makes it possible to control light propagation by means of a magnetic field. In addition, it is demonstrated that the diffraction divergence of a beam is suppressed in a homogeneous magneto-optical biaxial crystal.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. Nonlinear photonic crystal microdevices for optical integration.

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    Soljacić, Marin; Luo, Chiyan; Joannopoulos, J D; Fan, Shanhui

    2003-04-15

    A four-port nonlinear photonic crystal system is discussed that exhibits optical bistability with negligible backscattering to the inputs, making it particularly suitable for integration with other active devices on the same chip. Devices based on this system can be made to be small [O(lambda3)] in volume, have a nearly instantaneous response, and consume only a few milliwatts of power. Among many possible applications, we focus on an all-optical transistor and integrated optical isolation.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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}.

  16. Growth of crystals in optical tweezers

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    Gibson, Ursula; Singer, Wolfgang; Nieminen, Timo; Heckenberg, Norman; Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina

    2005-08-01

    We report here on the use of optical tweezers in the growth and manipulation of protein and inorganic crystals. Sodium chloride and hen egg-white lysozyme crystals were grown in a batch process, and then seeds from the solution were introduced into the optical tweezers. The regular and controllable shape and the known optical birefringence in these structures allowed a detailed study of the orientation effects in the beam due to both polarization and gradient forces. Additionally, we determined that the laser tweezers could be used to suspend a crystal for three-dimensional growth under varying conditions. Studies included increasing the protein concentration, thermal cycling, and a diffusion-induced increase in precipitant concentration. Preliminary studies on the use of the tweezers to create a localized seed for growth from polyethylene oxide solutions are also reported.

  17. Surface modification of a-plane sapphire substrates and its effect on crystal orientation of ZnTe layer

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    Nakasu, Taizo; Sun, Wei-Che; Kobayashi, Masakazu

    2017-01-01

    Domain structures of ZnTe layers grown on a-plane sapphire substrates were investigated by changing the crystallographic properties of the surface and interface. Pole figure images were obtained and we investigated the domain structure in the grown film and the orientation relationships between films and substrates. It was confirmed that two kinds of {111} domains were oriented by annealing the buffer layer at 350 °C, while the (100) domain was obtained by annealing the buffer layer at 300 °C. From the results of the rocking curve measurement, the introduction of a step-terrace surface through the high-temperature treatment of the substrate resulted in an improved crystallographic quality. However, it did not affect the domain structure in the layer. The introduction of an off-angle on the substrate surface resulted in the formation of a single (111) domain layer. These crystallographic features were mainly affected by the surface atom arrangement of the sapphire substrate and its chemical nature.

  18. Optical properties of ladder type single crystals

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    Babonas, G.J.; Leonyuk, L.; Reza, A.; Dapkus, L.; Szymczak, R.

    1999-12-01

    The optical properties of (M{sub 2}Cu{sub 2}O{sub 3}){sub m}(CuO{sub 2}){sub n} (M = Ca, Sr, Y, Bi) crystals containing the ladder-type plane Cu{sub 2}O{sub 3} were investigated by spectroscopic ellipsometry method in the range 0.5--5.0 eV. The experimental data were analyzed in order to reveal the difference in the microstructure between superconducting (SC) and non-superconducting (NSC) single crystals. The contributions to the optical response due to the electronic excitations of free and bound carriers were analyzed.

  19. Chalcogenide Photonic Crystal Filters For Optical Communication

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    Suthar, B.; Bhargava, A.

    2011-12-12

    A proper arrangement of photonic crystal waveguide and a point defect cavity gives an important application of photonic filter device in optical communications. We have studied a narrow band filter and a channel drop filter device using 2-D photonic crystal with square lattice structure. A narrow band filter is applied to select a narrow frequency band signal from incoming light, while a channel drop filter is used to drop a particular frequency signal from incoming light. Chalcogenide As{sub 2}S{sub 3} is compared with conventional Si material regarding applications as feasible material for optical devices.

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. Nonlinear and quantum optics with liquid crystals

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    Lukishova, Svetlana G.

    2014-04-01

    Thermotropic liquid crystals' usual application is display technology. This paper describes experiments on light interaction with pure and doped liquid crystals under for these materials unconventional incident light powers: (1) under high-power laser irradiation, and (2) at the single-photon level. In (1), I will outline several nonlinear optical effects under high-power, nanosecond laser irradiation which should be taken into account in the design of lasers with liquid crystal components and in fabrication of optical power limiters based on liquid crystals: (1.1) athermal helical pitch dilation and unwinding of cholesteric mirrors (both in free space and inside laser resonators); (1.2) some pitfalls in measurements of refractive nonlinearity using z-scan technique under two-photon or linear absorption of liquids; (1.3) the first observation of thermal lens effects in liquid crystals under several-nanosecond, low-pulse-repetition rate (2-10 Hz) laser irradiation in the presence of two-photon absorption; (1.4) feedback-free kaleidoscope of patterns (hexagons, stripes, etc.) in dye-doped liquid crystals. In (2), at the single-photon level, it will be shown that with a proper selection of liquid crystals and a single-emitter dopant spectral range, liquid crystal structures can be used to control emitted single photons (both polarization and count rate). The application of the latter research is absolutely secure quantum communication with polarization coding of information. In particular, in (2.1), definite handedness, circular polarized cholesteric microcavity resonance in quantum dot fluorescence is reported. In (2.2), definite linear polarization of single (antibunched) photons from single-dye-molecules in planar-aligned nematic host is discussed. In (2.3), some results on photon antibunching from NV-color center in nanodiamond in liquid crystal host and circularly polarized fluorescence of definite handedness from nanocrystals doped with trivalent ions of rare

  3. Novelty filtered optical correlator using photorefractive crystal

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    Liu, Duncan T. H.; Chao, Tien-Hsin; Cheng, Li-Jen

    1992-01-01

    We demonstrate a new optical correlator in which the correlation peak intensity is increased when the matched input object is moving. The basic configuration of the correlator is the same as a VanderLugt optical correlator consisting of a photorefractive crystal. The principal of this new correlator is based on the dynamic grating erasure property of photorefractive materials. The detail of this principle is described.

  4. 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.

  5. New compressed Ti:sapphire femtosecond amplifier layout

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    Carson, Andrew J.; Barnes, Charles C.; Tenyakov, Sergey

    2006-02-01

    A novel new design for an 8-pass multipass Titanium doped sapphire femtosecond amplifier (MPA) is studied. Ultrafast amplifiers based on the chirped pulse amplification (CPA) technique have been widely used to amplify the output pulses of Kerr lens mode locked (KLM) Ti:sapphire lasers from the nanojoule to the microjoule level. The system presented here also takes advantage of CPA to reduce the peak power and thus the potential damage to optical components from self-focusing. The amplifier scheme is based on a single curved mirror and a Brewster cut Ti:sapphire laser rod. Optical excitation of the Ti:sapphire gain medium is achieved by pumping with a Q-switched and frequency doubled Nd:YLF laser at 527 nm. The rear face of the gain crystal is coated to form a high reflector for both the pumping wavelength (490-550 nm) and the amplified seed pulse (740-860 nm). In this configuration the gain crystal itself acts as a second mirror, reducing the size of the amplifier and allowing for the most effective use of the pumping energy. By employing a Brewster cut lasing crystal the amount of active gain material can be adjusted for maximum gain. The advantages of this approach, compared to traditional two curved mirror MPA designs, are the reduced foot print and the ability to easily adjust the amount of gain material. At the same time the system retains the low amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) and temporally clean output pulse characteristic of MPA systems.

  6. 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.

  7. Optical crystal temperature gauge with fiber optic connections

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    Sharma, M. M. (Inventor)

    1982-01-01

    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.

  8. Scribing of thin sapphire substrates with a 266-nm Q-switched solid state laser

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    Rea, Edward C., Jr.

    2004-07-01

    Thin sections of single-crystal sapphire are favored as substrates for the epitaxial deposition of gallium nitride and other III-V and II-VI thin films used in the fabrication of electro-optic devices such as blue-green LEDs and laser diodes. Due to difficulties commonly encountered in cutting this hard material, alternatives to traditional mechanical processing techniques are of particular interest. This paper reviews a recent study characterizing the scribing of sapphire using the tightly focused output of an ultraviolet wavelength pulsed solid-state laser.

  9. Optical Properties of Liquid Crystal Elastomers

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    Khosla, Samriti; Lal, Suman; Tripathi, S. K.; Sood, Nitin; Singh, Darshan

    2011-12-01

    The linking of liquid crystals polymer chains together into gel network fixes their topology, and melt becomes an elastic solid. These materials are called liquid crystals elastomers. Liquid crystal elastomers possess properties of soft elasticity and spontaneous shape change. The constituent molecules of LCEs are orientationally ordered and there exist a strong coupling between the orientational order and mechanical strain. In LCEs the molecules start elongate when their component rods orient and reversibly contract when the order is lost (typically by heating). So there is a change of average molecular shape from spherical to spheroidal. These unique properties make these materials suitable for future biological applications. Various research groups have studied different properties of LCEs in which optical properties are predominant. LCE has been synthesized in our laboratory. In this paper, we report on the optical behavior of this material.

  10. Optical sharper focusing in an anisotropic crystal.

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    Wang, Sicong; Xie, Xiangsheng; Gu, Min; Zhou, Jianying

    2015-06-01

    Optical super-resolution technique through tight focusing is a widely used technique to image material samples with anisotropic optical properties. The knowledge of the field distribution of a tightly focused beam in anisotropic media is both scientifically interesting and technologically important. In this paper, the optical properties of a uniaxial crystal with the optic axis perpendicular to the interface under a tight focusing configuration are studied with rigorous theoretical and numerical analysis. The significant effect of the Poynting vector on the focal position introduces an obvious displacement of the focal spot formed by the extraordinary waves (e-ray). Moreover, a sharper focus with a lateral size of 0.22λ is obtained as a result of the effective separation of the ordinary waves (o-ray) and the e-ray. It provides a new tool to fabricate optical structures with higher resolutions than that in an isotropic medium through the far-field method.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Photonic crystal surface waves for optical biosensors.

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    Konopsky, Valery N; Alieva, Elena V

    2007-06-15

    We present a new optical biosensor technique based on registration of dual optical s-polarized modes on a photonic crystal surface. The simultaneous registration of two optical surface waves with different evanescent depths from the same surface spot permits the segregation of the volume and the surface contributions from an analyte, while the absence of metal damping permits an increase in the propagation length of the optical surface waves and the sensitivity of the biosensor. Our technique was tested with the binding of biotin molecules to a streptavidin monolayer that has been detected with signal/noise ratio of approximately 15 at 1-s signal accumulation time. The detection limit is approximately 20 fg of the analyte on the probed spot of the surface.

  16. Optical Restoration of Lead Fluoride Crystals

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

    2009-03-01

    Due to its relatively high resistance to high radiation, lead fluoride (PbF2) 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 PbF2 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 PbF2 samples with 1.1 and 1.3 MeV gammas from 60Co, 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 PbF2 samples. We shall discuss the efficacy of blue light curing on samples that have undergone two cycles of electron irradiation and optical bleaching.

  17. 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.

  18. Impurities in nonlinear optical oxide crystals

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    Morris, Patricia A.

    1990-11-01

    Impurities in nonlinear optical oxide crystals can affect many of the properties for device applications. The structures of typical crystals are tolerant with respect to occupancy and are nonstoichiometric on the cation sublattices (e.g. the A sublattice in crystals with the general formula AMO 3). This may, at least in part, be due to the presence of the relatively strong covalent nature of the acentric oxide groups determining the nonlinear optical properties. These circumstances make the incorporation of impurities into the lattice relatively easy and result in large distribution coefficients for many impurities. Generally, little purification during growth will occur with respect to these impurities and therefore, it is usually necessary to purify the starting materials of any unwanted ions. Chemical or powder processing and firing procedures can be used to prevent any contamination of the crystal growth precursors by common impurities (e.g. Si, Al, Fe, Ca, Na, K, Mg, Cl, and S) at a level of <10 parts per million total concentration. A combination of analytical techniques, including those which require little or no sample preparation (e.g. secondary ion mass spectrometry, neutron activation analysis, or laser microprobe mass spectrometry), should be used to determine the impurities present in a material. For example, the effects of protons incorporated (OH -) in the lattice of these crystals can be very detrimental and can be detected using infrared spectroscopy. The growth of many of these crystals requires flux techniques, but the temperature dependence of any nonstoichiometry present and of the distribution coefficients make the use of slow cooling techniques generally not recommended when uniformity of properties is required.

  19. 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.

  20. Microfabricated Optical Cavities and Photonic Crystals

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    Lončar, Marko; Scherer, Axel

    Microfabricated periodic structures with a high refractive index contrast have recently become very interesting geometries for the manipulation of light. The existence of a photonic bandgap, a frequency range within which propagation of light is prevented in all directions, is very useful where spatial localization of light is required. Ideally, by constructing three-dimensional confinement geometries, light propagation can be controlled in all three dimensions. However, since the fabrication of 3D photonic crystals is difficult, a more manufacturable approach is based on the use of one- or two-dimensional geometries. Here we describe the evolution of microcavities from 1D Bragg reflectors to 2D photonic crystals. The 1D microcavity laser (VCSEL) has already found widespread commercial use in data communications, and the equivalent 2D geometry has recently attracted a lot of research attention. 2D photonic crystal lasers, fabricated within a thin dielectric membrane and perforated with a two-dimensional lattice of holes, are very appealing for dense integration of photonic devices in telecommunications and optical sensing systems. In this chapter, we describe theory and experiments of planar photonic crystals as well as their applications towards lasers and super-dispersive elements. Low-threshold 2D photonic crystal lasers were recently demonstrated both in air and in different chemical solutions and can now be used to perform spectroscopic tests on ultra-small volumes of analyte.

  1. Photonic crystal cavities and integrated optical devices

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    Gan, Lin; Li, ZhiYuan

    2015-11-01

    This paper gives a brief introduction to our recent works on photonic crystal (PhC) cavities and related integrated optical structures and devices. Theoretical background and numerical methods for simulation of PhC cavities are first presented. Based on the theoretical basis, two relevant quantities, the cavity mode volume and the quality factor are discussed. Then the methods of fabrication and characterization of silicon PhC slab cavities are introduced. Several types of PhC cavities are presented, such as the usual L3 missing-hole cavity, the new concept waveguide-like parallel-hetero cavity, and the low-index nanobeam cavity. The advantages and disadvantages of each type of cavity are discussed. This will help the readers to decide which type of PhC cavities to use in particular applications. Furthermore, several integrated optical devices based on PhC cavities, such as optical filters, channel-drop filters, optical switches, and optical logic gates are described in both the working principle and operation characteristics. These devices designed and realized in our group demonstrate the wide range of applications of PhC cavities and offer possible solutions to some integrated optical problems.

  2. 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.

  3. Second and third order nonlinear optical properties of microrod ZnO films deposited on sapphire substrates by thermal oxidation of metallic zinc

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    Kulyk, B.; Essaidi, Z.; Luc, J.; Sofiani, Z.; Boudebs, G.; Sahraoui, B.; Kapustianyk, V.; Turko, B.

    2007-12-01

    We report the preparation of microcrystalline ZnO thin films on sapphire substrates using a simple method based on the thermal evaporation of metallic Zn in vacuum with further annealing process. The aim of annealing in the oxygen atmosphere in the range of 800-850°C was to obtain the high quality ZnO films. The surface morphology was studied by scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. The polycrystalline films with ZnO microrods at different stages of their growth were investigated. Second and third harmonic generation measurements were performed by means of the rotational Maker fringe technique using Nd:YAG laser at 1064nm in picosecond regime. The obtained values of second and third order nonlinear susceptibilities were found to be high enough for the potential applications of the investigated materials in the optical switching devices based on refractive index changes.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.; ...

    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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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%.

  9. Optical properties of lithium niobate single crystals

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    Palatnikov, M. N.; Sidorov, N. V.; Biryukova, I. V.; Kalinnikov, V. T.; Bormanis, K.

    2005-01-01

    Studies of thermal and -irradiation effects on the optical properties in congruous lithium niobate single crystals containing Y, Mg, Gd, B, and Zn dopants including samples with double dopants Y, Mg and Gd, Mg are reported. Formation of defects at irradiation and thermal treatment of the samples is explored by electron absorption spectra. Considerable increase of absorption with the dose of -radiation is observed at 500 nm. The changes of absorption examined under different conditions are explained by creation and destruction of Nb4+ defects.

  10. Photonic crystal nanostructures for optical biosensing applications.

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    Dorfner, D; Zabel, T; Hürlimann, T; Hauke, N; Frandsen, L; Rant, U; Abstreiter, G; Finley, J

    2009-08-15

    We present the design, fabrication and optical investigation of photonic crystal (PhC) nanocavity drop filters for use as optical biosensors. The resonant cavity mode wavelength and Q-factor are studied as a function of the ambient refractive index and as a function of adsorbed proteins (bovine serum albumin) on the sensor surface. Experiments were performed by evanescent excitation of the cavity mode via a PhC waveguide. This in turn is coupled to a ridge waveguide that allows the introduction of a fluid flow cell on a chip. A response of partial delta lambda/delta c=(4.54+/-0.66)x10(5)nm/M is measured leading to a measured detection limit as good as Delta m=4.0+/-0.6 fg or Delta m/Delta A=(4.9+/-0.7)x10(2)pg/mm(2)in the sensitive area.

  11. Benzothiazolium Single Crystals: A New Class of Nonlinear Optical Crystals with Efficient THz Wave Generation.

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    Lee, Seung-Heon; Lu, Jian; Lee, Seung-Jun; Han, Jae-Hyun; Jeong, Chan-Uk; Lee, Seung-Chul; Li, Xian; Jazbinšek, Mojca; Yoon, Woojin; Yun, Hoseop; Kang, Bong Joo; Rotermund, Fabian; Nelson, Keith A; Kwon, O-Pil

    2017-08-01

    Highly efficient nonlinear optical organic crystals are very attractive for various photonic applications including terahertz (THz) wave generation. Up to now, only two classes of ionic crystals based on either pyridinium or quinolinium with extremely large macroscopic optical nonlinearity have been developed. This study reports on a new class of organic nonlinear optical crystals introducing electron-accepting benzothiazolium, which exhibit higher electron-withdrawing strength than pyridinium and quinolinium in benchmark crystals. The benzothiazolium crystals consisting of new acentric core HMB (2-(4-hydroxy-3-methoxystyryl)-3-methylbenzo[d]thiazol-3-ium) exhibit extremely large macroscopic optical nonlinearity with optimal molecular ordering for maximizing the diagonal second-order nonlinearity. HMB-based single crystals prepared by simple cleaving method satisfy all required crystal characteristics for intense THz wave generation such as large crystal size with parallel surfaces, moderate thickness and high optical quality with large optical transparency range (580-1620 nm). Optical rectification of 35 fs pulses at the technologically very important wavelength of 800 nm in 0.26 mm thick HMB crystal leads to one order of magnitude higher THz wave generation efficiency with remarkably broader bandwidth compared to standard inorganic 0.5 mm thick ZnTe crystal. Therefore, newly developed HMB crystals introducing benzothiazolium with extremely large macroscopic optical nonlinearity are very promising materials for intense broadband THz wave generation and other nonlinear optical applications. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  12. Optical Investigation of Nanoconfined Crystal Growth

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    Kohler, F.; Dysthe, D. K.

    2015-12-01

    Crystals growing in a confined space exert forces on their surroundings. This crystallization force causes deformation of solids and is therefore particularly relevant for the comprehension of geological processes such as replacement and weathering [1]. In addition, these forces are relevant for the understanding of damages in porous building materials caused by crystallization, which is of great economical importance and fundamental for methods that can help to preserve our cultural heritage [2,3]. However, the exact behavior of the growth and the dissolution process in close contact to an interface are still not known in detail. The crystallization, the dissolution and the transport of material is mediated by a nanoconfined water film. We observe brittle NaClO3 crystals growing against a glass surface by optical methods such as reflective interference contrast microscopy (RICM) [4]. In order to carefully control the supersaturation of the fluid close to the crystal interface, a temperature regulated microfluidic system is used (fig. A). The interference based precision of RICM enables to resolve distance variations down to the sub nanometer range without any unwanted disturbances by the measuring method. The combination of RICM with a sensitive camera allows us to observe phenomena such as periodic, wavelike growth of atomic layers. These waves are particularly obvious when observing the difference between two consecutive images (fig. B). In contradiction to some theoretical results, which predict a smooth interface, some recent experiments have shown that the nanoconfined growth surfaces are rough. In combination with theoretical studies and Kinetic Monte Carlo simulations we aim at providing more realistic descriptions of surface energies and energy barriers which are able to explain the discrepancies between experiments and current theory. References:[1] Maliva, Diagenetic replacement controlled by force of crystallization, Geology, August (1988), v. 16 [2] G

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Extreme Nonlinear Optics With Liquid Crystals

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    2006-10-31

    Photorefractive CdSe and gold nanowire -doped liquid crystals and polymer-dispersed-liquid-crystal photonic crystals,” Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst. 446: 233...Mallouk, “ Photorefractive CdSe and gold nanowire -doped liquid crystals and polymer-dispersed-liquid-crystal photonic crystals,” Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst...Williams, B. Lewis and T. Mallouk, “Photorefractive CdSe and gold nanowire -doped liquid crystals and polymer-dispersed-liquid-crystal photonic

  17. Thermo optical study of nematic liquid crystal doped with ferrofluid

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    Jessy P., J.; Shalini, M.; Patel, Nainesh; Sarawade, Pradip; Radha, S.

    2017-05-01

    Liquid crystal composite materials with tunable physical properties are of great scientific interest because of optoelectronic and biomedical applications. We report our study of modified optical properties of 5CB Nematic Liquid Crystal (NLC) by doping with ferrofluid at low concentrations of 0.1% by the investigation of thermo optic behaviour. The observed sensitivity of optical response in ferrofluid doped NLC is expected to pave way for several thermo-optic applications.

  18. Instrumentation for Recording Optically Induced Dynamic Ferroelectric Domain Gratings and Generating Quasi-Phase Matched, Tunable Second Harmonic Light.

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    1995-11-30

    This grant was used to purchase a Coherent 400-15 Innova laser and a Mira 900 Dual Cavity Mode Locked Ti-Sapphire laser for use in our research on investigating the optical properties of photorefractive crystals.

  19. 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.

  20. Optical vortex converter with helical-periodically poled ferroelectric crystal.

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    Tian, Linghao; Ye, Fangwei; Chen, Xianfeng

    2011-06-06

    A kind of optical vortex converter is proposed in helical-periodically poled ferroelectric crystal based on transverse electro-optics effect. It can be used to generate optical vortex from non-vortex beam and transform the topological charge of optical vortex. An optical vortex adder or substrator is proposed under the control of electric filed. This device will find its applications in high dimensional communication system for signal processing and optical manipulation in micro and mesoscopic scale.

  1. Structural and optical properties of AlGaN/GaN quantum well structures grown by MOCVD on sapphire

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    Niebuhr, R.; Bachem, K.H.; Behr, D.

    1997-12-31

    AlGaN/GaN single quantum wells (QW) have been grown on 2 in. sapphire substrates (c-plane) by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). The well width was varied between 20 and 40 {angstrom} for barriers containing 4% and 16% of aluminum. Cathodoluminescence (CL) and Photoluminescence (PL) spectra of the samples show, as expected, a shift of the quantum well emission to higher energies with decreasing well width, whereas the barrier luminescence stays at constant energy. Examination of the QWs by resonant Raman spectroscopy tuned to the gap of the well, clearly shows the GaN A{sub 1}(LO) phonon besides the AlGaN A{sub 1}(LO) phonon from the barrier. For a well width of 20 {angstrom} the authors observe a shift of the A{sub 1}(LO) GaN phonon indicating a certain degree of intermixing at the GaN/AlGaN interface. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) reveals that the layers are growing in a 2-dimensional step flow growth mode with step heights of 3 and 6 {angstrom} corresponding to mono- and biatomic steps. High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM) micrographs of the 40 {angstrom} well show a very low interface roughness of 1--2 atomic layers.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Sapphire-fiber-based intrinsic Fabry-Perot interferometer

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

    1992-01-01

    A sapphire optical fiber intrinsic Fabry-Perot interferometric sensor is demonstrated. A length of multimode sapphire fiber that functions as a Fabry-Perot cavity is spliced to a silica single-mode fiber. The interferometric signals of this sensor are produced by the interference between the reflection from the silica-sapphire fiber splice and the reflection from the free end face of the sapphire fiber. This sensor has been demonstrated for temperature measurement. A resolution of 0.2 C has been obtained over a measurement range of 310 C to 976 C.

  5. Electro-optic phase modulation by polymer dispersed liquid crystals

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    Vicari, L.

    1997-05-01

    We present a mathematical model to describe the optical phase shift induced by polymer dispersed liquid crystals (PDLCs) on light impinging transversely on the sample. PDLCs are dispersions of liquid crystal microdroplets in a polymeric binder. Droplets appear as optically uniaxial spheres randomly oriented so that the material is optically isotropic. The application of an external electric field results in a reorientation of the liquid crystal and therefore in an electrically controllable optical uniaxicity of the material. The model is discussed by comparison with experimental data and with previous theory [F. Basile, F. Bloisi, L. Vicari, and F. Simoni, Phys. Rev. E 48, 432 (1993)].

  6. Double Sided Si(Ge)/Sapphire/III-Nitride Hybrid Structure

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    Park, Yeonjoon (Inventor); Choi, Sang Hyouk (Inventor)

    2016-01-01

    One aspect of the present invention is a double sided hybrid crystal structure including a trigonal Sapphire wafer containing a (0001) C-plane and having front and rear sides. The Sapphire wafer is substantially transparent to light in the visible and infrared spectra, and also provides insulation with respect to electromagnetic radio frequency noise. A layer of crystalline Si material having a cubic diamond structure aligned with the cubic <111> direction on the (0001) C-plane and strained as rhombohedron to thereby enable continuous integration of a selected (SiGe) device onto the rear side of the Sapphire wafer. The double sided hybrid crystal structure further includes an integrated III-Nitride crystalline layer on the front side of the Sapphire wafer that enables continuous integration of a selected III-Nitride device on the front side of the Sapphire wafer.

  7. Milli-electronvolt monochromatization of hard X-rays with a sapphire backscattering monochromator

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    Sergueev, I.; Wille, H.-C.; Hermann, R. P.; Bessas, D.; Shvyd’ko, Yu. V.; Zając, M.; Rüffer, R.

    2011-01-01

    A sapphire backscattering monochromator with 1.1 (1) meV bandwidth for hard X-rays (20–40 keV) is reported. The optical quality of several sapphire crystals has been studied and the best crystal was chosen to work as the monochromator. The small energy bandwidth has been obtained by decreasing the crystal volume impinged upon by the beam and by choosing the crystal part with the best quality. The monochromator was tested at the energies of the nuclear resonances of 121Sb at 37.13 keV, 125Te at 35.49 keV, 119Sn at 23.88 keV, 149Sm at 22.50 keV and 151Eu at 21.54 keV. For each energy, specific reflections with sapphire temperatures in the 150–300 K region were chosen. Applications to nuclear inelastic scattering with these isotopes are demonstrated. PMID:21862862

  8. 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.

  9. Optical defect modes in chiral liquid crystals

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    Belyakov, V. A.; Semenov, S. V.

    2011-04-15

    An analytic approach to the theory of optical defect modes in chiral liquid crystals (CLCs) is developed. The analytic study is facilitated by the choice of the problem parameters. Specifically, an isotropic layer (with the dielectric susceptibility equal to the average CLC dielectric susceptibility) sandwiched between two CLC layers is studied. The chosen model allows eliminating the polarization mixing and reducing the corresponding equations to the equations for light of diffracting polarization only. The dispersion equation relating the defect mode (DM) frequency to the isotropic layer thickness and an analytic expression for the field distribution in the DM structure are obtained and the corresponding dependences are plotted for some values of the DM structure parameters. Analytic expressions for the transmission and reflection coefficients of the DM structure (CLC-defect layer-CLC) are presented and analyzed for nonabsorbing, absorbing, and amplifying CLCs. The anomalously strong light absorption effect at the DM frequency is revealed. The limit case of infinitely thick CLC layers is considered in detail. It is shown that for distributed feedback lasing in a defect structure, adjusting the lasing frequency to the DM frequency results in a significant decrease in the lasing threshold. The DM dispersion equations are solved numerically for typical values of the relevant parameters. Our approach helps clarify the physics of the optical DMs in CLCs and completely agrees with the corresponding results of the previous numerical investigations.

  10. Recent advances in liquid-crystal fiber optics and photonics

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    Woliński, T. R.; Siarkowska, A.; Budaszewski, D.; Chychłowski, M.; Czapla, A.; Ertman, S.; Lesiak, P.; Rutkowska, K. A.; Orzechowski, K.; Sala-Tefelska, M.; Sierakowski, M.; DÄ browski, R.; Bartosewicz, B.; Jankiewicz, B.; Nowinowski-Kruszelnicki, E.; Mergo, P.

    2017-02-01

    Liquid crystals over the last two decades have been successfully used to infiltrate fiber-optic and photonic structures initially including hollow-core fibers and recently micro-structured photonic crystal fibers (PCFs). As a result photonic liquid crystal fibers (PLCFs) have been created as a new type of micro-structured fibers that benefit from a merge of "passive" PCF host structures with "active" LC guest materials and are responsible for diversity of new and uncommon spectral, propagation, and polarization properties. This combination has simultaneously boosted research activities in both fields of Liquid Crystals Photonics and Fiber Optics by demonstrating that optical fibers can be more "special" than previously thought. Simultaneously, photonic liquid crystal fibers create a new class of fiber-optic devices that utilize unique properties of the photonic crystal fibers and tunable properties of LCs. Compared to "classical" photonic crystal fibers, PLCFs can demonstrate greatly improved control over their optical properties. The paper discusses the latest advances in this field comprising PLCFs that are based on nanoparticles-doped LCs. Doping of LCs with nanoparticles has recently become a common method of improving their optical, magnetic, electrical, and physical properties. Such a combination of nanoparticles-based liquid crystals and photonic crystal fibers can be considered as a next milestone in developing a new class of fiber-based optofluidic systems.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Sapphire tube pressure vessel

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    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.

  15. 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.

  16. Single-frequency CW Ti:sapphire laser with intensity noise manipulation and continuous frequency-tuning.

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    Jin, Pixian; Lu, Huadong; Wei, Yixiao; Su, Jing; Peng, Kunchi

    2017-01-01

    We present a tunable single-frequency CW Ti:sapphire laser with intensity noise manipulation. The manipulation of the laser intensity noise is realized by varying the frequency of the modulation signal loaded on the electrodes of an intracavity electro-optic etalon. A lithium niobate (LiNbO3) crystal is used to act as the electro-optic etalon, and its electro-optic effect is utilized to modulate the intracavity laser intensity for locking itself to the oscillating wavelength of the laser to implement continuous frequency-tuning. When the electro-optic etalon is locked to the oscillating mode of the Ti:sapphire laser with arbitrarily selected modulation frequency, the maximal continuous frequency-tuning range can reach to 20 GHz, and the laser intensity noise is successfully manipulated simultaneously.

  17. Optical evaluation of digital micromirror devices (DMDs) with UV-grade fused silica, sapphire, and magnesium fluoride windows and long-term reflectance of bare devices

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

    2016-07-01

    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 (+/-12°). 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).

  18. 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).

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Interference of convergent polarized light to test crystal optical surface

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    Duan, Cun-li; Zhang, Su-juan; Hu, Xiao-ying; Lu, Shao-jun

    2010-10-01

    Due to properties required of optical elements, it is very important to detect the surface of non-contact object in modern science and technology fields. There are so many methods for detection of object surface, most of which are for isotropic and optical uniform media devices, and mainly utilize optical plane reflection of device under test to obtain. But ones for crystal optical surface are few. The method is put forward to use interference of convergent polarized light to measure optical surface of uniaxial and biaxial crystal in the paper. The basic principle is analyzed that is about interference of polarized light, and the relationship is derivate that is between interference pattern of polarized light formed after spherical light via crystal devices and crystal optical surface. The numerical computation is done by means of MATLAB. Data processing software is programmed. The data relationship is simulated and calculated between interference pattern of polarized light and crystal optical surface. And corresponding curve is plotted out. The testing experimental equipment is designed and set up, which can measure the surface of uniaxial crystal (wave-plate) and biaxial crystal (KTP) whose accuracy may come up to 0.5μm.

  3. Terahertz generation by optical rectification in uniaxial birefringent crystals

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    Rowley, J. D.; Wahlstrand, J. K.; Zawilski, K. T.; Schunemann, P. G.; Giles, N. C.; Bristow, A. D.

    2012-07-01

    The angular dependence of terahertz (THz) emission from birefringent crystals can differ significantly from that of cubic crystals. Here we consider optical rectification in uniaxial birefringent materials, such as chalcopyrite crystals. The analysis is verified in (110)-cut ZnGeP_2 and compared to (zincblende) GaP. Although the crystals share the same nonzero second-order tensor elements, the birefringence in chalcopyrite crystals cause the pump pulse polarization to evolve as it propagates through the crystal, resulting in a drastically different angular dependence in chalcopyrite crystals. The analysis is extended to {012}- and {114}-cut chalcopyrite crystals and predicts more efficient conversion for the {114} crystal cut over the {012}- and {110}-cuts.

  4. Optical properties of a-plane InGaN/GaN multiple quantum wells on r-plane sapphire substrates with different indium compositions

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    Chiu, C. H.; Kuo, S. Y.; Lo, M. H.; Ke, C. C.; Wang, T. C.; Lee, Y. T.; Kuo, H. C.; Lu, T. C.; Wang, S. C.

    2009-03-01

    A-plane InxGa1-xN/GaN (x =0.09, 0.14, 0.24, and 0.3) multiple-quantum-wells (MQWs) samples, with a well width of about 4.5 nm, were achieved by utilizing r-plane sapphire substrates. Optical quality was investigated by means of photoluminescence (PL), cathodoluminescence, and time resolved PL measurements (TRPL). Two distinguishable emission peaks were examined from the low temperature PL spectra, where the high- and low-energy peaks were ascribed to quantum wells and localized states, respectively. Due to an increase in the localized energy states and absence of quantum confined Stark effect, the quantum efficiency was increased with increasing indium composition up to 24%. As the indium composition reached 30%, however, pronounced deterioration in luminescence efficiency was observed. The phenomenon could be attributed to the high defect densities in the MQWs resulted from the increased accumulation of strain between the InGaN well and GaN barrier. This argument was verified from the much shorter carrier lifetime at 15 K and smaller activation energy for In0.3Ga0.7N/GaN MQWs. In addition, the polarization-dependent PL revealed that the degree of polarization decreased with increasing indium compositions because of the enhancement of zero-dimensional nature of the localizing centers. Our detailed investigations indicate that the indium content in a-plane InGaN/GaN MQWs not only has an influence on optical performance, but is also important for further application of nitride semiconductors.

  5. Piezo-optic coefficients of CaWO4 crystals

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    Mytsyk, B. G.; Kost', Ya. P.; Demyanyshyn, N. M.; Andrushchak, A. S.; Solskii, I. M.

    2015-01-01

    All components of the piezo-optic coefficient matrix of calcium tungstate crystals, belonging to the 4/ m symmetry class, are determined. The reliability of the piezo-optic effect measurements in CaWO4 crystals is achieved by determining each piezo-optic coefficient from several experimental geometries and is also based on the correlation of the absolute piezo-electric coefficients and the path-difference coefficients. The rotation-shear diagonal coefficients π44 and π66 and three principal piezo-optic coefficients π11, π13, and π31 are refined by the polarization-optical method. It is confirmed that both the interferometric and polarization-optical methods should be used to study the piezo-optic effect with high accuracy. The results show that calcium tungstate is a promising material for acousto-optical and photoelastic modulation.

  6. Optical limiter based on two-dimensional nonlinear photonic crystals

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    Belabbas, Amirouche; Lazoul, Mohamed

    2016-04-01

    The aim behind this work is to investigate the capabilities of nonlinear photonic crystals to achieve ultra-fast optical limiters based on third order nonlinear effects. The purpose is to combine the actions of nonlinear effects with the properties of photonic crystals in order to activate the photonic band according to the magnitude of the nonlinear effects, themselves a function of incident laser power. We are interested in designing an optical limiter based nonlinear photonic crystal operating around 1064 nm and its second harmonic at 532 nm. Indeed, a very powerful solid-state laser that can blind or destroy optical sensors and is widely available and easy to handle. In this work, we perform design and optimization by numerical simulations to determine the better structure for the nonlinear photonic crystal to achieve compact and efficient integrated optical limiter. The approach consists to analyze the band structures in Kerr-nonlinear two-dimensional photonic crystals as a function of the optical intensity. We confirm that these bands are dynamically red-shifted with regard to the bands observed in linear photonic crystals or in the case of weak nonlinear effects. The implemented approach will help to understand such phenomena as intensitydriven optical limiting with Kerr-nonlinear photonic crystals.

  7. New buffer layers for GaN on sapphire by atomic layer and molecular stream epitaxy

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    Piner, E.L.; He, Y.W.; Boutros, K.S.; McIntosh, F.G.; Roberts, J.C.; Bedair, S.M.; El-Masry, N.A.

    1996-11-01

    The current approach of depositing a low temperature then annealed AlN or GaN buffer for the growth of GaN on sapphire results in a high dislocation density. These dislocations thread through the GaN layer to the surface. Reducing their density either by growing thicker films or using a strained layer superlattice is ineffective. Two new approaches for AlN/GaN buffer layer growth for GaN on sapphire have been employed: Atomic Layer Epitaxy (ALE) and molecular Stream Epitaxy (MSE). ALE is distinguished by organo-metallic/ammonia separation while MSE is distinguished by cyclic annealing of the growing film. Both ALE and MSE enhance two dimensional growth of single crystal GaN on sapphire. The structural quality of epitaxial GaN grown on these buffer layers was studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and x-ray diffraction (XRD). The initial result for the ALE buffer shows an improved quality GaN film with lower defect densities. The MSE grown buffer layer closely resembles that of conventionally grown MOCVD buffer layers observed by others, with dislocations threading through the GaN epilayer. The effects of these buffer layers on the structural and optical properties of GaN grown on sapphire will be presented.

  8. Thermo-optical and magneto-optical characteristics of CeF3 crystal

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    Mironov, Evgeniy A.; Starobor, Aleksey V.; Snetkov, Ilya L.; Palashov, Oleg V.; Furuse, Hiroaki; Tokita, Shigeki; Yasuhara, Ryo

    2017-07-01

    Thermo-optical and magneto-optical characteristics of a uniaxial CeF3 crystal have been investigated. Its optical anisotropy parameter, magneto-optical figure of merit, and the ratio of the thermo-optical constants P and Q have been measured. The found characteristics have been compared with the corresponding values for the TGG crystal. Based on the obtained results it has been concluded that, despite its anisotropy, the CeF3 crystal is promising material for the development of Faraday isolators for high-power lasers.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Demonstrating Crystal Optics Using Microwaves on Wood Targets.

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    Perkalskis, Benjamin S.; Freeman, J. Reuben

    1995-01-01

    Presents a simple yet effective means for demonstrating crystal optics using a microwave beam on wood targets. Describes a method to quantitatively examine the separation of ordinary and extraordinary waves. (JRH)

  13. All-optical gates based on photonic crystal resonators

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    Moille, Grégory; De Rossi, Alfredo; Combrié, Sylvain

    2016-04-01

    We briefly review the technology of advanced nonlinear resonators for all-optical gating with a specific focus on the application of high-performance signal sampling and on the properties of III-V semiconductor photonic crystals

  14. Orientation of optic axis in wedged photorefractive crystals

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    Kos, Konstantine; Siahmakoun, Azad Z.

    1996-02-01

    A holographic method for finding the orientation of the optic axis of uniaxial photorefractive crystals is proposed. A theoretical procedure for determining the wedge angle of such crystals has also been developed. Two BaTiO 3 crystals grown by the same vender are examined and the resulting measurements lead to the values of wedge angle with an accuracy of about ±0.1°.

  15. Conventional and nonlinear optical microscopy of liquid crystal colloids

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    Lee, Taewoo; Smalyukh, Ivan I.

    The fast-growing field of liquid crystal colloids requires increasingly sophisticated optical microscopy tools for experimental studies. Recent technological advances have resulted in a vast body of new imaging modalities, such as nonlinear optical microscopy techniques, that were developed to achieve high resolution while probing director structures and material composition at length scales ranging from hundreds of nanometers to oscopic. These techniques are ideally suited for experimental exploration of liquid crystal colloids. The goal of this chapter is to introduce a variety of optical microscopy techniques available to researchers in the field, starting from basic principles and finishing with a discussion of the most advanced microscopy systems. We describe traditional imaging tools, such as bright field and polarizing optical microscopy, along with state-of-the-art orientationsensitive three-dimensional imaging techniques, such as various nonlinear optical microscopies. Applications of these different imaging approaches are illustrated by providing specific examples of imaging of liquid crystal colloids and other soft matter systems.

  16. Damage testing of sapphire and Ti: sapphire laser materials

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    1999-01-01

    Diffusion bonded sapphire and Ti (Titanium). Sapphire laser materials that will be damage tested to determine if there is an increase in damage threshold. Photographed in building 1145, photographic studio.

  17. Study on the dimensional, configurational and optical evolution of palladium nanostructures on c-plane sapphire by the control of annealing temperature and duration

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    Sui, Mao; Zhang, Quanzhen; Kunwar, Sundar; Pandey, Puran; Li, Ming-Yu; Lee, Jihoon

    2017-09-01

    Metallic nanostructures can find various applications such as in optoelectronic devices, nanostructure synthesis and catalytic applications and their applicability vary depending on their size, density and configuration dependent properties. In this paper, the dimensional and configurational evolution of self-assembled palladium (Pd) nanostructures is systematically studied on c-plane sapphire with the control of annealing temperature (AT) and annealing duration with the initial Pd layers of various thicknesses. Depending on the AT, two distinct growth regimes are observed based on the concurrent effect of surface diffusion, surface energy minimization and Pd sublimation: i.e. (i) agglomeration of Pd nano-clusters from voids (500 < AT ≤ 650 °C) and (ii) round nanoparticle (NP) fabrication (650 °C < AT ≤ 900 °C). At 950 °C, due to the sublimation of Pd atoms, substantial decrease in the NP dimension is witnessed and results in the ring patterns around the NPs. Additional investigation is performed at 950 °C to reveal the annealing duration effect on the NP evolution. Due to the dual effect of the Oswald ripening and atom sublimation, initially the dimension of NPs is grown and then gradually decays along with the duration, resulting in an inverted 'V' pattern evolution in diameter and height. Moreover, the evolution of optical properties such as absorption band and average reflectance are studied with the corresponding reflectance spectra as a function of wavelength over UV, visible and NIR region. The Raman spectra analysis depicts the variation of lattice vibration peak intensity and position based on the surface morphology of the Pd nanostructures.

  18. Evolution of morphological and optical properties of self-assembled Ag nanostructures on c-plane sapphire (0001) by the precise control of deposition amount

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    Kunwar, Sundar; Li, Ming-Yu; Pandey, Puran; Sui, Mao; Zhang, Quanzhen; Lee, Jihoon

    2016-12-01

    Silver (Ag) nanoparticles (NPs) have been widely adapted in various optoelectronic and sensing applications due to the size, shape and density dependent tunable properties. In this work, the systematic control of the size, configuration and density of self-assembled Ag nanostructures on c-plane sapphire (0001) is demonstrated through the solid state dewetting process by the variation of deposition amount (DA) at two distinctive temperature of 400 °C and 650 °C. The corresponding morphological evolution of Ag nanostructures is systematically discussed based on the diffusion, Volmer-Weber and coalescence growth model. In specific, at the relatively lower temperature of 400 °C, the Ag nanostructures evolve in three distinctive regimes based on the DA control: i.e. the dome-shaped Ag NPs between 2 and 14 nm (regime I), the irregular nano-mounds (NMs) between 20 and 40 nm (regime II), and the coalescence of Ag NMs into a layer between 60 and 200 nm (regime III). Meanwhile, at the relatively higher temperature of 650 °C, due to growth regime shift induced by the enhanced surface diffusion based on the increased thermal energy, the connected Ag NMs are resulted even at higher DAs and evolve along with the gradually increased DAs. The evolution of optical properties such as average reflectivity, plasmonic absorption band and the reflectance maxima (peaks) very sensitively respond to the evolution of size, shape and spacing of Ag nanostructures and discussed based on the surface plasmon, reflection and scattering. Specifically, the dome-shaped configuration exhibits strong absorption in the NIR region and weak absorption in visible region while the elongated NMs show the enhanced absorption in visible region. Furthermore, the Raman spectra (A 1g vibrational mode) of the Ag nanostructures demonstrate the strong correlation with the evolution of size, density and surface coverage of the nanostructures.

  19. Impact of Liquid Crystals in Active and Adaptive Optics

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    Arines, Justo

    2009-01-01

    Active and dynamic modulation of light has been one of major contributions of liquid crystals to Optics. The spectrum of application range from signposting panels to high resolution imaging. The development of new materials is the key to continued progress in this field. To promote this we will present in this paper recent uses of liquid crystals as active or adaptive modulators of light. Besides, we will reflect on their current limitations. We expect with this to contribute to the progress in the field of liquid crystals and thus the development of new useful tools for Active and Adaptive Optics.

  20. Acousto-optics of liquid crystals: Yesterday, today, and tomorrow

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    Kapustina, O. A.

    2014-09-01

    The most important results of the recent theoretical and experimental studies in the field of acousto-optics of liquid crystals (LCs) in research lines initiated by the pioneering studies of Professor A.P. Kapustin at the Institute of Crystallography of the Russian Academy of Sciences and carried out at the Acoustic Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences are generalized and analyzed. These lines include the study of the nature of acoustically induced supramolecular structures in nematic liquid crystals (NLCs) and cholesteric liquid crystals (CLCs) and the development of physical bases of practical LC acousto-optics, related to the detection of acoustic signals.

  1. 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.

  2. Study on sapphire microstructure processing technology based on wet etching

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    Shang, Ying-Qi; Qi, Hong; Ma, Yun-Long; Wu, Ya-Lin; Zhang, Yan; Chen, Jing

    2017-03-01

    Aiming at the problem that sapphire surface roughness is quite large after wet etching in sapphire microstructure processing technology, we optimize the wet etching process parameters, study on the influences of concentration and temperature of etching solution and etching time on the sapphire surface roughness and etching rate, choose different process parameters for the experiment and test and analyze the sapphire results after wet etching. Aiming at test results, we also optimize the process parameters and do experiment. Experimental results show that, after optimizing the parameters of etching solution, surface roughness of etched sapphire is 0.39 nm, effectively with reduced surface roughness, improved light extraction efficiency and meeting the production requirements of high-precision optical pressure sensor.

  3. Optical and electrical properties of glycine manganese chloride crystal

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    Venkatesan, G.; Kathiravan, V.; Pari, S.

    2017-06-01

    The organo-metal material of Glycine Manganese Chloride has been grown by solvent evaporation solution growth method. Single crystal XRD study has been carried out to confirm the grown crystal. FT-IR was recorded to identify the functional groups present in the crystal. The linear optical property of the grown crystal was analyzed by UV-Vis spectrum. Third order nonlinear optical properties was measured by Z-scan technique using Nd:YAG laser at 532 nm. Fluorescence emission revealed that can serve as a photo active material. Impedance and dielectric studies were also carried out for the material. Thermal property of the sample was analyzed by TG and DTA studies. The predicted NLO properties, UV-Vis absorbance and Z-scan studies indicate that the attractive material for optical applications.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Observation of extraordinary optical activity in planar chiral photonic crystals.

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    Konishi, Kuniaki; Bai, Benfeng; Meng, Xiangfeng; Karvinen, Petri; Turunen, Jari; Svirko, Yuri P; Kuwata-Gonokami, Makoto

    2008-05-12

    Control of light polarization is a key technology in modern photonics including application to optical manipulation of quantum information. The requisite is to obtain large rotation in isotropic media with small loss. We report on extraordinary optical activity in a planar dielectric on-waveguide photonic crystal structure, which has no in-plane birefringence and shows polarization rotation of more than 25 degrees for transmitted light. We demonstrate that in the planar chiral photonic crystal, the coupling of the normally incident light wave with low-loss waveguide and Fabry-Pérot resonance modes results in a dramatic enhancement of the optical activity.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Petrogenesis of alkaline basalt-hosted sapphire megacrysts. Petrological and geochemical investigations of in situ sapphire occurrences from the Siebengebirge Volcanic Field, Germany

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    Baldwin, L. C.; Tomaschek, F.; Ballhaus, C.; Gerdes, A.; Fonseca, R. O. C.; Wirth, R.; Geisler, T.; Nagel, T.

    2017-06-01

    Megacrystic sapphires are frequently associated with alkaline basalts, most notably in Asia and Australia, although basalt is not generally normative in corundum. Most of these sapphire occurrences are located in alluvial or eluvial deposits, making it difficult to study the enigmatic relationship between the sapphires and their host rocks. Here, we present detailed petrological and geochemical investigations of in situ megacrystic sapphires within alkaline basalts from the Cenozoic Siebengebirge Volcanic Field (SVF) in Germany. Markedly, the sapphires show several micrometer thick spinel coronas at the contact with the host basalt, indicating chemical disequilibrium between the sapphire and the basaltic melt, supporting a xenogenetic relationship. However, in situ U-Pb dating of a Columbite Group inclusion within one Siebengebirge sapphire using laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) indicates a close genetic relationship between sapphire crystallization and alkaline mafic volcanism in the SVF. The syngenetic mineral inclusion suite including carbonates, members of the Pyrochlore, Betafite and Columbite Groupe minerals, as well as a high abundance of HFSE and of gaseous low-density CO2 inclusions support a parentage of a highly evolved, MgO and FeO deficient carbonatitic melt. We identified CO2 to be the link between alkaline basaltic volcanism and the xenocrystic sapphires. Only alkaline volcanic suites can build up enough CO2 in this magma chamber upon fractionation so that at high degrees of fractionation a carbonatitic melt exsolves which in turn can crystallize sapphires.

  14. Multicolor filter all-garnet magneto-optical photonic crystals.

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    Ansari, N; Khartsev, S I; Grishin, A M

    2012-09-01

    We demonstrate a multicolor optical filter and isolator based on a double-cavity magneto-optical (MO) photonic crystal. Being grown as a heteroepitaxial all-garnet multilayer, it compromises a strong MO response and high optical transmittance. Low-loss, high Faraday rotation passbands as well as strong light rejection within the stop band were achieved by optimization of distance between cavities and repetition number of distributed Bragg reflectors.

  15. Electrothermo-optical effect in liquid crystals and its applications

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    Hsiao, Yu-Cheng; Lee, Wei

    2017-02-01

    Electro-optical effects in liquid crystals (LCs) have been widely utilized in many optical components and photonic devices, thanks to the anisotropic media that can be easily manipulated by an electric field to modulate the light. In general, dielectric heating in LC applications is negligible because their orientational dielectric relaxations occur at high frequencies. Here we focus on a dual-frequency LC characterized by its much lower relaxation frequency. The fieldinduced heat strongly affects the LC ordering and optical properties. The electrothermo-optical effect reveals an unusual behavior compared with the well-known electro-optical effect in regular LCs. Based on the electrothermo-optical effect, some applications such as optical modulators or tunable optical shutters are demonstrated.

  16. Ti:sapphire - A theoretical assessment for its spectroscopy

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    Da Silva, A.; Boschetto, D.; Rax, J. M.; Chériaux, G.

    2017-03-01

    This article tries to theoretically compute the stimulated emission cross-sections when we know the oscillator strength of a broad material class (dielectric crystals hosting metal-transition impurity atoms). We apply the present approach to Ti:sapphire and check it by computing some emission cross-section curves for both π and σ polarizations. We also set a relationship between oscillator strength and radiative lifetime. Such an approach will allow future parametric studies for Ti:sapphire spectroscopic properties.

  17. Final EDP Ti: sapphire amplifiers for ELI project

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    Chvykov, Vladimir; Kalashnikov, Mikhail; Osvay, Károly

    2015-05-01

    Recently several ultrahigh intensity Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA) laser systems have reached petawatt output powers [1, 2] setting the next milestone at tens or even hundreds petawatts for the next three to ten years [3, 4]. These remarkable results were reached when laser amplifiers (opposite to Optical Parametric Amplification (OPA) [5]) were used as final ones and from them Ti:Sapphire crystals supposed to be the working horses as well in the future design of these laser systems. Nevertheless, the main limitation that arises on the path toward ultrahigh output power and intensity is the restriction on the pumping and extraction energy imposed by Transverse Amplified Spontaneous Emission (TASE) [6] and/or transverse parasitic generation (TPG) [7] within the large aperture of the disc-shape amplifier volume.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. Non-linear optical crystal vibration sensing device

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    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).

  1. 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.

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

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    Kulshrestha, Shobha Shrivastava, A. K.

    2016-05-06

    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 mm{sup 3}, 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.

  3. 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

  4. Ultrafast optical switching in Kerr nonlinear photonic crystals

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    Liu, Ye; Qin, Fei; Zhou, Fei; Meng, Qing-Bo; Zhang, Dao-Zhong; Li, Zhi-Yuan

    2010-09-01

    Nonlinear photonic crystals made from polystyrene materials that have Kerr nonlinearity can exhibit ultrafast optical switching when the samples are pumped by ultrashort optical pulses with high intensity due to the change of the refractive index of polystyrene and subsequent shift of the band gap edge or defect state resonant frequency. Polystyrene has a large Kerr nonlinear susceptibility and almost instantaneous response to pump light, making it suitable for the realization of ultrafast optical switching with a response time as short as a few femtoseconds. In this paper, we review our experimental progress on the continual improvement of all-optical switching speed in two-dimensional and three-dimensional polystyrene nonlinear photonic crystals in the past years. Several relevant issues are discussed and analyzed, including different mechanisms for all-optical switching, preparation of nonlinear photonic crystal samples by means of microfabrication and self-assembly techniques, characterization of optical switching performance by means of femtosecond pump-probe technique, and different ways to lower the pump power of optical switching to facilitate practical applications in optical information processing. Finally, a brief summary and a perspective of future work are provided.

  5. Compositional variations in optical characteristics of Mn doped spinel crystals

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    Katsumata, Toru; Mitomi, Hiromasa; Nagayama, Hijiri; Orihara, Yuka; Aoki, Mina; Yoshida, Ayaka; Shiratake, Kasumi; Minowa, Shunsuke; Sakuma, Takashi; Aizawa, Hiroaki; Komuro, Shuji

    2017-06-01

    Mn doped spinel (MgAl2O4) crystals have been grown by floating zone (FZ) techniques with various conditions of O2 concentrations in the growth atmosphere from 0 to 75 vol%, with a starting composition of molar ratio x=MgO/(MgO+Al2O3) from 0.3 to 1.0 and/or Mn concentrations from 1.0 to 6.0 at%. Optical absorption spectra and photoluminescence spectra were evaluated using crystals grown under various growth conditions. The color of the crystals is found to vary with their composition and the O2 concentration in the atmosphere. Crystals grown under a 100 vol% Ar atmosphere, were a pale green color and emitted a strong green luminescence at λ=520 nm. Colors of stoichiometric crystals, x=1.0, and Mg-poor crystals grown under an oxidizing atmosphere are yellow and red, respectively. Both optical absorption spectra and photoluminescence spectra of Mg-poor, x<1.0 crystals grown under an oxidizing (O2-Ar) atmosphere are found to vary greatly from those of the stoichiometric crystals.

  6. Electro-optic crystal mosaics for the generation of terahertz radiation

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    Carrig, T.J.; Taylor, A.J.; Stewart, K.R.

    1996-08-06

    Apparatus for the generation of high energy terahertz radiation is presented and comprises laser means effective to produce subpicosecond optical pulses and a mosaic comprising a plurality of planar electro-optic crystals fastened together edge to edge in the form of a grid. The electro-optic crystals are in optical communication with the subpicosecond optical pulses, and behave as a single large electro-optic crystal, producing high energy terahertz radiation by way of optical rectification. 5 figs.

  7. Electro-optic crystal mosaics for the generation of terahertz radiation

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    Carrig, Timothy J.; Taylor, Antoinette J.; Stewart, Kevin R.

    1996-01-01

    Apparatus for the generation of high energy terahertz radiation is presented and comprises laser means effective to produce subpicosecond optical pulses and a mosaic comprising a plurality of planar electro-optic crystals fastened together edge to edge in the form of a grid. The electro-optic crystals are in optical communication with the subpicosecond optical pulses, and behave as a single large electro-optic crystal, producing high energy terahertz radiation by way of optical rectification.

  8. Effect of hydrogen bonds on optical nonlinearities of inorganic crystals

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    Xue, Dongfeng; Zhang, Siyuan

    1999-03-01

    This work probes the role of hydrogen bonds (such as O-H⋯O and N-H⋯O) in some inorganic nonlinear optical (NLO) crystals, such as HIO 3, NH 4H 2PO 4 (ADP), K[B 5O 6(OH) 4]·2H 2O (KB 5) and K 2La(NO 3) 5·2H 2O (KLN), from the chemical bond standpoint. Second order NLO behaviors of these four typical inorganic crystals have been quantitatively studied, results show hydrogen bonds play a very important role in NLO contributions to the total nonlinearity. Conclusions derived here concerning the effect of hydrogen bonds on optical nonlinearities of inorganic crystals have important implications with regard to the utilization of hydrogen bonds in the structural design of inorganic NLO crystals.

  9. Optical properties of borate crystals in terahertz region

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    Antsygin, V. D.; Mamrashev, A. A.; Nikolaev, N. A.; Potaturkin, O. I.; Bekker, T. B.; Solntsev, V. P.

    2013-11-01

    In this paper we study the optical properties of a family of borate crystals comprising alpha and beta barium borates, barium fluoroborate, lithium triborate, and lithium tetraborate in the frequency range from 0.3 to 2.0 THz. We extract the refractive indices and absorption coefficients for both ordinary and extraordinary beams from terahertz time-domain spectroscopy data. All of the investigated crystals exhibit substantial birefringence and dichroism, which qualifies them as potential materials for terahertz polarization-optical devices. We also find an additional absorption band in barium borate crystals, which is not defined by the group of phonon modes lying above 2 THz. We argue that this phenomenon may be caused by excessive sodium atoms and ions in the crystal lattice.

  10. Possibility of increasing the optical breakdown threshold in KDP crystals

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    Bredikhin, V I; Ershov, V P; Burenina, V N; Mal'shakov, A N; Potemkin, A K

    2007-05-31

    The effect of various technological factors like the direction of crystal growth [(100) or (101)], acidity of the mother solution, growth rate, degree of filtration of the mother solution, purity of the starting raw material, specially introduced impurity (Pb), as well as after-growth thermal annealing, on the optical breakdown threshold of KDP crystals grown by the technique of rapid growth of profiled crystals is studied. It is shown that by using initial high-purity salts and fine filtration of solutions followed by after-growth annealing, it is possible to increase the optical breakdown threshold of profiled rapidly grown KDP crystals to values corresponding to the requirements of modern laser designs. (laser devices and elements)

  11. Crystal structure, growth and nonlinear optical studies of isonicotinamide p-nitrophenol: A new organic crystal for optical limiting applications

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    Vijayalakshmi, A.; Vidyavathy, B.; Vinitha, G.

    2016-08-01

    Isonicotinamide p-nitrophenol (ICPNP), a new organic material, was synthesized using methanol solvent. Single crystals of ICPNP were grown using a slow evaporation solution growth technique. Crystal structure of ICPNP is elucidated by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. It belongs to monoclinic crystal system with space group of P21/c. It forms two dimensional networks by O-H…O, N-H…O and C-H…O hydrogen bonds. The molecular structure of ICPNP was further confirmed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectral analysis. The optical transmittance range and the lower cut-off wavelength (421 nm) with the optical band gap (2.90 eV) of the ICPNP crystal were determined by UV-vis-NIR spectral study. Thermal behavior of ICPNP was studied by thermo gravimetric and differential thermal analyses (TG/DTA). The relative dielectric permittivity was calculated for various temperature ranges. Laser damage threshold of ICPNP crystal was found to be 1.9 GW/cm2 using an Nd:YAG laser. A Z-scan technique was employed to measure the nonlinear absorption coefficient, nonlinear refractive index and nonlinear optical susceptibility. Optical limiting behavior of ICPNP was observed at 35 mW input power.

  12. Optic properties of bile liquid crystals in human body

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    Yang, Hai Ming; Wu, Jie; Li, Jin Yi; Zhou, Jian Li; He, Li Jun; Xu, Xian Fang

    2000-01-01

    AIM: To further study the properties of bile liquid crystals, and probe into the relationship between bile liquid crystals and gallbladder stone formation, and provide evidence for the prevention and treatment of cholecystolithiasis. METHODS: The optic properties of bile liquid crystals in human body were determined by the method of crystal optics under polarizing microscope with plane polarized light and perpendicular polarized light. RESULTS: Under a polarizing microscope with plane polarized light, bile liquid crystals scattered in bile appeared round, oval or irregularly round. The color of bile liquid crystals was a little lighter than that of the bile around. When the stage was turned round, the color of bile liquid crystals or the darkness and lightness of the color did not change obviously. On the border between bile liquid crystals and the bile around, brighter Becke-Line could be observed. When the microscope tube is lifted, Becke-Line moved inward, and when lowered, Becke-Line moved outward. Under a perpendicular polarized light, bile liquid crystals showd some special interference patterns, called Malta cross. When the stage was turning round at an angle of 360°, the Malta cross showed four times of extinction. In the vibrating direction of 45° angle of relative to upper and lower polarizing plate, gypsum test-board with optical path difference of 530 nm was inserted, the first and the third quadrants of Malt a cross appeared to be blue, and the second and the fourth quadrants appeared orange. When mica test-board with optical path difference of 147 nm was inserted, the first and the third quadrants of Malta cross appeared yellow, and the second and the fourth quadrants appeared dark grey. CONCLUSION: The bile liquid crystals were distributed in bile in the form of global grains. Their polychroism and absorption were slight, but the edge and Becke*Line were very clear. Its refractive index was larger than that of the bile. These liquid crystals were

  13. CONDENSED MATTER: ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES: Comparative studies on Zn0.95Co0.05O thin films on C- and R-sapphire substrates

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    Peng, Ying-Zi; Thomas, Liew; Song, Wen-Dong; Chong, Chong Tow

    2009-12-01

    Zn0.95Co0.05O precipitate-free single crystal thin films were synthesized by a dual beam pulsed laser deposition method. The films form a wurtzite structure whose hexagonal axis is perpendicular or parallel to the plane of the surface depending on the C-plane (0001) or R-plane (11bar 20) sapphire substrate. Based on the results of high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction, C-plane films show larger lattice mismatch. The films exhibit magnetic and semiconductor properties at room temperature. The coercivity of the film is about 8000 A/m at room temperature. They are soft magnetic materials with small remanent squareness S for both crystal orientations. There is no evidence to show that the anisotropy is fixed to the hexagonal axis (C-axis) for the wurtzite structure.

  14. All-optical image processing with nonlinear liquid crystals

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    Hong, Kuan-Lun

    Liquid crystals are fascinating materials because of several advantages such as large optical birefringence, dielectric anisotropic, and easily compatible to most kinds of materials. Compared to the electro-optical properties of liquid crystals widely applied in displays and switching application, transparency through most parts of wavelengths also makes liquid crystals a better candidate for all-optical processing. The fast response time of liquid crystals resulting from multiple nonlinear effects, such as thermal and density effect can even make real-time processing realized. In addition, blue phase liquid crystals with spontaneously self-assembled three dimensional cubic structures attracted academic attention. In my dissertation, I will divide the whole contents into six parts. In Chapter 1, a brief introduction of liquid crystals is presented, including the current progress and the classification of liquid crystals. Anisotropy and laser induced director axis reorientation is presented in Chapter 2. In Chapter 3, I will solve the electrostrictive coupled equation and analyze the laser induced thermal and density effect in both static and dynamic ways. Furthermore, a dynamic simulation of laser induced density fluctuation is proposed by applying finite element method. In Chapter 4, two image processing setups are presented. One is the intensity inversion experiment in which intensity dependent phase modulation is the mechanism. The other is the wavelength conversion experiment in which I can read the invisible image with a visible probe beam. Both experiments are accompanied with simulations to realize the matching between the theories and practical experiment results. In Chapter 5, optical properties of blue phase liquid crystals will be introduced and discussed. The results of grating diffractions and thermal refractive index gradient are presented in this chapter. In addition, fiber arrays imaging and switching with BPLCs will be included in this chapter

  15. Modeling of Optical Aberration Correction using a Liquid Crystal Device

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    Xinghua, Wang; Bin, Wang; McManamon, Paul F.; Pouch, John J.; Miranda, Felix A.

    2006-01-01

    Gruneisen (sup 1-3), has shown that small, light weight, liquid crystal based devices can correct for the optical distortion caused by an imperfect primary mirror in a telescope and has discussed the efficiency of this correction. In this paper we expand on that work and propose a semi-analytical approach for quantifying the efficiency of a liquid crystal based wavefront corrector for this application.

  16. Optical and physical properties of ceramic crystal laser materials

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    Simmons, Jed A.

    Historically ceramic crystal laser material has had disadvantages compared to single crystal laser material. However, progress has been made in the last decade and a half to overcome the disadvantages associated with ceramic crystal. Today, because of the promise of ceramic crystal as a high power laser material, investigation into its properties, both physical and optical, is warranted and important. Thermal expansion was measured in this thesis for Nd:YAG (yttrium aluminum garnet) ceramic crystal using an interferometric method. The interferometer employed a spatially filtered HeNe at 633 nm wavelength. Thermal expansion coefficients measured for the ceramic crystal samples were near the reported values for single crystal Nd:YAG. With a similar experimental setup as that for the thermal expansion measurements, dn/dT for ceramic crystal Nd:YAG was measured and found to be slightly higher than the reported value for single crystal. Depolarization loss due to thermal gradient induced stresses can limit laser performance. As a result this phenomenon was modeled for ceramic crystal materials and compared to single crystals for slab and rod shaped gain media. This was accomplished using COMSOL Multiphysics, and MATLAB. Results indicate a dependence of the depolarization loss on the grain size where the loss decreases with decreased grain size even to the point where lower loss may be expected in ceramic crystals than in single crystal samples when the grain sizes in the ceramic crystal are sufficiently small. Deformation-induced thermal lensing was modeled for a single crystal slab and its relevance to ceramic crystal is discussed. Data indicates the most notable cause of deformation-induced thermal lensing is a consequence of the deformation of the top and bottom surfaces. Also, the strength of the lensing along the thickness is greater than the width and greater than that due to other causes of lensing along the thickness of the slab. Emission spectra, absorption

  17. Study of green light-emitting diodes grown on semipolar (11-22) GaN/m-sapphire with different crystal qualities

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    Oh, Dong-Sub; Jang, Jong-Jin; Nam, Okhyun; Song, Keun-Man; Lee, Sung-Nam

    2011-07-01

    We investigated the anisotropic optical and structural properties of semipolar (11-22) InGaN-based green light emitting diodes (LEDs) grown on GaN templates with the different crystallographic properties. By introducing the N 2-GaN as a seed layer grown at a N 2 atmosphere, the full width at half maximum (FWHMs) of X-ray rocking curves (XRCs) for semipolar GaN templates were decreased from 1331 to 727 arcsec and from 1955 to 1076 arcsec with the incident beam directions of [11-2-3] and [1-100], respectively. It was found that the interfacial qualities of InGaN/GaN quantum wells (QWs) would be improved by reducing the FWHMs of XRCs with regardless of crystallographic directions. However, the thickness uniformity of InGaN QWs was significantly deteriorated for the direction of [11-2-3] rather than [1-100]. In addition, the EL intensity of semipolar green LEDs would be increased by enhancing the crystal quality of semipolar GaN template, which could also be resulted in the formation of abrupt interface and the enhancement of homogeneity at InGaN/GaN QWs.

  18. Effects of MgO buffer annealing on optical and electrical quality of P-MBE grown ZnO films on c-sapphire

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    Setiawan, A.; Yao, T.

    2016-04-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) has been attracting much attention because of its potential applications in photonic and optoelectronic devices. In this present study, we investigated the effect of MgO buffer annealing on the optical and electrical quality of P-MBE grown ZnO films on c-sapphire with MgO buffer layer. The optical quality was observed by low-temperature PL (photoluminescence) measurement in the near band edge emission region measured at 10K and at 77K. The emission line located at 3.368eV dominates the spectrum in both samples (ZnO with and without MgO buffer annealing) at 10K and 77K. This emission can be divided into two peaks, 3.367eV and 3.363eV and assigned as I2 (ionized donor bound excitons emission) and I4 (Hydrogen donor related emission), respectively. The relative intensity of these donor bound exactions to free exaction emission of the sample without MgO buffer annealing is greater than that of the sample with MgO buffer annealing. Comparison of the PL spectra of ZnO with and without annealing revealed that the intensity of free exciton emission from the sample with MgO buffer annealing is twice of that from the sample without annealing. We also found that the intensity of deep-level broad emission is reduced by about 1/3 by MgO-buffer annealing. Hence, the decrease of deep level emission intensity and the increase of free exciton emission intensity by annealing of MgO buffer corresponds to the reduction of defects of the ZnO film. The PL properties also suggest that there are fewer nonradiative recombination centers in ZnO layers with MgO buffer annealing than those in ZnO layers grown without MgO buffer annealing. The electrical quality was measured by room temperature Hall measurements. We found that the samples have a background n-type carrier concentration. The ZnO samples with MgO buffer annealing has a carrier concentration of 1.17×1017 cm-3 and Hall mobility of 120 cm2/V.s, while the ZnO sample without MgO buffer annealing has a carrier

  19. Optical model of transient light scattering in ferroelectric liquid crystals

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    Loiko, V. A. Konkolovich, A. V.; Miskevich, A. A.

    2009-03-15

    A static optical model is developed for the effect of field-induced transient scattering on coherent light transmission through ferroelectric liquid crystals. Scattering processes are described by introducing an optically anisotropic medium containing scatterers (transient domains). The results presented in the paper are obtained for a plane parallel layer of ferroelectric liquid crystals with a planar helicoidal structure under normal illumination with a linearly polarized plane wave. An analysis is presented of the coherent transmittance of the layer in static applied electric fields.

  20. Optical vortices generated by dislocations in a cholesteric liquid crystal.

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    Voloschenko, D; Lavrentovich, O D

    2000-03-01

    We report the observation of optical vortices in a laser beam propagating through the stripe pattern of a cholesteric liquid crystal. The liquid crystal is confined in a cell with homogeneous boundary conditions and forms a diffraction phase grating. Optical vortices are produced by edge dislocations of the cholesteric grating. The vortices show up as spots of zero light intensity in the diffraction maxima. There is one spot in each +1 and -1 diffraction maximum and two spots in diffraction maxima +2 and -2.

  1. Thermo - optical studies of nematic liquid crystal elastomer

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    Gharde, Rita A.; Mani, Santosh A.; Lal, Suman; Tripathi, S. K.; Khosla, Samriti

    2014-10-01

    The influences of structural parameter on thermo - optical properties of Nematic Liquid Crystal Elastomer (NLCE) were studied using Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy and Polarizing Microscopy Studies (PMS). Dielectric Measurement was also performed in addition to these measurements. The NLCE used in the present study were synthesized, has a unique coupling between anisotropic order of Liquid crystal component and elasticity of polymer network. The investigations were performed as function of temperature during heating and cooling processes. The study revealed the correlation of thermo - optical behavior of NLCE with the crosslinking agent and temperature.

  2. Optical fiber tips functionalized with semiconductor photonic crystal cavities

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    Shambat, Gary; Provine, J.; Rivoire, Kelley; Sarmiento, Tomas; Harris, James; Vučković, Jelena

    2011-11-01

    We demonstrate a simple and rapid epoxy-based method for transferring photonic crystal (PC) cavities to the facets of optical fibers. Passive Si cavities were measured via fiber taper coupling as well as direct transmission from the fiber facet. Active quantum dot containing GaAs cavities showed photoluminescence that was collected both in free space and back through the original fiber. Cavities maintain a high quality factor (2000-4000) in both material systems. This design architecture provides a practical mechanically stable platform for the integration of photonic crystal cavities with macroscale optics and opens the door for innovative research on fiber-coupled cavity devices.

  3. Layer matching epitaxy of NiO thin films on atomically stepped sapphire (0001) substrates

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    Yamauchi, Ryosuke; Hamasaki, Yosuke; Shibuya, Takuto; Saito, Akira; Tsuchimine, Nobuo; Koyama, Koji; Matsuda, Akifumi; Yoshimoto, Mamoru

    2015-01-01

    Thin-film epitaxy is critical for investigating the original properties of materials. To obtain epitaxial films, careful consideration of the external conditions, i.e. single-crystal substrate, temperature, deposition pressure and fabrication method, is significantly important. In particular, selection of the single-crystal substrate is the first step towards fabrication of a high-quality film. Sapphire (single-crystalline α-Al2O3) is commonly used in industry as a thin-film crystal-growth substrate, and functional thin-film materials deposited on sapphire substrates have found industrial applications. However, while sapphire is a single crystal, two types of atomic planes exist in accordance with step height. Here we discuss the need to consider the lattice mismatch for each of the sapphire atomic layers. Furthermore, through cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy analysis, we demonstrate the uniepitaxial growth of cubic crystalline thin films on bistepped sapphire (0001) substrates. PMID:26402241

  4. Layer matching epitaxy of NiO thin films on atomically stepped sapphire (0001) substrates

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    Yamauchi, Ryosuke; Hamasaki, Yosuke; Shibuya, Takuto; Saito, Akira; Tsuchimine, Nobuo; Koyama, Koji; Matsuda, Akifumi; Yoshimoto, Mamoru

    2015-09-01

    Thin-film epitaxy is critical for investigating the original properties of materials. To obtain epitaxial films, careful consideration of the external conditions, i.e. single-crystal substrate, temperature, deposition pressure and fabrication method, is significantly important. In particular, selection of the single-crystal substrate is the first step towards fabrication of a high-quality film. Sapphire (single-crystalline α-Al2O3) is commonly used in industry as a thin-film crystal-growth substrate, and functional thin-film materials deposited on sapphire substrates have found industrial applications. However, while sapphire is a single crystal, two types of atomic planes exist in accordance with step height. Here we discuss the need to consider the lattice mismatch for each of the sapphire atomic layers. Furthermore, through cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy analysis, we demonstrate the uniepitaxial growth of cubic crystalline thin films on bistepped sapphire (0001) substrates.

  5. Nucleation kinetics, crystal growth and optical studies on lithium hydrogen oxalate monohydrate single crystal

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    Chandran, Senthilkumar; Paulraj, Rajesh; Ramasamy, P.

    2017-06-01

    Semi-organic lithium hydrogen oxalate monohydrate non-linear optical single crystals have been grown by slow evaporation solution technique at 40 °C. The nucleation parameters such as critical radius, interfacial tension, and critical free energy change have been evaluated using the experimental data. The solubility and the nucleation curve of the crystal at different temperatures have been analyzed. The crystal has a positive temperature coefficient of solubility. The metastable zone width and induction period have been determined for the aqueous solution growth of lithium hydrogen oxalate monohydrate. The UV-vis-NIR spectrum showed this crystal has high transparency. The photoconductivity studies indicate lithium hydrogen oxalate monohydrate has positive photoconductivity behaviour. The low etch pit density observed on (0 0 1) crystal surface and the high resolution x-ray difraction analysis indicate the good quality of the grown crystals

  6. Highly Non-Linear Optical (NLO) organic crystals

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    Harris, J. Milton

    1987-01-01

    This research project involves the synthesis and characterization of organic materials having powerful nonlinear optical (NLO) properties and the growth of highly ordered crystals and monomolecular films of these materials. Research in four areas is discussed: theoretical design of new materials, characterization of NLO materials, synthesis of new materials and development of coupling procedures for forming layered films, and improvement of the techniques for vapor phase and solution phase growth of high quality organic crystals. Knowledge gained from these experiments will form the basis for experiments in the growth of these crystals.

  7. Optical-diffraction method for determining crystal orientation

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    Sopori, B.L.

    1982-05-07

    Disclosed is an optical diffraction technique for characterizing the three-dimensional orientation of a crystal sample. An arbitrary surface of the crystal sample is texture etched so as to generate a pseudo-periodic diffraction grating on the surface. A laser light beam is then directed onto the etched surface, and the reflected light forms a farfield diffraction pattern in reflection. Parameters of the diffraction pattern, such as the geometry and angular dispersion of the diffracted beam are then related to grating shape of the etched surface which is in turn related to crystal orientation. This technique may be used for examining polycrystalline silicon for use in solar cells.

  8. Phenomenological study of binding in optically trapped photonic crystals

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    Maystre, D.; Vincent, P.

    2007-08-01

    We describe a phenomenological theory of the phenomenon of binding observed both experimentally and numerically when particles are trapped by an interference system in order to make a structure close to a photonic crystal. This theory leads to a very simple conclusion, which links the binding phenomenon to the bottom of the lowest bandgap of the trapped crystal in a given direction. The phenomenological theory allows one to calculate the period of the trapped crystal by using numerical tools on dispersion diagrams of photonic crystals. It emerges that the agreement of our theory with our rigorous numerical results given in a previous paper [J. Opt A8, 1059 (2006)] is better than 2% on the crystal period. Furthermore, it is shown that in two-dimensional problems and s polarization, all the optical forces derive from a scalar potential.

  9. The optical properties of alkali nitrate single crystals

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    Anan'ev, Vladimir; Miklin, Mikhail

    2000-08-01

    Absorption of non-polarized light by a uniaxial crystal has been studied. The degree of absorption polarization has been calculated as a function of the ratio of optical densities in the region of low and high absorbances. This function is proposed for analysis of the qualitative and quantitative characteristics of uniaxial crystal absorption spectra. Non-polarized light spectra of alkali nitrate single crystals, both pure and doped with thallium, have been studied. It is shown that the absorption band at 300 nm is due to two transitions, whose intensities depend on temperature in various ways. There is a weak band in a short wavelength range of the absorption spectrum of potassium nitrate crystal, whose intensity increases with thallium doping. The band parameters of alkali nitrate single crystals have been calculated. Low-energy transitions in the nitrate ion have been located.

  10. Study of high-temperature Smart Cut™: Application to silicon-on-sapphire films and to thin foils of single crystal silicon

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    Meyer, Raphaël; Kononchuck, Oleg; Moriceau, Hubert; Lemiti, Mustapha; Bruel, Michel

    2016-01-01

    Two novel processes of elaboration of silicon thin films and silicon foils are proposed, based on the knowledge brought from the Smart Cut™. The first relies on the laser-beam annealing of an implanted silicon wafer in order to induce a separation layer within the implanted wafer and a transfer upon a transparent wafer. The second consists in depositing a layer of liquid silicon upon an implanted silicon wafer and to form a silicon foil by liquid phase epitaxial growth that can be separated from the substrate by Smart Cut™. The separation kinetics of an implanted silicon wafer is characterized for temperature between 450 °C and 700 °C, considering doses of implantation from 3.5 ∗ 1016 H cm-2 to 1.0 ∗ 1017 H cm-2. The out-diffusion of hydrogen is studied by Energy Recoil Detection Analysis and a model of diffusion of hydrogen in implanted silicon is proposed. Based on this analysis, a model for the kinetics of splitting at high temperature is established. Smart Cut™ separation is demonstrated for temperature up to 1250 °C, considering an implanted silicon wafer bonded with a sapphire wafer, through which a laser beam anneals the structure. The kinetics of separation by laser beam annealing is characterized and compared to the kinetics established between 450 °C and 700 °C. The roughness of the silicon on sapphire film is characterized by Atomic Force Microscopy and a transfer is realized considering an implanted silicon bonded with a glass wafer of 200 mm of diameter. Finally, this article presents results of liquid silicon deposition onto an implanted silicon substrate. These results demonstrate the possibility to detach the film grown by liquid phase epitaxy and the upper part of the implanted substrate by Smart Cut™. Electron Backscattering Diffraction Pattern analysis is considered in order to demonstrate the occurrence of epitaxy of the deposited liquid onto the implanted substrate.

  11. Circularly polarized optical heterodyne interferometer for optical activity measurement of a quartz crystal.

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    Chou, Chien; Kuo, Wen-Chuan; Han, Chien-Yuan

    2003-09-01

    Phase retardation between two orthogonal circularly polarized light waves that propagate in an optical active medium is proportional to its optical activity. The measurement of optical activity of a quartz depolarizer in terms of the phase difference of two orthogonal circularly polarized waves is proposed. A circularly polarized optical heterodyne interferometer with a Zeeman laser to measure the optical activity of a quartz crystal is demonstrated experimentally. The accuracy of the measurement is discussed. In addition, the effect of elliptical polarization and nonorthogonality of linearly polarized light waves of a Zeeman laser on the optical activity measurement is analyzed.

  12. Polychromatic Optical Vortex Generation from Patterned Cholesteric Liquid Crystals

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    Kobashi, Junji; Yoshida, Hiroyuki; Ozaki, Masanori

    2016-06-01

    Generation of optical vortices is described in cholesteric liquid crystals with a singular point in the spatial distribution of a helix phase. The phenomenon uses the fact that a Bragg reflected light phase varies in proportion to the spatial phase of the helix, both at normal and oblique incidences. Our proposal enables high-efficiency, polychromatic generation of optical vortices without the need of a cumbersome fabrication process and fine-tuning.

  13. Optical reflectance, optical refractive index and optical conductivity measurements of nonlinear optics for L-aspartic acid nickel chloride single crystal

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    Anbazhagan, G.; Joseph, P. S.; Shankar, G.

    2013-03-01

    Single crystals of L-aspartic acid nickel chloride (LANC) were grown by the slow evaporation technique at room temperature. The grown crystals were subjected to Powder X-ray diffraction studies to confirm the crystal structure. The modes of vibration of different molecular groups present in LANC have been identified by FTIR spectral analysis. Optical transferency of the grown crystal was investigated by UV-Vis-NIR spectrum. The lower optical cut off wavelength for this crystal is observed at 240 nm and energy band gap 5.179 eV. The optical reflectance and optical refractive index studies have been carried out in this crystal. Finally, the optical conductivity and electrical conductivity studies have been carried out on LANC single crystal.

  14. Comments on the paper: 'Optical reflectance, optical refractive index and optical conductivity measurements of nonlinear optics for L-aspartic acid nickel chloride single crystal'

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    Srinivasan, Bikshandarkoil R.; Naik, Suvidha G.; Dhavskar, Kiran T.

    2016-02-01

    We argue that the 'L-aspartic acid nickel chloride' crystal reported by the authors of the title paper (Optics Communications, 291 (2013) 304-308) is actually the well-known diaqua(L-aspartato)nickel(II) hydrate crystal.

  15. Optical Properties of Irradiated Topaz Crystals

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    Skvortsova, V.; Mironova-Ulmane, N.; Trinkler, L.

    2015-04-01

    The results of an investigation of UV-Visible absorption and photoluminescence spectra of colorless topaz before and after neutron irradiation, natural blue topaz from Ukraine, and yellow topaz are presented. We assume that the absorption band ∼ 620 nm and broad emission band 300-700 nm in topaz crystals are associated with exchange interaction between a radiation defect (anion vacancies, which capture one or two electrons) and impurity ions Cr3+, Fe3+ and Mn2+.

  16. Photo-thermo-refractive glasses: Crystallization mechanism for optical applications

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    Francois-Saint-Cyr, Hugues Gilbert

    Due to their ability to undergo a refractive index change (Deltan) induced by appropriate UV irradiation and thermal development, Photo-Thermo-Refractive (PTR) glass is a candidate material for use in optical applications such as hologram recording, optical data storage, or spectral filters. Although this refractive index modulation (Deltan) has been characterized in terms of its optical ramifications, glass scientists are working to understand more clearly the underlying mechanisms associated with the photo-induced crystallization process. Despite numerous difficulties such as the insulating nature of PTR glass, low concentration levels of photosensitive species, nanometer size of the resulting crystalline phase, and reactivity of these crystals to ion and electron beam radiation and temperature, characterization techniques have been successfully used, resulting in an improved understanding of the photo-induced crystallization mechanism. Results of absorption spectroscopy, interferometry, thermal analysis, x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy have allowed detailing a self-consistent mechanism to describe the multiple steps of this complex process. The photo-induced crystallization process has been experimentally verified, step-by-step. Additionally, the evolution of the heterogeneous phase has been quantified. Sodium fluoride precipitates that resulted from bulk crystallization were determined to be less than 0.25% of the total volume and were within the range of 8 to 14 nm in size. Experiments combining interferometry and x-ray diffraction analyses of glasses heterogeneously crystallized at 520°C for 1 hour led to a linear correlation between (Deltan) decrement and UV exposure doses. A kinetic study of the heterogeneous crystallization using thermal analysis revealed an exponential decay law linking the activation energy for heterogeneous crystallization as a function of the UV dose for given heat-treatments.

  17. Crystallization of inorganic nonlinear optical zinc di-magnesium chloro sulphate (ZDMCS) single crystal

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    Arivuselvi, R.; Ruban Kumar, A.

    2017-02-01

    The growth of inorganic zinc di-magnesium chloro sulphate (ZDMCS) nonlinear optical material from low temperature evaporation technique at ambient temperature has been reported. The dimension of harvested crystal is 28×10×2 mm3 and is possess rectangular shape morphology. The single crystal X-ray diffraction studies confirmed that the grown crystal belongs to the system of trigonal. The S-Cl stretching vibrations and Mg2+ ions present in the sample were observed by FTIR spectrometer. The cut-off wavelength of the grown crystal is about 203 nm is found by UV-visible absorption spectrum. The nonlinear optical efficiency was determined by powder Kurtz Perry technique. EDAX spectrum confirms the presence of elements within the material. Dielectric nature of the sample was analyzed for the frequency range 50 Hz to 5 MHz at different temperatures. The mechanical behaviour of the title compound was investigated using Vicker's microhardness tester.

  18. Orientation relationship between α-Fe precipitate and α-Al2O3 matrix in iron-implanted sapphire.

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    Wang, Y; Liu, X P; Qin, G W

    2014-07-01

    Fe ions were implanted into α-Al2O3 single crystals (sapphire) at room temperature and annealed in a reducing atmosphere. The orientation relationships (ORs) between α-Fe particles and sapphire matrix were investigated using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). All the α-Fe particles have the orientation relationship (OR) of (111)α-Fe||(0001)sapphire and [11¯0]α-Fe||[112¯0]sapphire with sapphire. This OR is predicted precisely by the coincidence of reciprocal lattice points (CRLP) method. The other OR of (110)α-Fe||(0001)sapphire and [111]α-Fe||[51¯4¯0]sapphire reported before is confirmed by the same method to be one of the secondary preferred orientation relationships in the α-Fe/sapphire system. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Electron Beam Welder Used to Braze Sapphire to Platinum

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    Forsgren, Roger C.; Vannuyen, Thomas

    1998-01-01

    A new use for electron beam brazing was recently developed by NASA Lewis Research Center's Manufacturing Engineering Division. This work was done to fabricate a fiberoptic probe (developed by Sentec Corporation) that could measure high temperatures less than 600 deg C of vibrating machinery, such as in jet engine combustion research. Under normal circumstances, a sapphire fiber would be attached to platinum by a ceramic epoxy. However, no epoxies can adhere ceramic fibers to platinum under such high temperatures and vibration. Also, since sapphire and platinum have different thermal properties, the epoxy bond is subjected to creep over time. Therefore, a new method had to be developed that would permanently and reliably attach a sapphire fiber to platinum. Brazing a sapphire fiber to a platinum shell. The fiber-optic probe assembly consists of a 0.015-in.-diameter sapphire fiber attached to a 0.25-in.-long, 0.059-in.-diameter platinum shell. Because of the small size of this assembly, electron beam brazing was chosen instead of conventional vacuum brazing. The advantage of the electron beam is that it can generate a localized heat source in a vacuum. Gold reactive braze was used to join the sapphire fiber and the platinum. Consequently, the sapphire fiber was not affected by the total heat needed to braze the components together.

  20. Electron Beam Welder Used to Braze Sapphire to Platinum

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    Forsgren, Roger C.; Vannuyen, Thomas

    1998-01-01

    A new use for electron beam brazing was recently developed by NASA Lewis Research Center's Manufacturing Engineering Division. This work was done to fabricate a fiberoptic probe (developed by Sentec Corporation) that could measure high temperatures less than 600 deg C of vibrating machinery, such as in jet engine combustion research. Under normal circumstances, a sapphire fiber would be attached to platinum by a ceramic epoxy. However, no epoxies can adhere ceramic fibers to platinum under such high temperatures and vibration. Also, since sapphire and platinum have different thermal properties, the epoxy bond is subjected to creep over time. Therefore, a new method had to be developed that would permanently and reliably attach a sapphire fiber to platinum. Brazing a sapphire fiber to a platinum shell. The fiber-optic probe assembly consists of a 0.015-in.-diameter sapphire fiber attached to a 0.25-in.-long, 0.059-in.-diameter platinum shell. Because of the small size of this assembly, electron beam brazing was chosen instead of conventional vacuum brazing. The advantage of the electron beam is that it can generate a localized heat source in a vacuum. Gold reactive braze was used to join the sapphire fiber and the platinum. Consequently, the sapphire fiber was not affected by the total heat needed to braze the components together.

  1. Optical Characteristics of Liquid Crystal Displays and Modulators

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    Lu, Kanghua

    The viewing-angle characteristics of liquid crystal displays (LCD) and the performance of liquid crystal spatial light modulators (SLM) are studied. The main contributions can be summarized as follows: (1) We have developed a new theory for LCD optics based on a generalized 2 x 2 Jones calculus. This new theory permits us to compute the transmittance of polarized light of arbitrary incident angles and wavelengths through the LCD at much higher speeds than has been possible with previous approaches. (2) We have developed a CAD software based on this theory. We used it to study the viewing-angle problem and to examine the effect of using birefringent compensation films of various types. We found that improvements can be indeed achieved. In the process we introduced a new method for display of color and viewing -angle characteristics. (3) We invented a new experimental single-step method of observing the viewing-angle characteristics based on Fourier optics. Previous methods were typically based on the use of cumbersome scanning techniques. Using our new apparatus we have verified the consistency between the experimental viewing-angle patterns and our theoretical predictions. (4) We also developed a simplified analytical model for the liquid crystal SLM, and used it to successfully interpret and improve the operation of liquid crystal light valves and liquid crystal televisions, especially when they are used as optical phase-only modulators.

  2. Propagation optical quarks after an uniaxial crystal: the experiment

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    Egorov, Yu. A.; Konovalenko, V. L.; Zinovev, A. O.; Anischenko, P. M.; Glumova, M. V.

    2013-12-01

    There is a lots of different papers reporting about the propagation of the different types of an optical beams in a uniaxial crystals are known by that time. This beams are: Lager-Gaussian and Bessel- Gaussian beams. It is common for all this types of beams, that if propagation axis and crystal axis coincides, and accident beam had a circular polarization, are can get type spiral type degenerated umbilici, which corresponds to the charge 2 optical vortex in the orthogonal polarized beam component, generated by crystal [1] (Fig 1). This generation accurse due to total angular momentum conservation law symmetry axis of the crystal. One to the changing of the spin momentum which is associated with the beam polarization, this leads to the orbital momentum changes that associated with topological charge of formed orthogonal circular component. Double charged optical vortex could be easily perturbed by tilting beam axis with respect to the crystal axis. If the tilt angles are small (<0.1°) central umbilici splits on two lemons and the surrounding ring umbilici splits on two pairs of monster-star. The further increasing of the tilt angle leads to the topological charge of circular components becomes, equal, and additional orbital moment correspond to the beam mass center displacement.

  3. Imaging birefringent crystals using micro optical coherence tomography (Conference Presentation)

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    Sharma, Gargi; Singh, Kanwarpal; Gardecki, Joseph A.; Tearney, Guillermo J.

    2017-02-01

    Background: Uric acid crystals have recently been identified as a possible therapeutic target for coronary artery disease. Being subcellular in size, it is difficult to identify these crystals in situ. Micro optical coherence tomography (Micro-OCT) allows one to image subcellular structures with 1-micron resolution. Even though Micro-OCT should be capable of resolving urate crystals, it's difficult to differentiate these structures from other scattering particles within tissue. In this work we developed a novel polarization sensitive micro OCT (ps-Micro-OCT) system for identification of uric acid crystals. Methods: A spectrometer based ps-Micro-OCT system was developed using a broadband light source. The broadband input light was divided into reference and sample signals using a beam splitter. The reference signal was further divided into two polarized signals with different polarization states. Reflected reference and sample signals were combined and sent to a spectrometer that recorded the interference signal. Results: To test the performance of system, a mirror was used as sample and a quarter wave-plate was placed in the sample path. The measured quarter wave-plate angle values matched closely to actual angle values. Next we prepared uric acid crystals in our lab and imaged them using this system.We were able to image and identify these crystals based on polarization measurements. Conclusion: In this work we imaged and identified uric acid crystals using a newly developed ps-Micro-OCT system. The proposed technique will enable imaging uric acid crystals in coronary artery.

  4. Screening of Protein Crystallization Trials by Second Order Nonlinear Optical Imaging of Chiral Crystals (SONICC)

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    Haupert, Levi; Simpson, Garth

    2011-01-01

    Second order nonlinear optical imaging of chiral crystals (SONICC) is a promising new method for the sensitive and selective detection of protein crystals. Relevant general principles of second harmonic generation, which underpins SONICC, are reviewed. Instrumentation and methods for SONICC measurements are described and critically assessed in terms of performance trade-offs. Potential origins of false-positives and false-negatives are also discussed. PMID:22101350

  5. Demonstrations of Some Optical Properties of Liquid Crystals.

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    Nicastro, Anthony J.

    1983-01-01

    Discusses several properties of liquid crystal displays. Includes instructions for demonstrating liquid crystalline phase, ordering of the long axes of molecules along one direction, and electro-optic effects. The latter is accomplished with the use of an overhead projector following preparation of a sandwich cell. (JN)

  6. Demonstrations of Some Optical Properties of Liquid Crystals.

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    Nicastro, Anthony J.

    1983-01-01

    Discusses several properties of liquid crystal displays. Includes instructions for demonstrating liquid crystalline phase, ordering of the long axes of molecules along one direction, and electro-optic effects. The latter is accomplished with the use of an overhead projector following preparation of a sandwich cell. (JN)

  7. Computer-controlled fabrication of sapphire windows

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    Askinazi, Joel; Hasan, Wasim; Dunn, Daniel E.; La Fleur, L. David

    1997-11-01

    Sapphire optical materials have limited index of refraction homogeneity. This homogeneity can limit the degree of transmitted wavefront error achievable with current, conventional optical finishing practices. Current practices can not typically compensate well for the localized inhomogeneities in the sapphire substrates resulting in limited transmitted wavefront values. Emerging transmitted wavefront requirements exceed those achievable with current practices. Hughes Danbury Optical Systems recently completed a successful demonstration program in which computer controlled polishing was applied to the fabrication of very low transmitted wavefront error sapphire window. This technique involves measuring the windows in transmission and then polishing them in localized areas to remove the wavefront errors arising from the material index inhomogeneity. The net effect of each localized correction is a high fidelity transmitted wavefront over each subaperture. In the demonstration completed, we stated with windows fabricated to the limit of current, conventional practices. Applying computer controlled polishing, the transmitted wavefront quality was rapidly improved by a factor of up to five over the starting value. These results not only satisfied emerging requirements, but the process also resulted in satisfying parallel requirements of extreme surface smoothness and scatter as defined by the bi- directional transmittance distribution function. This paper addresses the process developed, its results, benefits and applications.

  8. Configuration of singular optical cones in gyrotropic crystals with dichroism

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    Merkulov, V. S.

    2015-02-15

    Optical conic singularities in crystals with linear dichroism and natural optical activity at the point of intersection of dispersion curves for the main refractive indices are considered. The possible existence of singularities like a nodal point, tangency point, triple point, and cusps of the first and second order is demonstrated. Forty-nine different types of irreducible fourth-order optical cones obtained by sequential bifurcations of eight main singular cones are established. The classification is based on the concept of roughness of systems depending on parameters.

  9. Resonance-enhanced optical forces between coupled photonic crystal slabs.

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    Liu, Victor; Povinelli, Michelle; Fan, Shanhui

    2009-11-23

    The behaviors of lateral and normal optical forces between coupled photonic crystal slabs are analyzed. We show that the optical force is periodic with displacement, resulting in stable and unstable equilibrium positions. Moreover, the forces are strongly enhanced by guided resonances of the coupled slabs. Such enhancement is particularly prominent near dark states of the system, and the enhancement effect is strongly dependent on the types of guided resonances involved. These structures lead to enhancement of light-induced pressure over larger areas, in a configuration that is directly accessible to externally incident, free-space optical beams.

  10. Single crystal optic elements for helium atom microscopy

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    MacLaren, D. A.; Allison, W.; Holst, B.

    2000-07-01

    Focusing characteristics of asymmetrically bent single crystal mirrors are discussed in the context of fabricating an optic element for an helium atom microscope. We demonstrate the principle that deforming a clamped, elliptical, single crystal under electrostatic pressure can produce submicron focusing of an helium beam. We present a systematic procedure that may be used to fabricate high precision mirrors close to the Cartesian ideal of any chosen optical configuration. In particular, imaging systems with asymmetric mirror profiles are discussed. Results are independent of crystal characteristics and can be adapted to fit a range of experimental geometries. The calculations indicate that mirror-induced aberrations can be eliminated to fourth order by use of a single actuation electrode in an ideal system.

  11. Magnetite nanorod thermotropic liquid crystal colloids: synthesis, optics and theory.

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    Podoliak, Nina; Buchnev, Oleksandr; Bavykin, Dmitry V; Kulak, Alexander N; Kaczmarek, Malgosia; Sluckin, Timothy J

    2012-11-15

    We have developed a facile method for preparing magnetic nanoparticles which couple strongly with a liquid crystal (LC) matrix, with the aim of preparing ferronematic liquid crystal colloids for use in magneto-optical devices. Magnetite nanoparticles were prepared by oxidising colloidal Fe(OH)(2) with air in aqueous media, and were then subject to alkaline hydrothermal treatment with 10 mol dm(-3) NaOH at 100°C, transforming them into a polydisperse set of domain magnetite nanorods with maximal length ~500 nm and typical diameter ~20 nm. The nanorods were coated with 4-n-octyloxybiphenyl-4-carboxylic acid (OBPh) and suspended in nematic liquid crystal E7. As compared to the conventional oleic acid coating, this coating stabilizes LC-magnetic nanorod suspensions. The suspension acts as a ferronematic system, using the colloidal particles as intermediaries to amplify magnetic field-LC director interactions. The effective Frederiks magnetic threshold field of the magnetite nanorod-liquid crystal composite is reduced by 20% as compared to the undoped liquid crystal. In contrast with some previous work in this field, the magneto-optical effects are reproducible on time scales of months. Prospects for magnetically switched liquid crystal devices using these materials are good, but a method is required to synthesize single magnetic domain nanorods. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Molecular Optics Nonlinear Optical Processes in Organic and Polymeric Crystals and Films

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    1988-04-01

    LAr 9B L Appr 1~ forjIbi1893 2 8 I I IE2 Molecular Optics: Nonlinear Optical Processes in Organic and Polymeric Crystals and Films i Professor A. F...frequency dependent local field factors. While there are various prevalent models (Lorentz- Lorenz, Onsager ) all of them give the field factors in terms of

  13. Ferroic Crystals for Electro-Optic and Acousto-Optic Applications.

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    properties for potential application in acousto - optic devices; and, (2) A systematic examination of the role of domain structures in modifying the...macroscopic properties of all types of ferroic crystals and the manner in which these property modifications could be exploited in acousto - optic , electro

  14. Graphene Oxide Liquid Crystals for Reflective Display without Polarizing Optics

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    Zhu, Zhuan; He, Liqun; Ye, Jian; Shuai, Min; Zhou, Xufeng; Wang, Yanan; Li, Yang; Su, Zhihua; Zhang, Haiyan; Chen, Ying; Liu, Zhaoping; Cheng, Zhengdong; Bao, Jiming

    2015-03-01

    The recent emergence of liquid crystals of atomically thin two-dimensional (2D) materials not only has allowed us to explore novel phenomena of macroscopically aligned 2D nanomaterials but also has provided a route toward their controlled assembly into three-dimensional functional macrostructures. Using flow-induced mechanical alignment, we prepared flakes of graphene oxide (GO) in different orientational orders and demonstrated that GO liquid crystal (LC) can be used as a rewritable medium for reflective display without polarizing optics. With a wire or stick as a pen, we can make the surface of GO LC reflective and bright, and we can then manually draw lines, curves, and any other patterns with dark appearance. The contrast between bright and dark features is due to anisotropic optical responses of ordered GO flakes. Since optical anisotropy is an intrinsic property of 2D structures, our observations and demonstration represent one of many potential applications of macroscopically aligned 2D nanomaterials.

  15. Optical and magneto-optical properties of the endohedral La@C82 crystal

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    Rostampour, E.; Koohi, A.; Cyrousnezhad, F.

    2013-02-01

    The magneto-optical properties of solids are theoretically described by the circular dichroism (CD) and birefringence coefficient (θ). Using the Su-Schrieffer-Heeger (SSH) model in conjunction with the local field method, the optical dielectric tensor, CD and θ of the simple cubic phase of the La@C82 and C82 crystals are calculated. The results obtained from the La@C82 and C82 crystals are compared with those of the C70 and C60 crystals. It is shown that La@C82 has a richer optical spectrum than C82, C70 and C60. In the La@C82 crystal, absorption bands are shown by spectrum in the 0.58 to 7.0 eV region with sharp structures in each band which indicate the localized molecular structure coupled with long-range crystalline order. Results show that the circular dichroism and birefringence coefficient of the La@C82 crystal due to a single spin localized on the C82 cage are very larger than those of the C60, C70 and C82 crystals. Also, results show that the circular dichroism and birefringence coefficient of the C82 crystal are similar to those of the C60 and C70 crystals.

  16. All-optical high performance graphene-photonic crystal switch

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    Hoseini, Mehrdad; Malekmohammad, Mohammad

    2017-01-01

    The all-optical switch is realized based on nonlinear transmission changes in Fano resonance of 2D photonic crystals (PhC) which enhances the light intensity on the graphene in PhC; and in this study, the graphene layer is used as the nonlinear material. The refractive index change of graphene layer leads to a shift in the Fano resonance frequency due to the input light intensity through the Kerr nonlinear effect. Through finite-difference time-domain simulation, it is found that the high performance of all-optical switching can be achieved by the designed structure with a threshold pump intensity as low as MW/cm2. This structure is featured by optical bistability. The obtained results are applicable in micro optical integrated circuits for modulators, switches and logic elements for optical computation.

  17. Colloidal crystals with diamond symmetry at optical lengthscales

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    Wang, Yifan; Jenkins, Ian C.; McGinley, James T.; Sinno, Talid; Crocker, John C.

    2017-01-01

    Future optical materials promise to do for photonics what semiconductors did for electronics, but the challenge has long been in creating the structure they require—a regular, three-dimensional array of transparent microspheres arranged like the atoms in a diamond crystal. Here we demonstrate a simple approach for spontaneously growing double-diamond (or B32) crystals that contain a suitable diamond structure, using DNA to direct the self-assembly process. While diamond symmetry crystals have been grown from much smaller nanoparticles, none of those previous methods suffice for the larger particles needed for photonic applications, whose size must be comparable to the wavelength of visible light. Intriguingly, the crystals we observe do not readily form in previously validated simulations; nor have they been predicted theoretically. This finding suggests that other unexpected microstructures may be accessible using this approach and bodes well for future efforts to inexpensively mass-produce metamaterials for an array of photonic applications. PMID:28194025

  18. Topographical studies on GNF crystals of non linear optical origin

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    Khandpekar, M. M.; Pati, S. P.

    2013-02-01

    α-glycine has been combined with equal amount of nitric acid and hydrofluoric acid to form GNF crystals. Transparent and elongated crystals of appreciable sizes (2.5 cm length) useful for dislocation studies have been obtained from solution by slow evaporation in 3-4 weeks time. Crystals were found to be delicate and care is needed while handling them. The external geometry of the crystals was found to vary with composition. Glacial acetic acid (GAA) is found to be universal etching agent. GAA produces well defined elongated etch pits on the habit faces and curved triangular pits on cleavage faces in 15 seconds time. Evidence of impurity inclusions and pits on these inclusions have been detected. The orientation of pits on partial cleavage faces are clearly seen to differ. Occasional presence of long domain lines crossing the field of view has been observed. The curvature of pits edges indicates an optically active material with lower symmetry.

  19. Colloidal crystals with diamond symmetry at optical lengthscales

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    Wang, Yifan; Jenkins, Ian C.; McGinley, James T.; Sinno, Talid; Crocker, John C.

    2017-02-01

    Future optical materials promise to do for photonics what semiconductors did for electronics, but the challenge has long been in creating the structure they require--a regular, three-dimensional array of transparent microspheres arranged like the atoms in a diamond crystal. Here we demonstrate a simple approach for spontaneously growing double-diamond (or B32) crystals that contain a suitable diamond structure, using DNA to direct the self-assembly process. While diamond symmetry crystals have been grown from much smaller nanoparticles, none of those previous methods suffice for the larger particles needed for photonic applications, whose size must be comparable to the wavelength of visible light. Intriguingly, the crystals we observe do not readily form in previously validated simulations; nor have they been predicted theoretically. This finding suggests that other unexpected microstructures may be accessible using this approach and bodes well for future efforts to inexpensively mass-produce metamaterials for an array of photonic applications.

  20. Optical extinction due to intrinsic structural variations of photonic crystals

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    Koenderink, A. Femius; Lagendijk, Ad; Vos, Willem L.

    2005-10-01

    Unavoidable variations in size and position of the building blocks of photonic crystals cause light scattering and extinction of coherent beams. We present a model for both two- and three-dimensional photonic crystals that relates the extinction length to the magnitude of the variations. The predicted lengths agree well with our experiments on high-quality opals and inverse opals, and with literature data analyzed by us. As a result, control over photons is limited to distances up to 50 lattice parameters (˜15 μm) in state-of-the-art structures, thereby impeding applications that require large photonic crystals, such as proposed optical integrated circuits. Conversely, scattering in photonic crystals may lead to different physics such as Anderson localization and nonclassical diffusion.

  1. Dislocations, microhardness and optical studies on glycine potassium nitrate crystal

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    Chandra, Ch. Sateesh; Nagaraju, D.; Shekar, P. V. Raja; Rao, T. Tirumal; Krishna, N. Gopi

    2015-06-01

    Single crystals of glycine potassium nitrate (GPN), a semiorganic nonlinear optical crystal, of dimensions 15×12×4 mm3 were grown in a period of 10 days. The defect content present in the crystals was estimated by chemical etching technique. The results indicate that the average dislocation density is about 4.1×103/cm2. The UV-Vis. studies indicate that the crystal has a wide transmission range. The Kurtz powder test indicates that the second harmonic generation efficiency of GPN is 2.5 times that of KDP. The load-hardness curves for GPN were studied over the load range 10-100 g. The anisotropy in hardness was studied using Knoop indentation technique.

  2. Colloidal crystals with diamond symmetry at optical lengthscales.

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    Wang, Yifan; Jenkins, Ian C; McGinley, James T; Sinno, Talid; Crocker, John C

    2017-02-13

    Future optical materials promise to do for photonics what semiconductors did for electronics, but the challenge has long been in creating the structure they require-a regular, three-dimensional array of transparent microspheres arranged like the atoms in a diamond crystal. Here we demonstrate a simple approach for spontaneously growing double-diamond (or B32) crystals that contain a suitable diamond structure, using DNA to direct the self-assembly process. While diamond symmetry crystals have been grown from much smaller nanoparticles, none of those previous methods suffice for the larger particles needed for photonic applications, whose size must be comparable to the wavelength of visible light. Intriguingly, the crystals we observe do not readily form in previously validated simulations; nor have they been predicted theoretically. This finding suggests that other unexpected microstructures may be accessible using this approach and bodes well for future efforts to inexpensively mass-produce metamaterials for an array of photonic applications.

  3. Hydrothermal crystal growth of oxides for optical applications

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    McMillen, Colin David

    2007-12-01

    The manipulation of light has proven to be an integral part of today's technology-based society. In particular, there is great interest in obtaining coherent radiation in all regions of the optical spectrum to advance technology in military, medical, industrial, scientific and consumer fields. Exploring new crystal growth techniques as well as the growth of new optical materials is critical in the advancement of solid state optics. Surprisingly, the academic world devotes little attention to the growth of large crystals. This shortcoming has left gaps in the optical spectrum inaccessible by solid state devices. This dissertation explores the hydrothermal crystal growth of materials that could fill two such gaps. The first gap exists in the deep-UV region, particularly below 200 nm. Some materials such as LiB3O5 and beta-BaB2O4 can generate coherent light at wavelengths as low as 205 nm. The growth of these materials was explored to investigate the feasibility of the hydrothermal method as a new technique for growing these crystals. Particular attention was paid to the descriptive chemistry surrounding these systems, and several novel structures were elucidated. The study was also extended to the growth of materials that could be used for the generation of coherent light as low as 155 nm. Novel synthetic schemes for Sr2Be2B2O7 and KBe2BO 3F2 were developed and the growth of large crystals was explored. An extensive study of the structures, properties and crystal growth of related compounds, RbBe2BO3F2 and CsBe2BO 3F2, was also undertaken. Optimization of a number of parameters within this family of compounds led to the hydrothermal growth of large, high quality single crystal at rates suitable for large-scale growth. The second gap in technology is in the area of high average power solid state lasers emitting in the 1 mum and eye-safe (>1.5 mum) regions. A hydrothermal technique was developed to grow high quality crystals of Sc 2O3 and Sc2O3 doped with suitable

  4. Graphene oxide liquid crystals for reflective displays without polarizing optics

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    He, Liqun; Ye, Jian; Shuai, Min; Zhu, Zhuan; Zhou, Xufeng; Wang, Yanan; Li, Yang; Su, Zhihua; Zhang, Haiyan; Chen, Ying; Liu, Zhaoping; Cheng, Zhengdong; Bao, Jiming

    2015-01-01

    The recent emergence of liquid crystals of atomically thin two-dimensional (2D) materials not only has allowed us to explore novel phenomena of macroscopically aligned 2D nanomaterials but also has provided a route toward their controlled assembly into three-dimensional functional macrostructures. Using flow-induced mechanical alignment, we prepared flakes of graphene oxide (GO) in different orientational orders and demonstrated that GO liquid crystals (LC) can be used as rewritable media for reflective displays without polarizing optics. With a wire or stick as a pen, we can make the surface of GO LC reflective and bright, and we can then manually draw lines, curves, and any patterns with dark appearance. The contrast between bright and dark features is due to anisotropic optical responses of ordered GO flakes. Since optical anisotropy is an intrinsic property of 2D structures, our observations and demonstration represent one of many potential applications of macroscopically aligned 2D nanomaterials.The recent emergence of liquid crystals of atomically thin two-dimensional (2D) materials not only has allowed us to explore novel phenomena of macroscopically aligned 2D nanomaterials but also has provided a route toward their controlled assembly into three-dimensional functional macrostructures. Using flow-induced mechanical alignment, we prepared flakes of graphene oxide (GO) in different orientational orders and demonstrated that GO liquid crystals (LC) can be used as rewritable media for reflective displays without polarizing optics. With a wire or stick as a pen, we can make the surface of GO LC reflective and bright, and we can then manually draw lines, curves, and any patterns with dark appearance. The contrast between bright and dark features is due to anisotropic optical responses of ordered GO flakes. Since optical anisotropy is an intrinsic property of 2D structures, our observations and demonstration represent one of many potential applications of

  5. Non-linear optical titanyl arsenates: Crystal growth and properties

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    Nordborg, Jenni Eva Louise

    Crystals are appreciated not only for their appearance, but also for their unique physical properties which are utilized by the photonic industry in appliances that we come across every day. An important part of enabling the technical use of optical devices is the manufacture of crystals. This dissertation deals with a specific group of materials called the potassium titanyl phosphate (KIP) family, known for their non-linear optical and ferroelectric properties. The isomorphs vary in their linear optical and dielectric properties, which can be tuned to optimize device performance by forming solid solutions of the different materials. Titanyl arsenates have a wide range of near-infrared transmission which makes them useful for tunable infrared lasers. The isomorphs examined in the present work were primarily RbTiOASO4 (RTA) and CsTiOAsO4 (CTA) together with the mixtures RbxCs 1-xTiOAsO4 (RCTA). Large-scale crystals were grown by top seeding solution growth utilizing a three-zone furnace with excellent temperature control. Sufficiently slow cooling and constant upward lifting produced crystals with large volumes useable for technical applications. Optical quality RTA crystals up to 10 x 12 x 20 mm were grown. The greater difficulty in obtaining good crystals of CTA led to the use of mixed RCTA materials. The mixing of rubidium and cesium in RCTA is more favorable to crystal growth than the single components in pure RTA and CTA. Mixed crystals are rubidium-enriched and contain only 20-30% of the cesium concentration in the flux. The cesium atoms show a preference for the larger cation site. The network structure is very little affected by the cation substitution; consequently, the non-linear optical properties of the Rb-rich isomorphic mixtures of RTA and CTA can be expected to remain intact. Crystallographic methods utilizing conventional X-ray tubes, synchrotron radiation and neutron diffraction have been employed to investigate the properties of the atomic

  6. Exploring Novel Crystals and Designs for Acousto-Optic Devices

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    Pfeiffer, Jonathan B.

    Acousto-optic devices are a versatile technology that are driven electronically to precisely and rapidly control the intensity, frequency, and propagation direction of a laser beam. Applications include acousto-optic scanners, filters, mode lockers, and modulators. Despite the popularity of acousto-optic devices, there currently is no UV transparent device that can satisfy the requirements of the atomic clock and quantum computing communities. In this thesis, I describe my experimental efforts for discovering a new UV transparent, acousto-optic crystal that can meet the experimental requirements. I also present my graphical representations for locating practical and efficient acousto-optic designs in a given medium. The first part of this thesis describes how to measure the elastic-stiffness and photoelastic coefficients of a given crystal. The elastic-stiffness coefficients are essential for designing acousto-optic devices because they determine the velocity, diffraction, and polarization of acoustic waves in a given medium. I used both resonant ultrasound spectroscopy and a modified version of Schaefer-Bergman diffraction to measure elastic coefficients. I discuss in detail the strengths, differences, and similarities of the two experiments. The photoelastic coefficients are necessary for determining the diffraction efficiency of a given acousto-optic geometry. Similar to the elastic coefficients, I employ a modified version of the Schaefer-Bergmann experiment to measure the photoelastic coefficients. I corroborate the measured results with the well established Dixon experiment. The second part of this thesis describes four different graphical representations that help locate practical and efficient acousto-optic designs. I describe in detail each algorithm and how to interpret the calculated results. Several examples are provided for commonly used acosuto-optic materials. The thesis concludes by describing the design and performance of an acousto-optic frequency

  7. Optical detection of sepsis markers using liquid crystal based biosensors

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    McCamley, Maureen K.; Artenstein, Andrew W.; Opal, Steven M.; Crawford, Gregory P.

    2007-02-01

    A liquid crystal based biosensor for the detection and diagnosis of sepsis is currently in development. Sepsis, a major clinical syndrome with a significant public health burden in the US due to a large elderly population, is the systemic response of the body to a localized infection and is defined as the combination of pathologic infection and physiological changes. Bacterial infections are responsible for 90% of cases of sepsis in the US. Currently there is no bedside diagnostic available to positively identify sepsis. The basic detection scheme employed in a liquid crystal biosensor contains attributes that would find value in a clinical setting, especially for the early detection of sepsis. Utilizing the unique properties of liquid crystals, such as birefringence, a bedside diagnostic is in development which will optically report the presence of biomolecules. In a septic patient, an endotoxin known as lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is released from the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria and can be found in the blood stream. It is hypothesized that this long chained molecule will cause local disruptions to the open surface of a sensor containing aligned liquid crystal. The bulk liquid crystal ampli.es these local changes at the surface due to the presence of the sepsis marker, providing an optical readout through polarizing microscopy images. Liquid crystal sensors consisting of both square and circular grids, 100-200 μm in size, have been fabricated and filled with a common liquid crystal material, 5CB. Homeotropic alignment was confirmed using polarizing microscopy. The grids were then contacted with either saline only (control), or saline with varying concentrations of LPS. Changes in the con.guration of the nematic director of the liquid crystal were observed through the range of concentrations tested (5mg/mL - 1pg/mL) which have been confirmed by a consulting physician as clinically relevant levels.

  8. Infrared reflection spectroscopy and optical constants of LiNbO3 films on crystal substrates

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    Novikova, N. N.; Yakovlev, V. A.; Medaglia, P. G.

    2017-01-01

    We have measured infrared reflectivity spectra of thin lithium niobate films of nanometer thickness, grown by a pulsed laser deposition technique using KrF-excimer laser (λ=248 nm) on the single crystalline substrates (sapphire, MgO, NdGaO3 and SrTiO3). Using the dispersion analysis technique, we have calculated thicknesses and optical constants of the films. The phonon parameters of the substrates and films are obtained.

  9. Infrared reflection spectroscopy and optical constants of LiNbO3 films on crystal substrates

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    Novikova, N. N.; Yakovlev, V. A.; Medaglia, P. G.

    2016-12-01

    We have measured infrared reflectivity spectra of thin lithium niobate films of nanometer thickness, grown by a pulsed laser deposition technique using KrF-excimer laser (λ=248 nm) on the single crystalline substrates (sapphire, MgO, NdGaO3 and SrTiO3). Using the dispersion analysis technique, we have calculated thicknesses and optical constants of the films. The phonon parameters of the substrates and films are obtained.

  10. Growth of bulk single crystals of organic materials for nonlinear optical devices - An overview

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    Penn, Benjamin G.; Cardelino, Beatriz H.; Moore, Craig E.; Shields, Angela W.; Frazier, D. O.

    1991-01-01

    Highly perfect single crystals of nonlinear optical organic materials are required for use in optical devices. An overview of the bulk crystal growth of these materials by melt, vapor, and solution processes is presented. Additionally, methods that may be used to purify starting materials, detect impurities at low levels, screen materials for crystal growth, and process grown crystals are discussed.

  11. Growth of bulk single crystals of organic materials for nonlinear optical devices - An overview

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    Penn, Benjamin G.; Cardelino, Beatriz H.; Moore, Craig E.; Shields, Angela W.; Frazier, D. O.

    1991-01-01

    Highly perfect single crystals of nonlinear optical organic materials are required for use in optical devices. An overview of the bulk crystal growth of these materials by melt, vapor, and solution processes is presented. Additionally, methods that may be used to purify starting materials, detect impurities at low levels, screen materials for crystal growth, and process grown crystals are discussed.

  12. Acousto-optics studied in polaritonic photonic crystals

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    Singh, Mahi R.; Racknor, C.

    2010-10-01

    We have studied the acousto-optic effect on the photon transmission and the spontaneous emission in polaritonic photonic crystal. We have considered that photonic crystals are fabricated from polaritonic materials such as GaP, MgO, LiNbO3 , and LiTaO3 . A two-level quantum dot is doped in a polaritonic crystal to study the decay rate of the spontaneous emission. The decay rate of quantum dots, band structure, and photon transmission coefficient have been calculated. It is found that band-gap width and the decay rate of quantum dots depends strongly on the high-frequency dielectric constant of the polaritonic crystals while the photonic band edges vary inversely by the ratio of longitudinal- to transverse-optical phonon energies. The spontaneous decay rate of the quantum dot can be controlled by the external strain field. This finding is significant because it is well known that the spontaneous emission is source of undesirable noise in different types of electronic and optical devices. Finally, we have also found the system can be switched from transmitting state to reflecting state by applying an external strain field. These are distinct and interesting results and can be used to fabricate new types of photonic couplers and fibers which in turn can be used to fabricate all photonic switches.

  13. Phototriggers for liquid crystal-based optical switch

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    Burnham, Kikue Sugiyama

    PartI. Three 1,2-diarylethene derivatives with thiophene or furan rings were synthesized. The photochromism and chiroptical properties of these compounds were studied to assess their suitability for use as a chiroptical liquid crystal switch. No enantiomeric enrichment was observed when the racemic ring-closed forms were irradiated with circularly polarized light (CPL). It was found that the Kuhn anisotropy factor (gλ) for these molecules was too small for this application. PartII. The photochromic pair 1,1' -binaphthylpyran (1) and 2-hydroxy-2'- hydroxymethyl-[1,1 ']-binaphthylene (2) were examined to assess their suitability as optical triggers in a liquid crystal switch. Irradiation of optically active 1 in a CH3CN/H2O solution led to its racemization and the formation of optically active 2. Irradiation of optically active 2 under these conditions gave optically active 1 but no racemization of 2. Time-resolved absorption spectroscopy showed that irradiation of 1 generates an intermediate assigned to a 1,1'- biaryl quinone methide (3). Analysis of the mechanism for photoracemization and photochromism revealed that 3 is the key intermediate in both processes. This system was not well-suited for development as an optical trigger for a liquid crystal switch because the magnitude of gλ was too small in the useful spectral region. PartIII. A series of axially chiral acrylic acid-substituted bicyclic ketones were synthesized and examined. The helical twisting power (βM) of these compounds was measured. Their irradiation with CPL led to partial resolution. Irradiation of partially resolved ketones with unpolarized light caused their racemization. Addition of optically active compounds to nematic liquid crystals converted them to their chiral, cholesteric form. They serve as a phototriggers for this process. Irradiation of (+/-)-(3-oxo-bicylo[3.2.1]oct-8-ylidene)-acetic acid trans-4-(4-heptyloxy-cyclohexyl)-benzyl ester ( 16) with CPL in ZLI1167 droplets (a nematic

  14. Epitaxy of CdTe on sapphire substrates with titanium buffer layers

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    Muslimov, A. E.; Butashin, A. V.; Kanevsky, V. M.; Babaev, V. A.; Alikhanov, N. M.-R.

    2017-05-01

    The formation of a developed electrical relief on the sapphire substrate surface is investigated. A technique is proposed for introducing Ti4+ impurity atoms into the sapphire crystal lattice by depositing titanium layers with a thickness of about 5 nm and their annealing in air (oxidizing atmosphere) to a temperature of 1400°C. It is shown that this preliminary treatment of the sapphire substrate surface results in epitaxial growth of (111) CdTe films parallel to the sapphire (0001) plane at a temperature of 350°C.

  15. A Flexible Parameterization for Shortwave Optical Properties of Ice Crystals

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    VanDiedenhoven, Bastiaan; Ackerman, Andrew S.; Cairns, Brian; Fridlind, Ann M.

    2014-01-01

    A parameterization is presented that provides extinction cross section sigma (sub e), single-scattering albedo omega, and asymmetry parameter (g) of ice crystals for any combination of volume, projected area, aspect ratio, and crystal distortion at any wavelength in the shortwave. Similar to previous parameterizations, the scheme makes use of geometric optics approximations and the observation that optical properties of complex, aggregated ice crystals can be well approximated by those of single hexagonal crystals with varying size, aspect ratio, and distortion levels. In the standard geometric optics implementation used here, sigma (sub e) is always twice the particle projected area. It is shown that omega is largely determined by the newly defined absorption size parameter and the particle aspect ratio. These dependences are parameterized using a combination of exponential, lognormal, and polynomial functions. The variation of (g) with aspect ratio and crystal distortion is parameterized for one reference wavelength using a combination of several polynomials. The dependences of g on refractive index and omega are investigated and factors are determined to scale the parameterized (g) to provide values appropriate for other wavelengths. The parameterization scheme consists of only 88 coefficients. The scheme is tested for a large variety of hexagonal crystals in several wavelength bands from 0.2 to 4 micron, revealing absolute differences with reference calculations of omega and (g) that are both generally below 0.015. Over a large variety of cloud conditions, the resulting root-mean-squared differences with reference calculations of cloud reflectance, transmittance, and absorptance are 1.4%, 1.1%, and 3.4%, respectively. Some practical applications of the parameterization in atmospheric models are highlighted.

  16. Epitaxial growth of hexagonal silicon polytypes on sapphire

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

    2015-01-15

    The formation of a single-crystal silicon polytype is observed in silicon-on-sapphire structures by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The appearance of inclusions with a structure different from that of diamond is attributed to the formation of strong-twinning regions and the aggregation of stacking faults, which form their own crystal structure in the crystal lattice of silicon. It is demonstrated that the given modification belongs to the 9R silicon polytype.

  17. An Investigation of some Optical Properties of Crystals and of Crystal Surfaces.

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    optical properties of solids including; Ab Initio Calculation of Crystal Tensor, Light Scattering, Morphic Effects, Group Theory, and Impurity Induced Absorption. Twenty eight papers deal with surface properties including; Surface Excitations, Spacial Dispersion Effects, Surface Roughness, Thermodynamic Properties, Lattice Dynamics and Edge Modes. Three papers discuss the possibility of the coexistence of Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) pairing and the Peierls

  18. Liquid crystal cells and optical fibers in neural network implementation

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    Domanski, Andrzej W.; Buczynski, Ryszard; Sierakowski, Marek W.

    1995-08-01

    Optical binary computer may be as easy to operate as parallel system. For such configuration Boolean logic is not very convenient and therefore neural networks should be introduced. In works leading to the paper we used liquid crystal cells as a standard system of liquid crystalline layer between to conducting electrodes in 'sandwich' geometry. We have used 25 micrometers display cells filled with nematic 6CHBT working on 'twisted nematic' effect. Based on such elements a mode of a simple Hopfield network was set up. More advanced experiments were carried out on a model of neurone with supervised learning. The model consists of four laser diodes pigtailed to the multimode optical fibers with 50 micrometers core diameter. The directional couplers help to control the level of input optical power. Four liquid crystal cells allow to change the transmission level according to superivised learning requirements. All the signals were detected by one photodiode. The presented results of experiments are in excellent agreement with theoretical predictions. An additional study was done to check the possibility to build up a linear neural network with Grossberg layer, a neural network with Kohonen layer, and a counter propagation network with two layers of neurones. We have proved that such models may be set up based on simple liquid crystals cells and optical fiber networks.

  19. Nonlinear optical processes in liquid crystals and applications in optical switching

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    Zhao, Shuo

    This dissertation research completes the exploration and development of the theoretical framework for collective liquid crystalline optical nonlinearities capable of response speeds in the microseconds---nanoseconds scale, which is more than 1000 times faster than the conventional liquid crystal (LC) response speed. Also explored in this dissertation are utilizations of these new discoveries to achieve all-optical switching. This work demonstrates all-optical switching using nonlinear orientational and thermal effects, respectively, in pure and dye-doped twisted nematic liquid crystal (TNLC) cells set between crossed polarizers. In the former case, the flow of liquid crystal molecules is generated by Maxwell stress and thereby exerts a torque on the liquid crystal. The resulting reorientation changes the effective birefringence of the liquid crystal, affecting the overall transmission. In dye-doped twisted nematics, the absorption of dye enhances laser heating in the liquid crystal, which leads to reduction of the order parameter and the corresponding macroscopic birefringence, finally making the transmission drop to zero. Following the sequences of these processes, detailed modeling for collective responses of liquid crystal and the time evolution of transmissions under short laser pulses are presented. Besides theoretical description and modeling, we demonstrate the nonlinear optical switching experimentally. The switching threshold and time are consistent with the simulation results. While dye-doped liquid crystals have a low threshold for nonlinear switching, pure twisted nematics possess high transparency in the entire visible and nearinfrared spectrum. These findings are believed to advance the current arsenal of highperformance materials for integration/use in advanced optical systems designed for sensor protection; laser hardening; and other beam/image switching, sensing, and processing operations.

  20. Surface modification of sapphire by ion implantation

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    McHargue, C.J.

    1998-11-01

    The range of microstructures and properties of sapphire (single crystalline Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) that are produced by ion implantation are discussed with respect to the implantation parameters of ion species, fluence, irradiation temperature and the orientation of the ion beam relative to crystallographic axes. The microstructure of implanted sapphire may be crystalline with varying concentrations of defects or it may be amorphous perhaps with short-range order. At moderate to high fluences, implanted metallic ions often coalesce into pure metallic colloids and gas ions form bubbles. Many of the implanted microstructural features have been identified from studies using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), optical spectroscopy, Moessbauer spectroscopy, and Rutherford backscattering-channeling. The chemical, mechanical, and physical properties reflect the microstructures.

  1. Diamond drumhead crystals for X-ray optics applications

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    Kolodziej, Tomasz; Vodnala, Preeti; Terentyev, Sergey; Blank, Vladimir; Shvyd'ko, Yuri

    2016-07-14

    Thin (<50 µm) and flawless diamond single crystals are essential for the realization of numerous advanced X-ray optical devices at synchrotron radiation and free-electron laser facilities. The fabrication and handling of such ultra-thin components without introducing crystal damage and strain is a challenge. Drumhead crystals, monolithic crystal structures composed of a thin membrane furnished with a surrounding solid collar, are a solution ensuring mechanically stable strain-free mounting of the membranes with efficient thermal transport. Diamond, being one of the hardest and most chemically inert materials, poses significant difficulties in fabrication. Reported here is the successful manufacture of diamond drumhead crystals in the [100] orientation using picosecond laser milling. Subsequent high-temperature treatment appears to be crucial for the membranes to become defect free and unstrained, as revealed by X-ray topography on examples of drumhead crystals with a 26 µm thick (1 mm in diameter) and a 47 µm thick (1.5 × 2.5 mm) membrane.

  2. Silicon single-crystal cryogenic optical resonator.

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    Wiens, Eugen; Chen, Qun-Feng; Ernsting, Ingo; Luckmann, Heiko; Rosowski, Ulrich; Nevsky, Alexander; Schiller, Stephan

    2014-06-01

    We report on the demonstration and characterization of a silicon optical resonator for laser frequency stabilization, operating in the deep cryogenic regime at temperatures as low as 1.5 K. Robust operation was achieved, with absolute frequency drift less than 20 Hz over 1 h. This stability allowed sensitive measurements of the resonator thermal expansion coefficient (α). We found that α=4.6×10(-13)  K(-1) at 1.6 K. At 16.8 K α vanishes, with a derivative equal to -6×10(-10)  K(-2). The temperature of the resonator was stabilized to a level below 10 μK for averaging times longer than 20 s. The sensitivity of the resonator frequency to a variation of the laser power was also studied. The corresponding sensitivities and the expected Brownian noise indicate that this system should enable frequency stabilization of lasers at the low-10(-17) level.

  3. Nanosecond Electro-Optic Switching of a Liquid Crystal

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    Borshch, Volodymyr; Shiyanovskii, Sergij V.; Lavrentovich, Oleg D.

    2013-09-01

    Electrically induced reorientation of nematic liquid crystal (NLC) molecules caused by dielectric anisotropy of the material is a fundamental phenomenon widely used in modern technologies. Its Achilles heel is a slow (millisecond) relaxation from the field-on to the field-off state. We present an electro-optic effect in an NLC with a response time of about 30 ns to both the field-on and field-off switching. This effect is caused by the electric field induced modification of the order parameters and does not require reorientation of the optic axis (director).

  4. Optical addressing in dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystals

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    Cheng, Ko-Ting; Liu, Cheng-Kai; Ting, Chi-Lun; Fuh, Andy Ying-Guey

    2008-10-01

    This study investigates a method of optical addressing in dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystals (DDCLCs). Photo-induced randomly adsorbed dyes can change the CLC textures from planar to focal conic. Such patterning can be adopted to develop a display that is initially invisible, but becomes visible upon heating above the clearing temperature, followed by cooling to room temperature. The display can also become visible upon the application of a suitable voltage, and its rapid release. Additionally, the display is thermally erasable, optically rewritable and electrically switchable. It can be applied for use as a smart card.

  5. Extreme optical confinement in a slotted photonic crystal waveguide

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    Caër, Charles; Le Roux, Xavier; Cassan, Eric; Combrié, Sylvain De Rossi, Alfredo

    2014-09-22

    Using Optical Coherence Tomography, we measure the attenuation of slow light modes in slotted photonic crystal waveguides. When the group index is close to 20, the attenuation is below 300 dB cm{sup −1}. Here, the optical confinement in the empty slot is very strong, corresponding to an ultra-small effective cross section of 0.02 μm{sup 2}. This is nearly 10 times below the diffraction limit at λ = 1.5 μm, and it enables an effective interaction with a very small volume of functionalized matter.

  6. Optical bistability with a repulsive optical force in coupled silicon photonic crystal membranes

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    Hui, Pui-Chuen; Woolf, David; Iwase, Eiji; Sohn, Young-Ik; Ramos, Daniel; Khan, Mughees; Rodriguez, Alejandro W.; Johnson, Steven G.; Capasso, Federico; Loncar, Marko

    2013-07-01

    We demonstrate actuation of a silicon photonic crystal membrane with a repulsive optical gradient force. The extent of the static actuation is extracted by examining the optical bistability as a combination of the optomechanical, thermo-optic, and photo-thermo-mechanical effects using coupled-mode theory. Device behavior is dominated by a repulsive optical force which results in displacements of ≈1 nm/mW. By employing an extended guided resonance which effectively eliminates multi-photon thermal and electronic nonlinearities, our silicon-based device provides a simple, non-intrusive solution to extending the actuation range of micro-electromechanical devices.

  7. Eliminating crystals in non-oxide optical fiber preforms and optical fibers

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    LaPointe, Michael R. (Inventor); Tucker, Dennis S. (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A method is provided for eliminating crystals in non-oxide optical fiber preforms as well as optical fibers drawn therefrom. The optical-fiber-drawing axis of the preform is aligned with the force of gravity. A magnetic field is applied to the preform as it is heated to at least a melting temperature thereof. The magnetic field is applied in a direction that is parallel to the preform's optical-fiber-drawing axis. The preform is then cooled to a temperature that is less than a glass transition temperature of the preform while the preform is maintained in the magnetic field. When the processed preform is to have an optical fiber drawn therefrom, the preform's optical-fiber-drawing axis is again aligned with the force of gravity and a magnetic field is again applied along the axis as the optical fiber is drawn from the preform.

  8. Updating of the interpretation of the optical absorption and emission of Verneuil synthetic and natural metamorphic blue sapphire: the role of V2+, V3+ and Cr2+

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    Palanza, V.; Chiodini, N.; Galli, A.; Lorenzi, R.; Moretti, F.; Paleari, A.; Spinolo, G.

    2010-11-01

    In the blue colored sapphires of metamorphic origin and Verneuil synthetic studied here, the absorption-emission properties in the VIS-NIR range are largely determined by Cr3+ and Ti3+, as we have been able to demonstrate recently. In that work a sharp radio-luminescence band occurring at 870 nm in Verneuil blue sapphires was left unattributed: here we give evidence for the attribution of that band to the 2E emission transition of V2+, and for the existence of such an emission also in natural samples of metamorphic origin. After such a result, we accurately evaluated by EDXRF the V concentrations in various samples and found the ion more ubiquitous than foreseen. We then searched for and found, weak but diagnostic spin forbidden transitions and phonon sequencies in the absorption spectra of samples sufficiently rich in V. The experimental results just mentioned allowed us to discuss the effects of the overlap of V3+ and Cr3+ spin-allowed absorption bands on the spectrum of the varieties of corundum under study. To complete the updating of the interpretation, we spent a further effort to strengthen the attribution of the absorption band at 14500 cm-1 (currently interpreted as an IVCT (Fe2+ → Fe3+)) to the 5E→5T2 transitions of Cr2+.

  9. Simulation of optical diagnostics for crystal growth: models and results

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    Banish, Michele R.; Clark, Rodney L.; Kathman, Alan D.; Lawson, Shelah M.

    1991-12-01

    A computer simulation of a two-color holographic interferometric (TCHI) optical system was performed using a physical (wave) optics model. This model accurately simulates propagation through time-varying, 2-D or 3-D concentration and temperature fields as a wave phenomenon. The model calculates wavefront deformations that can be used to generate fringe patterns. This simulation modeled a proposed TriGlycine sulphate TGS flight experiment by propagating through the simplified onion-like refractive index distribution of the growing crystal and calculating the recorded wavefront deformation. The phase of this wavefront was used to generate sample interferograms that map index of refraction variation. Two such fringe patterns, generated at different wavelengths, were used to extract the original temperature and concentration field characteristics within the growth chamber. This proves feasibility for this TCHI crystal growth diagnostic technique. This simulation provides feedback to the experimental design process.

  10. Growth morphologies and optical properties of LTA single crystal.

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    Liu, Xiaojing; Ren, Miaojuan; Chen, Gang; Wang, Peiji

    2013-12-01

    Atomic force microscopy (AFM) has been used to study the growth morphologies of l-threonine acetate (abbreviated as LTA) crystal. Spiral growth hillocks and typical step patterns are described and discussed. Nuclei with various shapes often distribute at the larger step terraces. Eventually, in order to investigate microscopic second order nonlinear optical properties of LTA crystals, the molecular dipole moment (μ), polarizability (α), and first hyperpolarizability (β) were computed using a series of basis sets including polarized and diffuse functions at the framework of Hartree-Fock and density functional theory methods. The study is helpful to the further development of l-threonine analogs with improved nonlinear optical properties. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Interaction of excitons with optical phonons in layer crystals

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    Nitsovich, Bohdan M.; Zenkova, C. Y.; Kramar, N. K.

    2002-02-01

    The investigation is concerned with layer crystals of the GaSe, InSe, GaTe, MoS2-type and other inorganic semiconductors, whose phonon spectrum has a great number of peculiarities, among them the availability of low-energy optical phonons. In this case the dispersion of these phonons can be essential and vary in character. The mass operator of the exciton-phonon system and the light absorption coefficient for different dispersion laws of optical phonons have been calculated. The influence of the sign of the phonon 'effective mass' on the exciton absorption band of layer crystals, which causes the opposite in sign dynamics of the absorption maximum shift, and the change of the absorption curve asymmetry have been determined.

  12. Giant electro-optic effect in nanodisordered KTN crystals.

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    Chang, Yun-Ching; Wang, Chao; Yin, Shizhuo; Hoffman, Robert C; Mott, Andrew G

    2013-11-15

    The electro-optic (EO) effect in nanodisordered potassium tantalate niobate (KTN) crystal is quantitatively investigated. It is found out that the EO coefficient of nanodisordered KTN crystal depends not only on the cooling temperature but also on the cooling rate. A larger EO coefficient can be obtained by employing a faster cooling rate. A Kerr EO efficient (s(11) - s(12) = 6.94 × 10(-14) m(2)/V(2)) is obtained at a cooling rate of 0.45 °C/s. The enhanced EO efficient by employing a faster cooling rate will be greatly beneficial for a variety of applications such as laser Q switches, laser pulse shaping, high-speed optical shutters, and modulating retroreflectors.

  13. Crystal growth, spectral, structural and optical studies of π-conjugated stilbazolium crystal: 4-bromobenzaldehyde-4'-N'-methylstilbazolium tosylate.

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    Krishna Kumar, M; Sudhahar, S; Bhagavannarayana, G; Mohan Kumar, R

    2014-05-05

    Nonlinear optical (NLO) organic compound, 4-bromobenzaldehyde-4'-N'-methylstilbazolium tosylate was synthesized by reflux method. The formation of molecular complex was confirmed from (1)H NMR, FT-IR and FT-Raman spectral analyses. The single crystals were grown by slow evaporation solution growth method and the crystal structure and atomic packing of grown crystal was identified. The morphology and growth axis of grown crystal were determined. The crystal perfection was analyzed using high resolution X-ray diffraction study on (001) plane. Thermal stability, decomposition stages and melting point of the grown crystal were analyzed. The optical absorption coefficient (α) and energy band gap (E(g)) of the crystal were determined using UV-visible absorption studies. Second harmonic generation efficiency of the grown crystal was examined by Kurtz powder method with different particle size using 1064 nm laser. Laser induced damage threshold study was carried out for the grown crystal using Nd:YAG laser.

  14. Logically combined photonic crystal - A Fabry Perot optical cavity

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    Alagappan, G.; Png, C. E.

    2016-11-01

    We address the logical combination, as opposed to the linear superposition, of two one - dimensional photonic crystals of slightly different periodicities. The original short range translational symmetry is destroyed in these quasi - periodic system. This induces a strong coupling between Bloch modes of different translational wavevectors, and results in a large number of slow modes in such logically combined photonic crystal. In this article, we show by exploiting the beating feature characteristics of the topology of our system, that these slow modes can be effectively described as modes of a Fabry Perot optical cavity made of a homogenous metamaterial with a dispersive refractive index. The homogenized refractive index of the equivalent metamaterial can be obtained from the band structure calculations, using an extended zone scheme. The density of the slow modes in the logically combined photonic crystal is inversely proportional to the group index of the equivalent metamaterial.

  15. Novel Liquid Crystals - Polymers and Monomers - As Nonlinear Optical Materials

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    1987-12-31

    and pyridine N - oxides . Results of collaborative efforts in further characterization (electrooptic, dielectric, Langmuir-Blodgett films) are described...Polymalonate Liquid Crystals for Nonlinear Optics", A. C. Griffin, A. M. Bhatti and R. S. L. Hung, Mol Cryst LiS Cryst, 155, 129 (1988). " Pyridine N - oxides ... pyridine N - oxide based side chain polymers having a push-pull pi electronic structure, (d) generation of a series of copolymers involving both an nlo

  16. Crystallization, Optical and Chemical Properties of Fluoride Glasses

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    Doremus, R. H.

    1985-01-01

    Fluoride glasses have great promise as infrared optical components, especially fibers, because they are transparent to 8 micrometers and higher. In order to optimize properties, different glass compositions are needed. Some are hard to form in a container, and may possibly be formable in a containerless furnace. Understanding of crystallization with and without a container could lead to glasses with optimum properties. Chemical durability (attack by water) can limit or extend the applicability of fluoride glasses. Progress to date is given.

  17. Crystallization, Optical and Chemical Properties of Fluoride Glasses

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    Doremus, R. H.

    1985-01-01

    Fluoride glasses have great promise as infrared optical components, especially fibers, because they are transparent to 8 micrometers and higher. In order to optimize properties, different glass compositions are needed. Some are hard to form in a container, and may possibly be formable in a containerless furnace. Understanding of crystallization with and without a container could lead to glasses with optimum properties. Chemical durability (attack by water) can limit or extend the applicability of fluoride glasses. Progress to date is given.

  18. Eliminating Crystals in Non-Oxide Optical Fiber Preforms and Optical Fibers

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    Tucker, Dennis S.; LaPointe, Michael R.

    2012-01-01

    Non ]oxide fiber optics such as heavy metal fluoride and chalcogenide glasses are extensively used in infrared transmitting applications such as communication systems, chemical sensors, and laser fiber guides for cutting, welding and medical surgery. The addition of rare earths such as erbium, enable these materials to be used as fiber laser and amplifiers. Some of these glasses however are very susceptible to crystallization. Even small crystals can lead to light scatter and a high attenuation coefficient, limiting their usefulness. Previously two research teams found that microgravity suppressed crystallization in heavy metal fluoride glasses. Looking for a less expensive method to suppress crystallization, ground based research was performed utilizing an axial magnetic field. The experiments revealed identical results to those obtained via microgravity processing. This research then led to a patented process for eliminating crystals in optical fiber preforms and the resulting optical fibers. In this paper, the microgravity results will be reviewed as well as patents and papers relating to the use of magnetic fields in various material and glass processing applications. Finally our patent to eliminate crystals in non ]oxide glasses utilizing a magnetic field will be detailed.

  19. Direct observation of crystal growth from solution using optical investigation of a growing crystal face

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    Lal, Ravindra

    1994-01-01

    The first technical report for the period 1 Jan. 1993 till 31 Dec. 1993 for the research entitled, 'Direct observation of crystal growth from solution using Optical Investigation of a growing crystal Face' is presented. The work on the project did not start till 1 June 1993 due to the non-availability of the required personnel. The progress of the work during the period 1 June 1993 till the end of 1993 is described. Significant progress was made for testing various optical diagnostic techniques for monitoring crystal solution. Some of the techniques that are being tested are: heterodyne detection technique, in which changes in phase are measured as a interferometric function of time/crystal growth; a conventional technique, in which a fringe brightness is measured as a function of crystal growth/time; and a Mach-Zehnder interferometric technique in which a fringe brightness is measured as a function of time to obtain information on concentration changes. During the second year it will be decided to incorporate the best interferometric technique along with the ellipsometric technique, to obtain real time in-situ growth rate measurements. A laboratory mock-up of the first two techniques were made and tested.

  20. Optical apparatus using liquid crystals for shaping the spatial intensity of optical beams having designated wavelengths

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

    1987-07-14

    The spatial intensity profile of an optical beam of designated wavelengths, such as a laser beam, is shaped (the beam is apodized) by means of cholesteric liquid crystals of opposite chirality disposed successively along the path of the beam. The crystals have curved surfaces, which may be defined by a lens which defines the thickness of the liquid crystal fluid gap in a liquid crystal cell, so as to vary the selective reflection of the designated wavelength across the aperture of the beam. In this way, a soft aperture is provided. By using tandem cell pairs having liquid crystals of opposite chirality, but of different pitch, and with lenses of different curvature, beams of different wavelengths which are projected colinearly along the path may be individually tailored in spatial intensity profile. 11 figs.

  1. Optical apparatus using liquid crystals for shaping the spatial intensity of optical beams having designated wavelengths

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    Jacobs, Stephen D.; Cerqua, Kathleen A.

    1987-01-01

    The spatial intensity profile of an optical beam of designated wavelengths, such as a laser beam, is shaped (the beam is apodized) by means of cholesteric liquid crystals of opposite chirality disposed successively along the path of the beam. The crystals have curved surfaces, which may be defined by a lens which defines the thickness of the liquid crystal fluid gap in a liquid crystal cell, so as to vary the selective reflection of the designated wavelength across the aperture of the beam. In this way, a soft aperture is provided. By using tandem cell pairs having liquid crystals of opposite chirality, but of different pitch, and with lenses of different curvature, beams of different wavelengths which are projected colinearly along the path may be individually tailored in spatial intensity profile.

  2. Slow light enhanced optical nonlinearity in a silicon photonic crystal coupled-resonator optical waveguide.

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    Matsuda, Nobuyuki; Kato, Takumi; Harada, Ken-Ichi; Takesue, Hiroki; Kuramochi, Eiichi; Taniyama, Hideaki; Notomi, Masaya

    2011-10-10

    We demonstrate highly enhanced optical nonlinearity in a coupled-resonator optical waveguide (CROW) in a four-wave mixing experiment. Using a CROW consisting of 200 coupled resonators based on width-modulated photonic crystal nanocavities in a line defect, we obtained an effective nonlinear constant exceeding 10,000 /W/m, thanks to slow light propagation combined with a strong spatial confinement of light achieved by the wavelength-sized cavities.

  3. High power continuous-wave titanium:sapphire laser

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    Erbert, Gaylen V.; Bass, Isaac L.; Hackel, Richard P.; Jenkins, Sherman L.; Kanz, Vernon K.; Paisner, Jeffrey A.

    1993-01-01

    A high-power continuous-wave laser resonator (10) is provided, wherein first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth mirrors (11-16) form a double-Z optical cavity. A first Ti:Sapphire rod (17) is disposed between the second and third mirrors (12,13) and at the mid-point of the length of the optical cavity, and a second Ti:Sapphire rod (18) is disposed between the fourth and fifth mirrors (14,15) at a quarter-length point in the optical cavity. Each Ti:Sapphire rod (17,18) is pumped by two counter-propagating pump beams from a pair of argon-ion lasers (21-22, 23-24). For narrow band operation, a 3-plate birefringent filter (36) and an etalon (37) are disposed in the optical cavity so that the spectral output of the laser consists of 5 adjacent cavity modes. For increased power, seventy and eighth mirrors (101, 192) are disposed between the first and second mirrors (11, 12) to form a triple-Z optical cavity. A third Ti:Sapphire rod (103) is disposed between the seventh and eighth mirrors (101, 102) at the other quarter-length point in the optical cavity, and is pumped by two counter-propagating pump beams from a third pair of argon-ion lasers (104, 105).

  4. High power continuous-wave titanium:sapphire laser

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    Erbert, G.V.; Bass, I.L.; Hackel, R.P.; Jenkins, S.L.; Kanz, V.K.; Paisner, J.A.

    1993-09-21

    A high-power continuous-wave laser resonator is provided, wherein first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth mirrors form a double-Z optical cavity. A first Ti:sapphire rod is disposed between the second and third mirrors and at the mid-point of the length of the optical cavity, and a second Ti:sapphire rod is disposed between the fourth and fifth mirrors at a quarter-length point in the optical cavity. Each Ti:sapphire rod is pumped by two counter-propagating pump beams from a pair of argon-ion lasers. For narrow band operation, a 3-plate birefringent filter and an etalon are disposed in the optical cavity so that the spectral output of the laser consists of 5 adjacent cavity modes. For increased power, seventy and eighth mirrors are disposed between the first and second mirrors to form a triple-Z optical cavity. A third Ti:sapphire rod is disposed between the seventh and eighth mirrors at the other quarter-length point in the optical cavity, and is pumped by two counter-propagating pump beams from a third pair of argon-ion lasers. 5 figures.

  5. Thermo-optical properties and nonlinear optical response of smectic liquid crystals containing gold nanoparticles.

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    de Melo, P B; Nunes, A M; Omena, L; do Nascimento, S M S; da Silva, M G A; Meneghetti, M R; de Oliveira, I N

    2015-10-01

    The present work is devoted to the study of the thermo-optical and nonlinear optical properties of smectic samples containing gold nanoparticles with different shapes. By using the time-resolved Z-scan technique, we determine the effects of nanoparticle addition on the critical behavior of the thermal diffusivity and thermo-optical coefficient at the vicinity of the smectic-A-nematic phase transition. Our results reveal that introduction of gold nanoparticles affects the temperature dependence of thermo-optical parameters, due to the local distortions in the orientational order and heat generation provided by guest particles during the laser exposure. Further, we show that a nonlinear optical response may take place at temperatures where the smectic order is well established. We provide a detailed discussion of the effects associated with the introduction gold nanoparticles on the mechanisms behind the thermal transport and optical nonlinearity in liquid-crystal samples.

  6. Thermo-optical properties and nonlinear optical response of smectic liquid crystals containing gold nanoparticles

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    de Melo, P. B.; Nunes, A. M.; Omena, L.; Nascimento, S. M. S. do; da Silva, M. G. A.; Meneghetti, M. R.; de Oliveira, I. N.

    2015-10-01

    The present work is devoted to the study of the thermo-optical and nonlinear optical properties of smectic samples containing gold nanoparticles with different shapes. By using the time-resolved Z-scan technique, we determine the effects of nanoparticle addition on the critical behavior of the thermal diffusivity and thermo-optical coefficient at the vicinity of the smectic-A -nematic phase transition. Our results reveal that introduction of gold nanoparticles affects the temperature dependence of thermo-optical parameters, due to the local distortions in the orientational order and heat generation provided by guest particles during the laser exposure. Further, we show that a nonlinear optical response may take place at temperatures where the smectic order is well established. We provide a detailed discussion of the effects associated with the introduction gold nanoparticles on the mechanisms behind the thermal transport and optical nonlinearity in liquid-crystal samples.

  7. Optical bistability in photonic crystal microrings with nonlinear dielectric materials.

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    Ogusu, Kazuhiko; Takayama, Kosuke

    2008-05-12

    We study the linear resonance properties of several types of microrings in a two-dimensional photonic crystal (PC) consisting of a square lattice with air holes in dielectric using the plane-wave expansion method and the FDTD method. Moreover we investigate the nonlinear responses, especially optical bistability when an intense optical pulse is incident into the microrings. In this paper, Ag-As-Se chalcogenide glass is assumed as nonlinear dielectric, which has a high third-order nonlinearity. Although line-defect waveguides in an air-hole-type PC are usually multimoded, we can obtain interesting unique properties such as counter rotation of intracavity fields, transmission to all output ports, and unstable nonlinear oscillations in the multimoded PC microring. We can improve the resonance characteristics by partly introducing single-mode waveguides into microrings and can obtain stable optical bistability.

  8. Mode conversion enables optical pulling force in photonic crystal waveguides

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    Zhu, Tongtong; Novitsky, Andrey; Cao, Yongyin; Mahdy, M. R. C.; Wang, Lin; Sun, Fangkui; Jiang, Zehui; Ding, Weiqiang

    2017-08-01

    We propose a robust scheme to achieve optical pulling force using the guiding modes supported in a hollow core double-mode photonic crystal waveguide instead of the structured optical beams in free space investigated earlier. The waveguide under consideration supports both the 0th order mode with a larger forward momentum and the 1st order mode with a smaller forward momentum. When the 1st order mode is launched, the scattering by the object inside the waveguide results in the conversion from the 1st order mode to the 0th order mode, thus creating the optical pulling force according to the conservation of linear momentum. We present the quantitative agreement between the results derived from the mode conversion analysis and those from rigorous simulation using the finite-difference in the time-domain numerical method. Importantly, the optical pulling scheme presented here is robust and broadband with naturally occurred lateral equilibriums and has a long manipulation range. Flexibilities of the current configuration make it valuable for the optical force tailoring and optical manipulation operation, especially in microfluidic channel systems.

  9. Optical biosensors based on photonic crystal surface waves.

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    Konopsky, Valery N; Alieva, Elena V

    2009-01-01

    Optical biosensors have played a key role in the selective recognition of target biomolecules and in biomolecular interaction analysis, providing kinetic data about biological binding events in real time without labeling. The advantages of the label-free concept are the elimination of detrimental effects from labels that may interfere with fundamental interaction and the absence of a time-consuming pretreatment. The disadvantages of all label-free techniques--including the most mature one, surface plasmon resonance (SPR) technique, are a deficient sensitivity to a specific signal and undesirable susceptibilities to non-specific signals, e.g., to the volume effect of refraction index variations. These variations arise from temperature fluctuations and drifts and they are the limiting factor for many state-of-the-art optical biosensors. Here we describe a new optical biosensor technique based on the registration of dual optical s-polarized waves on a photonic crystal surface. The simultaneous registration of two different optical modes from the same surface spot permits the segregation of the volume and the surface signals, while the absence of metal damping permits an increase in the propagation length of the optical surface waves and the sensitivity of the biosensor. The technique was tested with the binding of biotin molecules to a streptavidin monolayer that has been detected with a signal/noise ratio of about 15 at 1 s signal accumulation time. The detection limit is about 20 fg of the analyte on the probed spot of the surface.

  10. Measurement of the elastic-optic effect of crystal using PM fiber optic low coherence interferometry

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    Xing, J. H.

    2011-06-01

    The elasticooptic effect of crystal is analyzed by the method of index ellipsoid. The relationship between the stress along the optical axis of trigonal crystallographic system and the refractive index is then established. Considering the optical anisotropic property of crystal and very small change of refractive index with the stress, the optic low coherence interferometry technique can be extended to measure the refractive index of anisotropic material, beause of its high spatial resolving power. Moreover, all polarization-maintaining fiber Michelson interferometer for measuring the elasticooptic coefficient of crystal has been sucessfully constructed. Unlike a common fiber low coherence interferometer, all the components are connected via polarization-maintaining fibers. Besides, an improved method using low coherence interferometry and Michelson interferometer to measure group refractive index is introduced, using grating displacement sensor and all polarization-maintaining fiber to greatly increase the displacement precision of scanning mirror. The refractive index change of LiNbO3 crystal under different external force has been measured and the elasticooptic coefficient is determined. It is shown that the elasticooptic coefficients P13 and P33 of LiNbO3 crystal are 0.110 and 0.089, respectively. The precision reaches 0.001.

  11. Crystal structure, thermal and optical properties of Benzimidazole benzimidazolium picrate crystal

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    Jagadesan, A.; Peramaiyan, G.; Srinivasan, T.; Kumar, R. Mohan; Arjunan, S.

    2016-02-01

    A new organic framework of benzimidazole with picric acid has been synthesized. A single crystal with a size of 38×10×4 mm3 was grown by a slow evaporation solution growth technique. X-ray diffraction study revealed that the BZP crystal belongs to triclinic system with space group P-1. High resolution X-ray diffraction study shows the absence of grain boundaries without any defects. The thermal stability and specific heat capacity of BZP were investigated by TG/DT and TG/DSC analyses. From the UV-vis-NIR spectral study, optical transmission window and band gap of BZP were found out. The nonlinear refractive index (n2) and third order susceptibility Re(χ(3)) values of BZP crystal are estimated to be 1.73×10-7 cm2/W and 1.26×10-5 esu, respectively using a Z-scan technique.

  12. Piezo-optic, photoelastic, and acousto-optic properties of SrB4O7 crystals.

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    Mytsyk, Bohdan; Demyanyshyn, Natalia; Martynyuk-Lototska, Irina; Vlokh, Rostyslav

    2011-07-20

    On the basis of studies of the piezo-optic effect, it has been shown that SrB(4)O(7) crystals can be used as efficient acousto-optic materials in the vacuum ultraviolet spectral range. The full matrices of piezo-optic and photoelastic coefficients have been experimentally obtained for these crystals. The acousto-optic figure of merit and the diffraction efficiency have been estimated for both the visible and deep ultraviolet spectral ranges.

  13. Structural, thermal, optical and nonlinear optical properties of ethylenediaminium picrate single crystals

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    Indumathi, C.; T. C., Sabari Girisun; Anitha, K.; Alfred Cecil Raj, S.

    2017-07-01

    A new organic optical limiting material, ethylenediaminium picrate (EDAPA) was synthesized through acid base reaction and grown as single crystals by solvent evaporation method. Single crystal XRD analysis showed that EDAPA crystallizes in orthorhombic system with Cmca as space group. The formation of charge transfer complex during the reaction of ethylenediamine and picric acid was strongly evident through the recorded Fourier Transform Infra Red (FTIR), Raman and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrum. Thermal (TG-DTA and DSC) curves indicated that the material possesses high thermal stability with decomposition temperature at 243 °C. Optical (UV-Visible-NIR) analysis showed that the grown crystal was found to be transparent in the entire visible and NIR region. Z-scan studies with intense short pulse (532 nm, 5 ns, 100 μJ) excitations, revealed that EDAPA exhibited two photon absorption behaviour and the nonlinear absorption coefficient was found to be two orders of magnitude higher than some of the known optical limiter like Cu nano glasses. EDAPA exhibited a strong optical limiting action with low limiting threshold which make them a potential candidate for eye and photosensitive component protection against intense short pulse lasers.

  14. Determining residual impurities in sapphire by means of electron paramagnetic resonance and nuclear activation analysis

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    Bletskan, D. I.; Bratus', V. Ya.; Luk'yanchuk, A. R.; Maslyuk, V. T.; Parlag, O. A.

    2008-07-01

    Sapphire (α-Al2O3) single crystals grown using the Verneuil and Kyropoulos methods have been analyzed using electron paramagnetic resonance and γ-ray spectroscopy with 12-MeV bremsstrahlung excitation. It is established that uncontrolled impurities in the final sapphire single crystals grown by the Kyropoulos method in molybdenum-tungsten crucibles are supplied both from the initial materials and from the furnace and crucible materials

  15. Lasing and waveguiding in smectic A liquid crystal optical fibers

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    Peddireddy, Karthik; Jampani, V. S. R.; Herminghaus, Stephan; Bahr, Christian; Vitek, Maruša.; Muševič, Igor

    2014-10-01

    We demonstrate a new sort of optical fibers, which are self-assembled from a smectic-A liquid crystal. When this liquid crystal is put in contact with water solution of surfactant CTAB, microfibers start spontaneously growing at the liquid crystal-water interface. The fibers are of very uniform diameter and can be several hundreds of micrometers long. They all have a line topological defect in the core of the fiber with a local optical axis pointing from the defect core towards the surface. The ends of the fiber are of perfect spherical shape. By doping the fibers with a fluorescent dye, we demonstrate guiding of light along the fiber. When the fiber is illuminated with pulsed light, which is absorbed by the dye, we observe Whispering Gallery Mode (WGM) lasing in a plane perpendicular to the fiber. The smectic-A fibers are soft and flexible and can be manipulated with laser tweezers demonstrating a promising approach for the realization of soft matter photonic circuits.

  16. Refractive index homogeneity TWE effect on large aperture optical systems

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    Stout, M.; Neff, B.

    2017-05-01

    Sapphire windows are routinely being used in demanding aerospace applications due to their high strength and desirable optical and material properties. Sapphire is particularly useful in addressing the increasing need for systems that provide a wider range of capabilities in a single package. In general, refractive index homogeneity of the component materials can have a significant impact on overall optical system performance. This leads to the need for a deeper understanding of the shape and magnitude of index inhomogeneity in large sapphire windows to ensure predictable, high quality operation. Thin, sapphire slices from a sapphire crystal boule grown via the Heat Exchanger Method (HEM) have been previously evaluated for refractive index homogeneity over a 25.4cm (10.0") aperture. The resultant transmitted wavefront error (TWE) from those measurements has now been used to model typical optical systems to quantify the effects on system-level performance attributed to representative amounts of index inhomogeneity in the sapphire window. The results of this modeling effort are presented in the following paper.

  17. Electro-optical switching of liquid crystals of graphene oxide

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    Song, Jang-Kun

    Electric field effects on aqueous graphene-oxide (GO) dispersions are reviewed in this chapter. In isotropic and biphasic regimes of GO dispersions, in which the inter-particle friction is low, GO particles sensitively respond to the application of electric field, producing field-induced optical birefringence. The electro-optical sensitivity dramatically decreases as the phase transits to the nematic phase; the increasing inter-particle friction hinders the rotational switching of GO particles. The corresponding Kerr coefficient reaches the maximum near the isotropic to biphasic transition concentration, at which the Kerr coefficient is found be c.a. 1:8 · 10-5 mV-2, the highest value ever reported in all Kerr materials. The exceptionally large Kerr effect arises from the Maxwell- Wagner polarization of GO particles with an extremely large aspect ratio and a thick electrical double layer (EDL). The polarization sensitively depends on the ratio of surface and bulk conductivities in dispersions. As a result, low ion concentration in bulk solvent is highly required to achieve a quality electro-optical switching in GO dispersions. Spontaneous vinylogous carboxylic reaction in GO particles produces H+ ions, resulting in spontaneous degradation of electro-optical response with time, hence the removal of residual ions by using a centrifuge cleaning process significantly improves the electro-optical sensitivity. GO particle size is another important parameter for the Kerr coefficient and the response time. The best performance is observed in a GO dispersion with c.a. 0.5 μm mean size. Dielectrophoretic migration of GO particles can be also used to manipulate GO particles in solution. Using these unique features of GO dispersions, one can fabricate GO liquid crystal devices similar to conventional liquid crystal displays; the large Kerr effect allows fabricating a low power device working at extremely low electric fields.

  18. Automated mineral identification algorithm using optical properties of crystals

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    Aligholi, Saeed; Khajavi, Reza; Razmara, Morteza

    2015-12-01

    A method has been developed to automatically characterize the type of mineral phases by means of digital image analysis using optical properties of crystals. The method relies on microscope automation, digital image acquisition, image processing and analysis. Two hundred series of digital images were taken from 45 standard thin sections using a digital camera mounted on a conventional microscope and then transmitted to a computer. CIELab color space is selected for the processing, in order to effectively employ its well-defined color difference metric for introducing appropriate color-based feature. Seven basic optical properties of minerals (A. color; B. pleochroism; C. interference color; D. birefringence; E. opacity; F. isotropy; G. extinction angle) are redefined. The Local Binary Pattern (LBP) operator and modeling texture is integrated in the Mineral Identification (MI) scheme to identify homogeneous regions in microscopic images of minerals. The accuracy of mineral identification using the method was %99, %98, %96 and %95 for biotite, hornblende, quartz and calcite minerals, respectively. The method is applicable to other minerals and phases for which individual optical properties of crystals do not provide enough discrimination between the relevant phases. On the basis of this research, it can be concluded that if the CIELab color space and the local binary pattern (LBP) are applied, it is possible to recognize the mineral samples with the accuracy of more than 98%.

  19. Optical vortex coronagraphy using liquid crystal topological defects (Conference Presentation)

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    Aleksanyan, Artur; Brasselet, Etienne

    2016-09-01

    In 1931, French astronomer Bernard Lyot suggested that placing a beam stop in the center of the Fourier plane of a telescope allows observing faint objects nearby on-axis bright sources. This opened a new chapter in astronomical imaging called coronagraphy. Since then various techniques have been proposed and implemented experimentally. In particular, it was shown that pure phase masks, instead of amplitude ones, is an efficient way to reject on-axis light. Since one decade, there is a growing interest in spiraling phase (optical vortex) masks that may create of a nodal area at the exit pupil plane of the telescope outside which on-axis light is rejected. Such optical vortex coronagraphy implies the development of singular phase masks endowed with well defined topological properties. To this aim, nowadays nanofabrication tools are a prime choice, which includes liquid crystal photo-alignment technology. Here we show that spontaneously occurring liquid crystal topological defects offer a smart alternative to optical vortex phase masks. Our first experimental smart coronagraphy observations will be presented and discussed.

  20. Characterization and Operation of Liquid Crystal Adaptive Optics Phoropter

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    Awwal, A; Bauman, B; Gavel, D; Olivier, S; Jones, S; Hardy, J L; Barnes, T; Werner, J S

    2003-02-05

    Adaptive optics (AO), a mature technology developed for astronomy to compensate for the effects of atmospheric turbulence, can also be used to correct the aberrations of the eye. The classic phoropter is used by ophthalmologists and optometrists to estimate and correct the lower-order aberrations of the eye, defocus and astigmatism, in order to derive a vision correction prescription for their patients. An adaptive optics phoropter measures and corrects the aberrations in the human eye using adaptive optics techniques, which are capable of dealing with both the standard low-order aberrations and higher-order aberrations, including coma and spherical aberration. High-order aberrations have been shown to degrade visual performance for clinical subjects in initial investigations. An adaptive optics phoropter has been designed and constructed based on a Shack-Hartmann sensor to measure the aberrations of the eye, and a liquid crystal spatial light modulator to compensate for them. This system should produce near diffraction-limited optical image quality at the retina, which will enable investigation of the psychophysical limits of human vision. This paper describes the characterization and operation of the AO phoropter with results from human subject testing.

  1. Thermal, optical and spectroscopic characterizations of borate laser crystals

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    Chavoutier, M.; Jubera, V.; Veber, P.; Velazquez, M.; Viraphong, O.; Hejtmanek, J.; Decourt, R.; Debray, J.; Menaert, B.; Segonds, P.; Adamietz, F.; Rodriguez, V.; Manek-Hoenninger, I.; Fargues, A.; Descamps, D.; Garcia, A.

    2011-02-15

    The Yb-content Li{sub 6}Ln(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} (Ln: Gd, Y) solid solution has been investigated. Crystal growth has been successful for several compositions. A 22% molar content of ytterbium ions was determined by chemical analysis (ICP). Physical properties relevant to laser operation like mechanical hardness, thermal expansion and thermal conductivity were measured on single crystals. Optical measurements, including refractive index and low temperature spectroscopy, were also performed. Finally, the effect of the Y/Gd ratio is discussed. -- Graphical abstract: Several solid solutions of a rare earth borate were studied. The figure illustrates one of these single crystals obtained by Czochralski and shows thermal behaviour and absorption spectra at low temperature. Display Omitted Research highlights: {yields} We have grown by Czochralski method five Li{sub 6}Ln(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} (Ln=Y, Gd,Yb) single crystals. {yields} Chemical, physical and spectroscopic characteristics are reported. {yields} Data relevant to laser operation are listed.

  2. Adaptive optics fundus camera using a liquid crystal phase modulator

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    Yamaguchi, Tatsuo; Nakazawa, Naoki; Bessho, Kenichiro; Kitaguchi, Yoshiyuki; Maeda, Naoyuki; Fujikado, Takashi; Mihashi, Toshifumi

    2008-05-01

    We have developed an adaptive optics (AO) fundus camera to obtain high resolution retinal images of eyes. We use a liquid crystal phase modulator to compensate the aberrations of the eye for better resolution and better contrast in the images. The liquid crystal phase modulator has a wider dynamic range to compensate aberrations than most mechanical deformable mirrors and its linear phase generation makes it easy to follow eye movements. The wavefront aberration was measured in real time with a sampling rate of 10 Hz and the closed loop system was operated at around 2 Hz. We developed software tools to align consecutively obtained images. From our experiments with three eyes, the aberrations of normal eyes were reduced to less than 0.1 μm (RMS) in less than three seconds by the liquid crystal phase modulator. We confirmed that this method was adequate for measuring eyes with large aberrations including keratoconic eyes. Finally, using the liquid crystal phase modulator, high resolution images of retinas could be obtained.

  3. Studies of Optical Wave Front Conjugation and Imaging Properties of Nematic Liquid Crystal Films

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    1988-06-30

    processes was also demonstrated. The capability of optical four wave mixing to generate amplified reflection and self- oscillation in nematic liquid crystal...via real time optical wave mixing process was also demonstrated. The capability of optical four wave mixing to generate amplified reflection and self...the special nonlinear optical properties of liquid crystal films for optical wave front conjugation and in related four -wave mixing processes. The

  4. Optical measurement of Verdet constants of two electrooptic crystals and their applications to optical sensors

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    Li, Changsheng

    2013-12-01

    Verdet constants of beta-barium borate (BBO) and lead molybdate (PMO) crystals are measured experimentally by the method of comparison with a block of terbium-doped glass with a known Verdet constant. Experimental setups mainly include two prism polarizers, a solenoid and ac current supply, and signal processing circuits. The influences of light intensity fluctuation, applied magnetic field and signal processing circuits on measurement result of Verdet constant can be removed by using the method of comparison. For light wavelength of 635nm, the measured Verdet constants respectively are 5.80+/-0.06 rad/(T.m) for the BBO crystal and 54.6+/-1.1 rad/(T.m) for the PMO crystal. A novel optical current sensor based on electrooptic compensation is designed in principle using the BBO crystal.

  5. Coherent optical photons from shock waves in crystals.

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    Reed, Evan J; Soljacić, Marin; Gee, Richard; Joannopoulos, J D

    2006-01-13

    We predict that coherent electromagnetic radiation in the 1-100 THz frequency range can be generated in crystalline materials when subject to a shock wave or soliton-like propagating excitation. To our knowledge, this phenomenon represents a fundamentally new form of coherent optical radiation source that is distinct from lasers and free-electron lasers. The radiation is generated by the synchronized motion of large numbers of atoms when a shock wave propagates through a crystal. General analytical theory and NaCl molecular dynamics simulations demonstrate coherence lengths on the order of mm (around 20 THz) and potentially greater. The emission frequencies are determined by the shock speed and the lattice constants of the crystal and can potentially be used to determine atomic-scale properties of the shocked material.

  6. A piezoelectric single-crystal ultrasonic microactuator for driving optics.

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    Guo, Mingsen; Dong, Shuxiang; Ren, Bo; Luo, Haosu

    2011-12-01

    At the millimeter scale, the motions or force out puts generated by conventional piezoelectric, magnetostrictive, photostrictive, or electromagnetic actuators are very limited. Here, we report a piezoelectric ultrasonic microactuator (size: 1.5 × 1.5 × 5 mm, weight: 0.1 g) made of PIN-PMN-PT single crystal. The actuator converts its high-frequency microscopic displacements (nanometer to micrometer scale) into a macro scopic, centimeter-scale linear movement of a slider via frictional force, resulting in a speed up to 50 mm/s and a very high unit volume direct driving force of 26 mN/mm(3) (which is ~100 times higher than a voice coil motor and ~4 times higher than a piezoceramic ultrasonic motor). This work shows the feasibility of using piezoelectric single-crystal-based ultrasonic microactuator for miniature drive of optics in next-generation mobiles and cameras.

  7. Photonic crystals and optical mode engineering for thin film photovoltaics.

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    Gomard, Guillaume; Peretti, Romain; Drouard, Emmanuel; Meng, Xianqin; Seassal, Christian

    2013-05-06

    In this paper, we present the design, analysis, and experimental results on the integration of 2D photonic crystals in thin film photovoltaic solar cells based on hydrogenated amorphous silicon. We introduce an analytical approach based on time domain coupled mode theory to investigate the impact of the photon lifetime and anisotropy of the optical resonances on the absorption efficiency. Specific design rules are derived from this analysis. We also show that, due to the specific properties of the photonic crystal resonances, the angular acceptance of such solar cells is particularly high. Rigorous Coupled Wave Analysis simulations show that the absorption in the a-Si:H active layers, integrated from 300 to 750 nm, is only decreased from 65.7% to 60% while the incidence angle is increased from 0 to 55°. Experimental results confirm the stability of the incident light absorption in the patterned stack, for angles of incidence up to 50°.

  8. Enhanced Nonlinear Optical Effect in Hybrid Liquid Crystal Cells Based on Photonic Crystal

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    Bugaychuk, Svitlana; Iljin, Andrey; Lytvynenko, Oleg; Tarakhan, Ludmila; Karachevtseva, Lulmila

    2017-07-01

    Nonlinear-optical response of photorefractive hybrid liquid crystal (LC) cells has been studied by means of dynamic holographic technique in two-wave mixing arrangement. The LC cells include nonuniform silicon substrates comprising a micrometer-range photonic crystal. A thin LC layer is set between silicon substrate and a flat glass substrate covered by a transparent (ITO) electrode. A dynamic diffraction grating was induced in the LC volume by the two-wave mixing of laser beams with simultaneous application of DC electric field to the cell. Theoretical model of Raman-Nath self-diffraction was developed. This model allows for calculation of nonlinear optical characteristics in thin samples on the base of two-wave mixing experimental data, and with taking into account light losses on absorption and/or scattering. The hybrid LC cells demonstrate strong nonlinear optical effect, prospective for many applications in electro-optical microsystems, such as SLMs, as well as in multi-channel systems.

  9. Enhanced Nonlinear Optical Effect in Hybrid Liquid Crystal Cells Based on Photonic Crystal.

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    Bugaychuk, Svitlana; Iljin, Andrey; Lytvynenko, Oleg; Tarakhan, Ludmila; Karachevtseva, Lulmila

    2017-12-01

    Nonlinear-optical response of photorefractive hybrid liquid crystal (LC) cells has been studied by means of dynamic holographic technique in two-wave mixing arrangement. The LC cells include nonuniform silicon substrates comprising a micrometer-range photonic crystal. A thin LC layer is set between silicon substrate and a flat glass substrate covered by a transparent (ITO) electrode. A dynamic diffraction grating was induced in the LC volume by the two-wave mixing of laser beams with simultaneous application of DC electric field to the cell. Theoretical model of Raman-Nath self-diffraction was developed. This model allows for calculation of nonlinear optical characteristics in thin samples on the base of two-wave mixing experimental data, and with taking into account light losses on absorption and/or scattering. The hybrid LC cells demonstrate strong nonlinear optical effect, prospective for many applications in electro-optical microsystems, such as SLMs, as well as in multi-channel systems.

  10. Optical Activity and Optical Anisotropy in Photomechanical Crystals of Chiral Salicylidenephenylethylamines.

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    Takanabe, Akifumi; Tanaka, Masahito; Johmoto, Kohei; Uekusa, Hidehiro; Mori, Tadashi; Koshima, Hideko; Asahi, Toru

    2016-11-16

    Introducing chirality into photomechanical crystals is beneficial for the diversification of mechanical motion. Measurement of the chiroptical and optical anisotropic properties of chiral crystals is indispensable for evaluating photomechanical crystals. The platelike crystals of S- and R-enantiomers of photochromic N-3,5-di-tert-butylsalicylidene-1-phenylethylamine in enol form (enol-(S)-1 and enol-(R)-1) caused bending motion with twisting upon ultraviolet (UV) light irradiation, due to shrinkage along the length and width directions of the irradiated surface, based on the optimized crystal structure of the photoisomerized trans-keto-(S)-1. By employing the generalized high-accuracy universal polarimeter (G-HAUP), optical anisotropic (linear birefringence, LB; linear dichroism, LD) as well as chiroptical (circular birefringence, CB; circular dichroism, CD) spectra of both the enantiomeric crystals on the (001) face were simultaneously measured before and under continuous UV irradiation. The LD peak was observed at 330 nm in the negative sign, derived from the π-π* transition of the intramolecularly hydrogen-bonded salicylidenimino moiety. The CD spectra of the S and R crystals revealed the negative and positive Cotton effect at 330 nm, respectively, and new peaks appeared at 460 nm under UV light irradiation due to photoisomerization to the S and R trans-keto isomers at around 10% conversion. The CB and CD spectra evaluated by the HAUP measurement were opposite to those measured in the hexane solution, as well as those simulated by quantum chemical calculation. The dissymmetry parameter, g, of the enol-(S)-1 crystal along the c axis (0.013) was approximately 10 times larger than the g values in the solution (0.0010) and by calculation (0.0016).

  11. Photoconductive and electro-optic effects in (Cd,Mg)Te single crystals measured in an experiment-on-chip configuration

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    Serafini, John; Hossain, A.; James, R. B.; Guziewicz, M.; Kruszka, R.; Słysz, W.; Kochanowska, D.; Domagala, J. Z.; Mycielski, A.; Sobolewski, Roman

    2017-07-01

    We present our studies on both photoconductive (PC) and electro-optic (EO) responses of (Cd,Mg)Te single crystals. In an In-doped Cd0.92Mg0.08Te single crystal, subpicosecond electrical pulses were optically generated via a PC effect, coupled into a transmission line, and, subsequently, detected using an internal EO sampling scheme, all in the same (Cd,Mg)Te material. For photo-excitation and EO sampling, we used femtosecond optical pulses generated by the same Ti:sapphire laser with the wavelengths of 410 and 820 nm, respectively. The shortest transmission line distance between the optical excitation and EO sampling points was 75 μm. By measuring the transient waveforms at different distances from the excitation point, we calculated the transmission-line complex propagation factor, as well as the THz frequency attenuation factor and the propagation velocity, all of which allowed us to reconstruct the electromagnetic transient generated directly at the excitation point, showing that the original PC transient was subpicosecond in duration with a fall time of ˜500 fs. Finally, the measured EO retardation, together with the amount of the electric-field penetration, allowed us to determine the magnitude of the internal EO effect in our (Cd,Mg)Te crystal. The obtained THz-frequency EO coefficient was equal to 0.4 pm/V, which is at the lower end among the values reported for CdTe-based ternaries, apparently, due to the disorientation of the tested crystal that resulted in the non-optimal EO measurement condition.

  12. Harnessing optical vortex lattices in nematic liquid crystals.

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    Barboza, R; Bortolozzo, U; Assanto, G; Vidal-Henriquez, E; Clerc, M G; Residori, S

    2013-08-30

    By creating self-induced vortexlike defects in the nematic liquid crystal layer of a light valve, we demonstrate the realization of programable lattices of optical vortices with arbitrary distribution in space. On each lattice site, every matter vortex acts as a photonic spin-to-orbital momentum coupler and an array of circularly polarized input beams is converted into an output array of vortex beams with topological charges consistent with the matter lattice. The vortex arrangements are explained on the basis of light-induced matter defects of both signs and consistent topological rules.

  13. Photonic Crystal Biosensor Based on Optical Surface Waves

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    Konopsky, Valery N.; Karakouz, Tanya; Alieva, Elena V.; Vicario, Chiara; Sekatskii, Sergey K.; Dietler, Giovanni

    2013-01-01

    A label-free biosensor device based on registration of photonic crystal surface waves is described. Angular interrogation of the optical surface wave resonance is used to detect changes in the thickness of an adsorbed layer, while an additional simultaneous detection of the critical angle of total internal reflection provides independent data of the liquid refractive index. The abilities of the device are demonstrated by measuring of biotin molecule binding to a streptavidin monolayer, and by measuring association and dissociation kinetics of immunoglobulin G proteins. Additionally, deposition of PSS/PAH polyelectrolytes is recorded in situ resulting calculation of PSS and PAH monolayer thicknesses separately. PMID:23429517

  14. Spectral dependences of extrinsic optical absorption in sillenite crystals

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    Kisteneva, M G; Khudyakova, E S; Shandarov, S M; Akrestina, A S; Dyu, V G; Kargin, Yu F

    2015-07-31

    The influence of laser irradiation at wavelengths of 532 and 655 nm and annealing in air at temperatures from 200 to 370 °C on optical absorption spectra of undoped bismuth silicon oxide and bismuth germanium oxide and aluminium-doped bismuth titanium oxide crystals has been studied experimentally. The experimental data have been interpreted in terms of a model for extrinsic absorption that takes into account not only the contribution of the photoexcitation of electrons from deep donor centres with a normal distribution of their concentration with respect to ionisation energy but also that of intracentre transitions. (laser applications and other topics in quantum electronics)

  15. Photonic crystal biosensor based on optical surface waves.

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    Konopsky, Valery N; Karakouz, Tanya; Alieva, Elena V; Vicario, Chiara; Sekatskii, Sergey K; Dietler, Giovanni

    2013-02-19

    A label-free biosensor device based on registration of photonic crystal surface waves is described. Angular interrogation of the optical surface wave resonance is used to detect changes in the thickness of an adsorbed layer, while an additional simultaneous detection of the critical angle of total internal reflection provides independent data of the liquid refractive index. The abilities of the device are demonstrated by measuring of biotin molecule binding to a streptavidin monolayer, and by measuring association and dissociation kinetics of immunoglobulin G proteins. Additionally, deposition of PSS / PAH polyelectrolytes is recorded in situ resulting calculation of PSS and PAH monolayer thicknesses separately.

  16. Fabrication and multiangular optical characterization of ellipsoidal photonic crystal.

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    Ding, Tao; Song, Kai; Clays, Koen; Tung, Chen-Ho

    2010-11-01

    Three-dimensional photonic crystals of ellipsoidal building blocks have been fabricated by convective self-assembly method under the guidance of magnetic field. Monodisperse magnetic ellipsoids were self-assembled via capillary forces in the presence of magnetic field. The magnetic field provides the orientational order, which is additionally needed for the assembly of these colloidal particles with symmetry lower than spheres. The positional order is provided by the convection, just as for the assembly of spherical colloids. Angular dependent optical property of this fabricated novel superlattice has also been studied.

  17. Supermode spatial optical solitons in liquid crystals with competing nonlinearities

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    Jung, Pawel S.; Krolikowski, Wieslaw; Laudyn, Urszula A.; Trippenbach, Marek; Karpierz, Miroslaw A.

    2017-02-01

    We study numerically the formation of spatial optical solitons in nematic liquid crystals with competing nonlocal nonlinearities. We demonstrate that at a sufficiently high input power the interplay between focusing and thermally induced defocusing may lead to the formation of two-peak fundamental spatial solitons. These solitons have a constant spatial phase and hence represent supermodes of the self-induced extended waveguide structure. We show that these two-peak solitons are stable in propagation and exhibit an adiabatic transition to a single-peak state under weak absorption.

  18. Optical, electrical and ac conductivity measurements of nonlinear optical Dimethylaminomethylphthalimide doped with cadmium chloride single crystal for nano applications

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    Subramani, K.; Joseph, P. S.; Shankar, G.

    2013-07-01

    Single crystals of Dimethylaminomethylphthalimide cadmium chloride (DAMPCC) were grown by a slow evaporation technique. The unit cell parameters and crystal structure were measured by the powder X-ray diffraction analysis. The modes of vibrations of different molecular groups present in the DAMPCC crystal have been identified by FTIR spectral analysis. The UV-vis-NIR spectral analysis is used to study the optical behaviors like absorption and transmission properties of the crystal. The diffuse reflectance spectrum in absorption studies is calculated. The optical band gap of the DAMPCC crystal is calculated to be cut off wavelength 360 nm at photon energy 4.772 eV. The optical conductivity, electrical conductivity and ac conductivity are also calculated. Finally the nonlinear optics (NLO) property of DAMPCC crystal was confirmed by second harmonic generation (SHG) test using the Nd:YAG laser of fundamental wavelength 1064 nm.

  19. Development of a 2x2 optical switch for plastic optical fiber using liquid crystal cells

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    Vazquez, Carmen; Sanchez-Pena, J. M.; Contreras, Pedro; Pontes, M. A. J.

    2005-07-01

    A 2x2 optical switch for plastic optical fibre (POF) has been developed, able to work for both 660 and 850nm simultaneous and independently of the input light's polarization, improving previous developments. The device has four bidirectional optical ports, and is able to switch from each port to any other. In this way, there are three operation modes: straight (each input connected to the corresponding output), crossed (inputs and outputs crosses) and closed (inputs connected on the one part, and output connected on the other part). As the device is bidirectional, inputs and outputs are interchangeable. The switching process is carried out by a set of Polarized Beam Splitters, Liquid Crystal cells, λ/4 plates, lens and mirrors. An electronic circuitry has been developed to control the state of the optical switch, which is shown in a Liquid Crystal Display. The system has been tested for both 660nm and 850nm, and the optical switch exhibits miliseconds switching times, an optical interchannel crosstalk better than -25 dB, and low power consumption. Applications of the switch include systems where a redundant path is needed to guarantee communication, such as safety systems in automobiles, LANs, telemedicine, heavy machinery in the industry along with coarse WDM GI (graded index) POF networks. Device size reduction is under development.

  20. Optical properties and diffraction effects in opal photonic crystals.

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    Balestreri, Alessandra; Andreani, Lucio Claudio; Agio, Mario

    2006-09-01

    Optical properties of fcc opals oriented along the [111] direction are calculated by means of a scattering-matrix approach based on approximating each sphere with cylindrical slices. The use of a plane-wave basis in each layer allows distinguishing zero-order reflection and transmission from higher-order (diffraction) spectra. Optical spectra at large values of the angle of incidence indicate the presence of diffraction effects and of polarization mixing along the LW orientation. Reflectance and transmittance in the high-energy region show a rich spectral dependence and compare reasonably well with recent experimental observations on polystyrene opals. Diffraction spectra as a function of the number of layers display an oscillatory behavior, pointing to the existence of a Pendellösung phenomenon, related to the exchange of energy between two propagating modes in the investigated three-dimensional photonic crystal. This phenomenon could be observed in transmittance experiments on high-quality opals with controlled thickness.

  1. Liquid crystal modulated optical amplifier for night vision imaging

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    Parfenov, Alexander; Xia, X. Winston; Tengara, Indra; Win, Tin; Holmstedt, Jason; Rakuljic, Neven; Aye, Tin M.; Swinney, Mathew W.; Marasco, Peter L.

    2008-08-01

    Image intensifier tubes, as part of night vision devices, have been the primary devices for the detection and amplification of near infrared light for night vision operations. In this paper, we demonstrate a novel all-optical night vision amplifier device with a potential to replace the image intensifier tube in night vision goggles. This image amplifier is based on a novel structure of semiconductor and spectrally tunable liquid crystal (LC) materials within a thin cell. The LC reacts to near-infrared (NIR) radiation but is unaffected by visible light, allowing see-through capability including visible-wavelength cockpit light. The technology is made very attractive by its high sensitivity, spatial resolution, and contrast without expensive, bulky, and heavy optics or high-voltage components.

  2. Optically responsive liquid crystal microfibers for display and nondisplay applications

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    Buyuktanir, Ebru A.; West, John L.; Frey, Margaret W.

    2011-03-01

    We demonstrate the fabrication and characterization of optically-tunable and stimuli-responsive electrospun microfibers endowed with liquid crystal (LC) functionality. The highly flexible LC microfibers are electrospun from a solution of 4- pentyl-4'-cyanobiphenyl (5CB) and polylactic acid (PLA) in chloroform/acetone solvent. In the electrospinning process, the low molecular weight 5CB phase-separates and self-assembles to form a planarly aligned nematic core within a PLA shell. Most importantly, the orientation of LC domains and, therefore, the optical properties of the 5CB/PLA fibers can be tuned by application of an external electric field. These properties of LC fibers may, in turn, be utilized to fabricate a variety of photonic textiles, and ultimately may introduce an entirely new manufacturing process where weaving will reach well beyond the roll-to-roll manufacturing envisioned for the currently emerging flexible displays printed on flexible plastic substrates.

  3. Optical and Acoustic Device Applications of Ferroelastic Crystals

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    Meeks, Steven Wayne

    This dissertation presents the discovery of a means of creating uniformly periodic domain gratings in a ferroelastic crystal of neodymium pentaphosphate (NPP). The uniform and non-uniform domain structures which can be created in NPP have the potential applications as tunable active gratings for lasers, tunable diffraction gratings, tunable Bragg reflection gratings, tunable acoustic filters, optical modulators, and optical domain wall memories. The interaction of optical and acoustic waves with ferroelastic domain walls in NPP is presented in detail. Acoustic amplitude reflection coefficients from a single domain wall in NPP are much larger than other ferroelastic-ferroelectrics such as gadolinium molybdate (GMO). Domain walls of NPP are used to make two demonstration acoustic devices: a tunable comb filter and a tunable delay line. The tuning process is accomplished by moving the position of the reflecting surface (the domain wall). A theory of the reflection of optical waves from NPP domain walls is discussed. The optical reflection is due to a change in the polarization of the wave, and not a change in the index, as the wave crosses the domain wall. Theoretical optical power reflection coefficients show good agreement with the experimentally measured values. The largest optical reflection coefficient of a single domain wall is at a critical angle and is 2.2% per domain wall. Techniques of injecting periodic and aperiodic domain walls into NPP are presented. The nucleation process of the uniformly periodic domain gratings in NPP is described in terms of a newly-discovered domain structure, namely the ferroelastic bubble. A ferroelastic bubble is the elastic analogue to the well-known magnetic bubble. The period of the uniformly periodic domain grating is tunable from 100 to 0.5 microns and the grating period may be tuned relatively rapidly. The Bragg efficiency of these tunable gratings is 77% for an uncoated crystal. Several demonstration devices which use

  4. Increase of bulk optical damage threshold fluences of KDP crystals by laser irradiation and heat treatment

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    Swain, J.E.; Stokowski, S.E.; Milam, D.; Kennedy, G.C.; Rainer, F.

    1982-07-07

    The bulk optical damage threshold fluence of potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KDP) crystals is increased by irradiating the crystals with laser pulses of duration 1 to 20 nanoseconds of increasing fluence, below the optical damage threshold fluence for untreated crystals, or by baking the crystals for times of the order of 24 hours at temperatures of 110 to 165/sup 0/C, or by a combination of laser irradiation and baking.

  5. Guided-mode refraction model for optical fiber sensing of surface crystal growth.

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    Lamb, David W; Boerkamp, Martijn; Lye, Peter G

    2010-11-01

    An empirical "guided-mode refraction model" has been invoked to explain the optical attenuation of radiation in an exposed core optical fiber sensor subject to heterogeneous (surface) crystal growth. Based on Fresnel reflectance values at the internal fiber-crystal and crystal-solution interfaces, the model predictions agree with experimental observations of radial loss of radiation from the fiber core through the crystals as well as attenuation of guided radiation as a function of the radiation launch angle into the fiber.

  6. Thermal, mechanical, electrical, linear and nonlinear optical properties of a nonlinear optical L-ornithine monohydrochloride single crystal

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    Senthil, S.; Pari, S.; Joseph, Ginson P.; Sagayaraj, P.; Madhavan, J.

    2009-08-01

    Optically transparent semiorganic nonlinear optical bulk single crystal of L-ornithine monohydrochloride (LOMHCL) of dimension 11×3×2 mm 3 has been grown from its aqueous solution by slow solvent evaporation technique. The grown crystal was characterized by powder X-ray diffraction to confirm the crystal structure. Investigation has been carried out to assign the vibrational frequencies of the grown crystals by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy technique. Thermal behavior of the grown crystals was studied by thermogravimetric analysis. The second harmonic generation (SHG) efficiency of LOMHCL was determined by Kurtz and Perry powder technique. The optical absorption study confirms the suitability of the crystal for device applications. The mechanical properties of the grown crystals have been studied using Vickers microhardness tester. Dielectric and photoconductivity studies are also carried out for the grown samples.

  7. Critical parameters for grinding large sapphire window panels

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    Bashe, Joseph R.; Dempsey, Gene; Akwani, Ikerionwu A.; Jacoby, Keith T.; Hibbard, Douglas L.

    2007-04-01

    Advances 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. Single surface grinding is a crucial process step in both the figuring and finishing of optical components. Improper grinding can make subsequent polishing operations more difficult and time consuming. Poor grinding can also lead to the introduction of surface stress and sub-surface damage which can affect critical opto-mechanical performance characteristics such as strength and durability. Initial efforts have been completed at Exotic Electro-Optics under the funding of the Office of Naval Research and the Air Force Research Laboratory to investigate a number of process enhancements in the grinding of a-plane sapphire panels. The information gained from this study will ultimately provide a better understanding of the overall manufacturing process leading to optimized process time and cost. EEO has completed two sets of twelve-run Plackett-Burman designs of experiment (DOE) to study the effects of fundamental grinding parameters on sapphire panel surfaces. The relative importance of specific process parameters on window characteristics including surface roughness, stress, sub-surface damage are reported.

  8. Optical Properties of Small Ice Crystals with Black Carbon Inclusions

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    Yang, X.; Geier, M.; Arienti, M.

    2013-12-01

    The optical properties of ice crystals play a fundamental role in modeling atmospheric radiation and hydrological cycle, which are critical in monitoring climate change. While Black Carbon (BC) is recognized as the dominant absorber with positive radiative forcing (warming) (Ramanathan & Carmichael, 2008), in-situ observations (Cappa, et al, 2012) indicate that the characterization of the mixing state of BC with ice crystals and other non-BC particles in global climate models (Ghan & Schwartz, 2007) needs further investigation. The limitation in the available mixing models is due to the drastically different absorbing properties of BC compared to other aerosols. We explore the scattering properties of ice crystals (in shapes commonly found in cirrus clouds and contrails - Yang, et al. 2012) with the inclusion of BC particles. The Discrete Dipole Approximation (DDA) (Yurkin & Hoekstra, 2011) is utilized to directly calculate the optical properties of the crystals with multiple BC inclusions, modeled as a distribution of spheres. The results are then compared with the most popular models of internal and external mixing (Liou, et al. 2011). The DDA calculations are carried out over a broad range of BC particle sizes and volume fractions within the crystal at the 532 nm wavelength and for ice crystals smaller than 50 μm. The computationally intensive database generated in this study is critical for understanding the effect of different types of BC inclusions on the atmosphere radiative forcing. Examples will be discussed to illustrate the modification of BC optical properties by encapsulation in ice crystals and how the parameterization of the BC mixing state in global climate models can be improved. Acknowledgements Support by Sandia National Laboratories' LDRD (Laboratory Directed Research and Development) is gratefully acknowledged. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of

  9. Test of Optical Stochastic Cooling in the IOTA Ring

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    Lebedev, V. A.; Tokpanov, Yu.; Zolotorev, M. S.

    2013-09-26

    A new 150 MeV electron storage ring is being built at Fermilab. The construction of a new machine pursues two goals a test of highly non-linear integrable optics and a test of optical stochastic cooling. This paper discusses details of OSC arrangements, choice of major parameters of the cooling scheme and incoming experimental tests of the optical amplifier prototype which uses highly doped Ti-sapphire crystal as amplification medium.

  10. Studies on Crystal Growth, Vibrational, Electronic Properties of Nonlinear Optical Crystal: Triglycine Phosphate

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    Meera, M. R.; Dipuna Das, C. N.; Bena Jothy, V.; Rayar, S. L.

    2016-10-01

    Nonlinear optics is a topic of much current interest that exhibits a great diversity. This is due to the technological potentials of certain nonlinear optical effects for photonic based technologies. Many NLO crystals grown by mixing amino acids with various organic and inorganic acids have been reported in the literature. Hence, glycine mixed semi-organic material will be of special interest as a fundamental building block to develop many complex crystals with improved NLO properties. In this context, the present work it is attempted to grow NLO active Triglycine phosphate [(NH2CH2COOH)3H3PO4](TGP) crystal from aqueous solution at room temperature by slow evaporation method. The geometry, intermolecular hydrogen bonding and harmonic vibrational wavenumbers of TGP was investigated with the help of B3LYP density functional theory (DFT) methods. Natural Bond Orbital (NBO) analysis confirms the occurrence of strong intermolecular N-H...O hydrogen bond. Second harmonic frequency generation was examined by Kurtz and Perry powder test. Theoretical first order hyperpolarizability value was calculated.

  11. Thin film/liquid crystal composite optical materials

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    Sit, Jeremy C.; Brett, Michael J.

    2004-01-01

    The classic challenge faced by researchers dealing with liquid crystals is to control the LC molecular orientation and hence optimise the optical properties. Well known techniques for influencing LC texture include the use of surfactants or thin film alignment layers. The underlying limitation common to such techniques is that while excellent control of LC anchoring at the substrate surface is achieved, molecular alignment in the bulk of the LC is reliant entirely upon the cooperative effects and resulting elastic properties of the LC material. Generally, this has worked sufficiently well in practice, but unfortunately, the complete dependence on the intermolecular forces of the LC means that unencumbered, reversible switching is not always possible. Our group has taken a unique approach to influence LC orientation. Using glancing angle deposition (GLAD), highly porous thin films can be grown possessing isolated columnar microstructure whose shape can be tailored via substrate motion during film deposition. In particular, we can grow films of helical columns with controlled pitch and handedness. These films exhibit circular dichroism and optical activity similar to that seen in chiral LCs. The high porosity of GLAD films permits fluids such as LCs to be introduced into the pores, leading to a new type of hybrid optical material. Most significantly, initial work showed that when achiral LCs were embedded in chiral GLAD media, there was an enhancement of the circular dichroism and optical activity as the chiral GLAD film served to induce a chiral orientation in the LC. In this report, we start with a brief overview of the GLAD process and some relevant optical studies, leading to a review of GLAD/LC hybrid materials, switchable devices, and finally, a discussion of recent research optical characterisation and some ideas for future avenues of investigation.

  12. Thin film/liquid crystal composite optical materials

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    Sit, Jeremy C.; Brett, Michael J.

    2003-12-01

    The classic challenge faced by researchers dealing with liquid crystals is to control the LC molecular orientation and hence optimise the optical properties. Well known techniques for influencing LC texture include the use of surfactants or thin film alignment layers. The underlying limitation common to such techniques is that while excellent control of LC anchoring at the substrate surface is achieved, molecular alignment in the bulk of the LC is reliant entirely upon the cooperative effects and resulting elastic properties of the LC material. Generally, this has worked sufficiently well in practice, but unfortunately, the complete dependence on the intermolecular forces of the LC means that unencumbered, reversible switching is not always possible. Our group has taken a unique approach to influence LC orientation. Using glancing angle deposition (GLAD), highly porous thin films can be grown possessing isolated columnar microstructure whose shape can be tailored via substrate motion during film deposition. In particular, we can grow films of helical columns with controlled pitch and handedness. These films exhibit circular dichroism and optical activity similar to that seen in chiral LCs. The high porosity of GLAD films permits fluids such as LCs to be introduced into the pores, leading to a new type of hybrid optical material. Most significantly, initial work showed that when achiral LCs were embedded in chiral GLAD media, there was an enhancement of the circular dichroism and optical activity as the chiral GLAD film served to induce a chiral orientation in the LC. In this report, we start with a brief overview of the GLAD process and some relevant optical studies, leading to a review of GLAD/LC hybrid materials, switchable devices, and finally, a discussion of recent research optical characterisation and some ideas for future avenues of investigation.

  13. Miniature Sapphire Acoustic Resonator - MSAR

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    Wang, Rabi T.; Tjoelker, Robert L.

    2011-01-01

    A room temperature sapphire acoustics resonator incorporated into an oscillator represents a possible opportunity to improve on quartz ultrastable oscillator (USO) performance, which has been a staple for NASA missions since the inception of spaceflight. Where quartz technology is very mature and shows a performance improvement of perhaps 1 dB/decade, these sapphire acoustic resonators when integrated with matured quartz electronics could achieve a frequency stability improvement of 10 dB or more. As quartz oscillators are an essential element of nearly all types of frequency standards and reference systems, the success of MSAR would advance the development of frequency standards and systems for both groundbased and flight-based projects. Current quartz oscillator technology is limited by quartz mechanical Q. With a possible improvement of more than x 10 Q with sapphire acoustic modes, the stability limit of current quartz oscillators may be improved tenfold, to 10(exp -14) at 1 second. The electromagnetic modes of sapphire that were previously developed at JPL require cryogenic temperatures to achieve the high Q levels needed to achieve this stability level. However sapphire fs acoustic modes, which have not been used before in a high-stability oscillator, indicate the required Q values (as high as Q = 10(exp 8)) may be achieved at room temperature in the kHz range. Even though sapphire is not piezoelectric, such a high Q should allow electrostatic excitation of the acoustic modes with a combination of DC and AC voltages across a small sapphire disk (approximately equal to l mm thick). The first evaluations under this task will test predictions of an estimated input impedance of 10 kilohms at Q = 10(exp 8), and explore the Q values that can be realized in a smaller resonator, which has not been previously tested for acoustic modes. This initial Q measurement and excitation demonstration can be viewed similar to a transducer converting electrical energy to

  14. Laser damage resistant anti-reflection microstructures in Raytheon ceramic YAG, sapphire, ALON, and quartz

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    Hobbs, Douglas S.; MacLeod, Bruce D.; Sabatino, Ernest, III; Hartnett, Thomas M.; Gentilman, Richard L.

    2011-06-01

    A study of the laser induced damage threshold (LiDT) of anti-reflection (AR) microstructures (ARMs) built in the end facets of metal ion doped yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) laser gain material, has been conducted. Test samples of undoped and ytterbium-doped polycrystalline YAG produced by Raytheon Company were processed with ARMs in one surface and subjected to standardized pulsed LiDT testing at the near-infrared (NIR) wavelength of 1064nm. As received YAG samples with a simple commercial polish were also submitted to the damage tests for comparison, along with YAG samples that were treated with a single layer thin-film AR coating designed for maximum transmission at 1064nm. Additional samples of single crystal sapphire and quartz, and polycrystalline ALONTM windows were prepared with thin-film AR coatings and ARMs textures to expand the 1064nm laser damage testing to other important NIR transmitting materials. It was found that the pulsed laser damage resistance of ARMs textured ceramic YAG windows is 11 J/cm2, a value that is 43% higher than untreated ceramic YAG windows, suggesting that ARMs fabrication removed residual sub-surface damage, a factor that has been shown to be important for increasing the damage resistance of an optic. This conclusion is also supported by the high damage threshold values found with the single layer AR coatings on ceramic YAG where the coatings may have shielded the sub-surface polishing damage. Testing results for the highly polished sapphire windows also support the notion that better surface preparation produces higher damage resistance. The damage threshold for untreated sapphire windows exceeded 32 J/cm2 for one sample with an average of 27.5 J/cm2 for the two samples tested. The ARMs-treated sapphire windows had similar damage thresholds as the untreated material, averaging 24.9 J/cm2, a value 1.5 to 2 times higher than the damage threshold of the thin film AR coated sapphire windows.

  15. Investigation of organic nonlinear optical crystals for harmonic frequency conversion and electro-optics. Final technical report

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    1998-01-01

    The authors are conducting a detailed study of the crystal growth of different organic materials and their physical, optical and morphological properties. The crystals are grown by a novel solution crystal growth technique developed by the principal investigator at Alabama A and M University (AAMU). The studies included the measurement of solubility of organic NLO materials in different solvents, growth of crystals by solution growth technique, and the characterization of optical properties and damage threshold of crystals for high power laser applications. Two different NLO crystals of 4-Aminobenzophenone (ABP) and 3-methoxy-4-hydroxy-benzaldehyde (MHBA) were investigated during the course of this investigation. A paper on ABP crystals was published in Journal of Crystal Growth in 1997.

  16. Crystal structure, growth and characterizations of a novel organic third-order nonlinear optical crystal: guanidinium cinnamate

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    Dhavamurthy, M.; Raja, R.; Syed Suresh Babu, K.; Mohan, R.

    2016-08-01

    Guanidinium cinnamate (GUCN), a single crystal, was grown by slow evaporation technique. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction study revealed that GUCN crystal belongs to monoclinic crystal system with the space group P21/c. Thermal studies revealed that the GUCN is thermally stable up to 238 °C. The optical transmittance studies were carried out for the crystal, and the lower cutoff wavelength of the grown crystal was observed at 322 nm. The luminescent study showed that the GUCN crystal has high degree of luminescence. Third-order nonlinear refractive index n2, nonlinear absorption coefficient β and susceptibility χ(3) parameters were estimated by Z-scan technique. The four independent tensor coefficients ɛ11, ɛ22, ɛ33 and ɛ13 of dielectric permittivities for monoclinic GUCN were calculated. The mechanical properties of the grown crystals were studied using Vickers micro-hardness tester at different planes.

  17. Chiral multichromic single crystals for optical devices (LDRD 99406).

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    Kemp, Richard Alan; Felix, Ana M. (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM)

    2006-12-01

    This report summarizes our findings during the study of a novel system that yields multi-colored materials as products. This system is quite unusual as it leads to multi-chromic behavior in single crystals, where one would expect that only a single color would exist. We have speculated that these novel solids might play a role in materials applications such as non-linear optics, liquid crystal displays, piezoelectric devices, and other similar applications. The system examined consisted of a main-group alkyl compound (a p block element such as gallium or aluminum) complexed with various organic di-imines. The di-imines had substituents of two types--either alkyl or aromatic groups attached to the nitrogen atoms. We observed that single crystals, characterized by X-ray crystallography, were obtained in most cases. Our research during January-July, 2006, was geared towards understanding the factors leading to the multi-chromic nature of the complexes. The main possibilities put forth initially considered (a) the chiral nature of the main group metal, (b) possible reduction of the metal to a lower-valent, radical state, (c) the nature of the ligand(s) attached to the main group metal, and (d) possible degradation products of the ligand leading to highly-colored products. The work carried out indicates that the most likely explanation considered involves degradation of the aromatic ligands (a combination of (c) and (d)), as the experiments performed can clearly rule out (a) and (b).

  18. Ultracompact nonreciprocal optical isolator based on guided resonance in a magneto-optical photonic crystal slab.

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    Fang, Kejie; Yu, Zongfu; Liu, Victor; Fan, Shanhui

    2011-11-01

    We design an ultracompact optical isolator with normal incident geometry that operates with a bandwidth that is substantial for a device of this size. For operation in a telecommunication wavelength of 1.55 μm, the thickness of the device is less than 1 μm and the device supports an operating bandwidth of 400 GHz over which the minimum contrast ratio exceeds 25 dB. Our design utilizes guided resonance in a photonic crystal slab to enhance magneto-optical effects, and exploits interference effects among multiple resonances to create desired transmission spectral line shapes.

  19. Synthesis, linear optical, non-linear optical, thermal and mechanical characterizations of dye-doped semi-organic NLO crystals

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    Sesha Bamini, N.; Vidyalakshmy, Y.; Choedak, Tenzin; Kejalakshmy, N.; Muthukrishnan, P.; Ancy, C. J.

    2015-06-01

    Organic laser dyes Coumarin 485, Coumarin 540 and Rhodamine 590 Chloride were used to dope potassium acid phthalate crystals (KAP). Dye-doped KAP crystals with different dye concentrations such as 0.01 mM, 0.03 mM, 0.05 mM, 0.07 mM and 0.09 mM (in the KAP growth solution) were grown. The linear optical, non-linear optical, mechanical and thermal characterizations of dye-doped KAP crystals were studied and compared to understand the effect of dye and dye concentration on the KAP crystal. Absorption and emission studies of KAP and dye-doped KAP single crystals indicated the inclusion of the dye into the KAP crystal lattice. The effect of dye and its concentration on the SHG efficiency of the KAP crystal was studied using the Kurtz and Perry powder technique. It was observed that the absorption maximum wavelength and concentration of the dye used for doping the KAP single crystal decided the SHG efficiency of the dye-doped KAP single crystals. The mechanical hardness of the dye-doped and undoped (pure) KAP single crystals were studied using the Vickner’s microhardness test. It was observed that doping the KAP crystals with the laser dyes changed them from softer material to harder material. Etching studies showed an improvement in the optical quality of the KAP crystal after doping with laser dyes.

  20. LASE Ti: Sapphire Laser

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    1995-01-01

    In the photo, Messrs. Leroy F. Matthews (left) and Frank J. Novak (Lockheed Engineering & Sciences Co.) are preparing the Lidar Atmospheric Sensing Experiment (LASE) Instrument for integration into a NASA/ER-2 aircraft for a field mission. LASE is the first fully- engineered, autonomous differential Absorption Lidar (DIAL) System for the measurement of water vapor, aerosol and cloud in the troposphere. LASE uses a double-pulsed Ti:Sapphire laser for the transmitter with a 30 ns pulse length and 150 mJ/pulse. The laser beam is seeded to operate on a selected water vapor absorption line in the 815-nm region using a laser diode and an onboard absorption reference cell. A 40 cm diameter telescope collects the backscattered signals and directs them onto two detectors. LASE collects DIAL data at 5 Hz while flying at altitudes from 16-21 km. LASE was designed to operate autonomously within the environment and physical constraints of the ER-2 aircraft and to make water vapor profile measurements across the troposphere with accuracy having less than 6% of error. No other instrument can provide the spatial coverage and accuracy of LASE. Water vapor is the most radiative active gas in the troposphere, and the lack of understanding about its distribution provides one of the largest uncertainties in modeling climate change. LASE has demonstrated the necessary potential in providing high resolution water vapor measurements that can advance the studies of tropospheric water vapor distributions. LASE has flown 19 times during the development of the instrument and the validation of the science data. A joint international field mission was completed in the summer of 1996; adding 9 more successful flights. The LASE Instrument is being adapted to other aircraft platforms to support planned missions and to increase its utility.

  1. LASE Ti: Sapphire Laser

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1995-01-01

    In the photo, Mr. Leroy F. Matthews (Lockheed Engineering & Sciences Co.) is connecting the Thermal Control Unit cables in preparing the Lidar Atmospheric Sensing Experiment (LASE) Instrument for integration into a NASA/ER-2 aircraft for a field mission. LASE is the first fully-engineered, autonomous differential Absorption Lidar (DIAL) System for the measurement of water vapor, aerosol and cloud in the troposphere. LASE uses a double-pulsed Ti:Sapphire laser for the transmitter with a 30 ns pulse length and 150 mJ/pulse. The laser beam is seeded to operate on a selected water vapor absorption line in the 815-nm region using a laser diode and an onboard absorption reference cell. A 40 cm diameter telescope collects the backscattered signals and directs them onto two detectors. LASE collects DIAL data at 5 Hz while flying at altitudes from 16-21 km. LASE was designed to operate autonomously within the environment and physical constraints of the ER-2 aircraft and to make water vapor profile measurements across the troposphere with accuracy having less than 6% of error. No other instrument can provide the spatial coverage and accuracy of LASE. Water vapor is the most radiative active gas in the troposphere, and the lack of understanding about its distribution provides one of the largest uncertainties in modeling climate change. LASE has demonstrated the necessary potential in providing high resolution water vapor measurements that can advance the studies of tropospheric water vapor distributions. LASE has flown 19 times during the development of the instrument and the validation of the science data. A joint international field mission was completed in the summer of 1996; adding 9 more successful flights. The LASE Instument is being adapted to other aircraft platforms to support planned missions and to increase its utility.

  2. Optical, elemental and structural analyses of acetoacetanilide single crystals for nonlinear optical applications.

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    Vijayan, N; Rani, Neelam; Bhagavannarayana, G; Haranath, D; Jayabharathi, J; Wahab, M A; Das, S

    2012-07-01

    Single crystals of acetoacetanilide have been successfully grown by slow evaporation solution growth method at room temperature. The grown crystal belongs to orthorhombic crystal system having the lattice dimensions of a=8.686Å, b=11.104Å, c=19.232Å. Its crystalline perfection was examined by home-made high resolution X-ray diffractometer (HRXRD), and found that that the quality of the specimen is reasonable. The presence of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen were experimentally determined by elemental analysis and that are in good agreement with the theoretically calculated values. Its laser damage threshold, phase matching and second harmonic generation efficiency were determined by using Nd:YAG laser as a source. Optical behavior of acetoacetanilide was examined by using photoluminescence studies. Its hyerpolarizability and HOMO-LUMO energies were calculated by using density functional theory (DFT). Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Optical Basicity and Nepheline Crystallization in High Alumina Glasses

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    Rodriguez, Carmen P.; McCloy, John S.; Schweiger, M. J.; Crum, Jarrod V.; Winschell, Abigail E.

    2011-02-25

    The purpose of this study was to find compositions that increase waste loading of high-alumina wastes beyond what is currently acceptable while avoiding crystallization of nepheline (NaAlSiO4) on slow cooling. Nepheline crystallization has been shown to have a large impact on the chemical durability of high-level waste glasses. It was hypothesized that there would be some composition regions where high-alumina would not result in nepheline crystal production, compositions not currently allowed by the nepheline discriminator. Optical basicity (OB) and the nepheline discriminator (ND) are two ways of describing a given complex glass composition. This report presents the theoretical and experimental basis for these models. They are being studied together in a quadrant system as metrics to explore nepheline crystallization and chemical durability as a function of waste glass composition. These metrics were calculated for glasses with existing data and also for theoretical glasses to explore nepheline formation in Quadrant IV (passes OB metric but fails ND metric), where glasses are presumed to have good chemical durability. Several of these compositions were chosen, and glasses were made to fill poorly represented regions in Quadrant IV. To evaluate nepheline formation and chemical durability of these glasses, quantitative X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis and the Product Consistency Test were conducted. A large amount of quantitative XRD data is collected here, both from new glasses and from glasses of previous studies that had not previously performed quantitative XRD on the phase assemblage. Appendix A critically discusses a large dataset to be considered for future quantitative studies on nepheline formation in glass. Appendix B provides a theoretical justification for choice of the oxide coefficients used to compute the OB criterion for nepheline formation.

  4. Optical damage limits in chalcogenide nonlinear crystals used in 1064nm pumped nanosecond optical parametric oscillators

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    Petrov, Valentin; Marchev, Georgi; Tyazhev, Aleksey; Starikova, Marina; Esteban-Martin, Adolfo; Panyutin, Vladimir; Badikov, Valeriy; Shevyrdyaeva, Galina; Badikov, Dmitrii; Reza, Manuel; Sheina, Svetlana; Fintisova, Anna

    2013-07-01

    We investigated optical damage (surface and bulk) in wide band-gap (absorption edge below 532 nm) sulphide and selenide nonlinear crystals that can be used in 1064-nm pumped optical parametric oscillators (OPOs) for generation of idler pulses above 4 μm without two-photon absorption losses at the pump wavelength. The optical damage has been characterized at the pump wavelength for different repetition rates. Surface damage has been studied for uncoated and antireflection-coated (mainly with a single layer for pump and signal wavelengths) samples. Optical damage inside the OPO has a lower threshold and represents at present the principal limitation for the achievable output. It is related to peak and not to average intensities and in many of the studied crystals bulk damage in the form of scattering centers occurs before surface damage. Such bulk damage formation is faster at higher repetition rate. Lower repetition rates increase the lifetime of the crystal but do not solve the problem. In the most successful nonlinear crystal (both in terms of output energy and average power), orange-phase HgGa2S4, the safe pump intensity in extracavity measurements is below 100 MW/cm2 which corresponds to less than 1 J/cm2 for the 8 ns pulse duration (both values peak on-axis). In the OPO, however, peak on-axis fluence should not exceed 0.3 J/cm2 limited by the formation of bulk scattering centers. The damage resistivity of yellow-phase HgGa2S4 or Cd-doped HgGa2S4 is higher and of the almost colorless CdGa2S4 it is roughly two times higher but the latter has no sufficient birefringence for phase-matching.

  5. Linear and nonlinear optical, mechanical, electrical and surface studies of a novel nonlinear optical crystal - Manganese mercury thiocyanate (MMTC)

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    Josephine Usha, R.; Sagayaraj, P.; Joseph, V.

    2014-12-01

    The highly efficient nonlinear optical single crystal of manganese mercury thiocyanate has been grown from slow evaporation solvent technique. The second harmonic generation and optical transmittance of the grown crystal are studied by Kurtz and Perry powder technique and spectroscopic absorbance spectrum. Mechanical behaviour is analyzed using Vickers microhardness test. The dielectric response of the grown crystal is studied as a function of the temperature and the results are discussed. Further, electronic properties such as plasma energy, Penngap, Fermi energy and electronic polarizability are evaluated. Third order nonlinear optical studies are performed using by single beam Z-scan technique using Nd:YAG laser and parameters such as nonlinear refractive index n2, absorption co-efficient β and nonlinear optical susceptibility χ(3) are evaluated for the grown crystal. The surface of the grown crystal is analyzed with field emission scanning electron microscope and atomic force microscope analyses.

  6. Linear and nonlinear optical, mechanical, electrical and surface studies of a novel nonlinear optical crystal - manganese mercury thiocyanate (MMTC).

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    Josephine Usha, R; Sagayaraj, P; Joseph, V

    2014-12-10

    The highly efficient nonlinear optical single crystal of manganese mercury thiocyanate has been grown from slow evaporation solvent technique. The second harmonic generation and optical transmittance of the grown crystal are studied by Kurtz and Perry powder technique and spectroscopic absorbance spectrum. Mechanical behaviour is analyzed using Vickers microhardness test. The dielectric response of the grown crystal is studied as a function of the temperature and the results are discussed. Further, electronic properties such as plasma energy, Penngap, Fermi energy and electronic polarizability are evaluated. Third order nonlinear optical studies are performed using by single beam Z-scan technique using Nd:YAG laser and parameters such as nonlinear refractive index n2, absorption co-efficient β and nonlinear optical susceptibility χ((3)) are evaluated for the grown crystal. The surface of the grown crystal is analyzed with field emission scanning electron microscope and atomic force microscope analyses. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Microstructure of spinel islands on the sapphire surface grown by ion implantation and annealing.

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    Wang, Y; Liu, X P; Qin, G W

    2014-09-01

    Fe ions were implanted into α-Al2O3 single crystals (sapphire) at energy of 50 keV and annealed in an oxidizing environment. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) investigation indicated that Fe ions in the near surface region precipitated as α-Fe2O3 islands and spinel islands on the specimen surface, at the same time, Fe ions in the region away from the surface precipitated as α-Fe particles in the interior region of specimen. Two orientation relationships (ORs) between the spinel islands and sapphire substrate were discovered as follows: (111)spinel∥(0001)sapphire, [1 1 2¯]spinel∥[1 1 2¯ 0]sapphire and (1 1 2¯)spinel∥(0 0 0 1)sapphire, [1 1 1]spinel∥[1 1 2¯ 0]sapphire. The first OR was frequently observed in the spinel/sapphire system, however, the second OR has never been reported before. The interfaces between the spinel islands and sapphire substrate are a type-3 incoherent interface (i.e. low-index OR in at least one direction with an ill-matched low-index habit planes). The formation of spinel islands on the specimen surface can be attributed to the oxidizing atmosphere and the low accelerating voltage for ion implantation.

  8. All-optical signal processing at 10 GHz using a photonic crystal molecule

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    Combrié, Sylvain; Lehoucq, Gaëlle; Junay, Alexandra; De Rossi, Alfredo; Malaguti, Stefania; Bellanca, Gaetano; Trillo, Stefano; Ménager, Loic; Peter Reithmaier, Johann

    2013-11-04

    We report on 10 GHz operation of an all-optical gate based on an Indium Phosphide Photonic Crystal Molecule. Wavelength conversion and all-optical mixing of microwave signals are demonstrated using the 2 mW output of a mode locked diode laser. The spectral separation of the optical pump and signal is crucial in suppressing optical cross-talk.

  9. Growth and characterization of a new nonlinear optical organic crystal: 2,4,6-Trimethylacetanilide

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    Upadhyaya, V.; Prabhu, Sharada G.

    2015-09-01

    A new nonlinear optical organic material, 2,4,6-trimethylacetanilide (246TMAA), also known as N-[2,4,6- trimethylphenyl]acetamide, has been synthesized and grown as a single crystal by the slow evaporation technique by organic solvents. The grown crystals have been characterized by morphology study. The crystals are prismatic. Surface examination shows granular dendritic pattern in optical micrograph. The Scanning Electron Micrograph shows the layered growth of the crystal. The Differential Scanning Calorimeter plot shows no phase change until melting point (219°C). The density of the crystals is 1.1g/cc and the crystals are soft. The crystals are transparent in the visible region and in the ultra-violet region till 280 nm. 246TMAA crystallizes with 2 molecules in a monoclinic unit cell in the noncentrosymmetric point group m, space group Pn. Refractive indices of this optically biaxial crystal along the three crystallophysical axes have been measured at 633 nm. The optical second harmonic generation efficiency of the crystal at 1064 nm is about half that of the urea crystal, measured by powder method using Nd:YAG laser. The results show that the 246TMAA crystal can efficiently be used for up-conversion of infrared radiation into visible green light. The powder X-ray diffraction spectrum of the crystal has been obtained.

  10. Fabrication of a new substrate for atomic force microscopic observation of DNA molecules from an ultrasmooth sapphire plate.

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    Yoshida, K; Yoshimoto, M; Sasaki, K; Ohnishi, T; Ushiki, T; Hitomi, J; Yamamoto, S; Sigeno, M

    1998-04-01

    A new stable substrate applicable to the observation of DNA molecules by atomic force microscopy (AFM) was fabricated from a ultrasmooth sapphire (alpha-Al2O3 single crystal) plate. The atomically ultrasmooth sapphire as obtained by high-temperature annealing has hydrophobic surfaces and could not be used for the AFM observation of DNA. However, sapphire treated with Na3PO4 aqueous solution exhibited a hydrophilic character while maintaining a smooth surface structure. The surface of the wet-treated sapphire was found by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and AFM to be approximately 0.3 nm. The hydrophilic surface character of the ultrasmooth sapphire plate made it easy for DNA molecules to adhere to the plate. Circular molecules of the plasmid DNA could be imaged by AFM on the hydrophilic ultrasmooth sapphire plate.

  11. Fabrication of a new substrate for atomic force microscopic observation of DNA molecules from an ultrasmooth sapphire plate.

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    Yoshida, K; Yoshimoto, M; Sasaki, K; Ohnishi, T; Ushiki, T; Hitomi, J; Yamamoto, S; Sigeno, M

    1998-01-01

    A new stable substrate applicable to the observation of DNA molecules by atomic force microscopy (AFM) was fabricated from a ultrasmooth sapphire (alpha-Al2O3 single crystal) plate. The atomically ultrasmooth sapphire as obtained by high-temperature annealing has hydrophobic surfaces and could not be used for the AFM observation of DNA. However, sapphire treated with Na3PO4 aqueous solution exhibited a hydrophilic character while maintaining a smooth surface structure. The surface of the wet-treated sapphire was found by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and AFM to be approximately 0.3 nm. The hydrophilic surface character of the ultrasmooth sapphire plate made it easy for DNA molecules to adhere to the plate. Circular molecules of the plasmid DNA could be imaged by AFM on the hydrophilic ultrasmooth sapphire plate. PMID:9545030

  12. High T(sub c) Superconducting Bolometer on Chemically Etched 7 Micrometer Thick Sapphire

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    Lakew, B.; Brasunas, J. C.; Pique, A.; Fettig, R.; Mott, B.; Babu, S.; Cushman, G. M.

    1997-01-01

    A transition-edge IR detector, using a YBa2Cu3O(7-x) (YBCO) thin film deposited on a chemically etched, 7 micrometer thick sapphire substrate has been built. To our knowledge it is the first such high T(sub c) superconducting (HTS) bolometer on chemically thinned sapphire. The peak optical detectivity obtained is l.2 x 10(exp 10) cmHz(sup 1/2)/W near 4Hz. Result shows that it is possible to obtain high detectivity with thin films on etched sapphire with no processing after the deposition of the YBCO film. We discuss the etching process and its potential for micro-machining sapphire and fabricating 2-dimensional detector arrays with suspended sapphire membranes. A 30 micrometer thick layer of gold black provided IR absorption. Comparison is made with the current state of the art on silicon substrates.

  13. Bulk growth, structure, optical properties and laser damage threshold of organic nonlinear optical crystals of Imidazolium L-Ascorbate

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    Saripalli, Ravi Kiran; Bhat, H. L.; Elizabeth, Suja

    2016-09-01

    Bulk, transparent organic nonlinear optical (NLO) single-crystals of imidazolium L-Ascorbate (ImLA) were grown using slow-evaporation. Crystal structure was determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. Preliminary linear optical measurements through UV-Visible and infrared spectroscopy revealed good optical transmittance and a low near-UV cutoff wavelength at 256 nm. Kurtz and Perry powder test revealed that ImLA is a phase-matchable NLO material with a second harmonic generation (SHG) efficiency of 1.2 times larger than that of standard KH2PO4 (KDP). Laser damage thresholds were determined for ImLA.

  14. Nonparaxial propagation of elliptical Gaussian vortex beams in uniaxial crystal orthogonal to the optical axis.

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    Wang, Xun; Liu, Zhirong; Zhao, Daomu

    2014-10-01

    Analytical expressions for the three components of nonparaxial propagation of a polarized elliptical Gaussian vortex beam in uniaxial crystal orthogonal to the optical axis are derived. Intensity and phase distributions of the three components of a polarized elliptical Gaussian vortex beam propagating in a uniaxial crystal orthogonal to the optical axis are illustrated by numerical examples. The influences of the initial beam's parameters and the parameters of the uniaxial crystal on the evolution of the beam's intensity and phase distributions in the uniaxial crystal are examined in detail. Results show that the statistical properties of an elliptical Gaussian vortex beam nonparaxially propagating in uniaxial crystal orthogonal to the optical axis are closely determined by the initial beam's parameters and the parameters of the crystal. The beam waist width ω0 not only affects the size of the beam profile in uniaxial crystal but also determines the nonparaxial effect of an elliptical Gaussian vortex beam. The profile of an elliptical Gaussian vortex beam in the uniaxial crystal becomes twisted and tilted, whether the elliptical factor α is greater or smaller than unity. The beam profile is tilted to the left in positive crystal. In contrast, it is inclined to the right in negative crystal. The results indicate that uniaxial crystal provides a convenient method to modulate the intensity and phase distributions of an elliptical Gaussian vortex beam, which is beneficial to optical manipulation of microscopic particles and nonlinear optics involving a specific beam profile and phase.

  15. Modelling Time-of-Arrival Ambiguities in a Combined Acousto-Optic and Crystal Video Receiver

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    1995-11-01

    The probability of pulses overlapping in time being received by a combined acousto - optic /crystal video receiver is investigated. Theoretical analysis...number of pulses in that bandwidth. The number of frequency subbands with crystal detectors required to cover the acousto - optic receiver bandwidth is therefore a compromise between cost and complexity of implementation.

  16. Ferroelectric Tungsten Bronze Bulk Crystals and Epitaxial Thin Films for Electro-Optic Device Applications

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    1984-07-01

    improved, they show a considerable enhancement in electro - optic and photorefractive properties, specifically for Ce(3+)-doped SBN:60 crystals. The...concentration of impurity ions increased. Undoped SBN:60 single crystals have also been grown and they are almost striation-free and exhibit excellent electro - optic properties.

  17. Body-centered cubic dissipative crystal formation in a dispersive and diffractive optical parametric oscillator.

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    Tlidi, M; Pieroux, D; Mandel, Paul

    2003-09-15

    We show that coupling diffraction and chromatic dispersion lead to body-centered cubic and hexagonally packed cylinders of dissipative optical crystals in a degenerate optical parametric oscillator. The stabilization of these crystals is a direct consequence of the interaction between the modulational and the quasi-neutral modes.

  18. Influence of the electron spin resonance saturation on the power sensitivity of cryogenic sapphire resonators

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    Giordano, Vincent Grop, Serge; Bourgeois, Pierre-Yves; Kersalé, Yann; Rubiola, Enrico

    2014-08-07

    Here, we study the paramagnetic ions behavior in presence of a strong microwave electromagnetic field sustained inside a cryogenic sapphire whispering gallery mode resonator. The high frequency measurement resolution that can be now achieved by comparing two Cryogenic Sapphire Oscillators (CSOs) permit to observe clearly the non-linearity of the resonator power sensitivity. These observations that, in turn, allow us to optimize the CSO operation are well explained by the electron spin resonance saturation of the paramagnetic impurities contained in the sapphire crystal.

  19. Temperature Compensated Sapphire Resonator for Ultra-Stable Oscillator Capability at Temperatures Above 77 Kelvin

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    Dick, G.; Santiago, D.; Wang, R.

    1994-01-01

    We report on the design and test of a whispering gallery sapphire resonator for which the dominant (WGH xxxsubn11) microwave mode family shows frequency-stable, compensated operation for temperatures above 77 Kelvin. The resonator makes possible a new ultra-stable oscillator (USO) capability that promises performance improvements over the best available crystal quartz oscillators in a compact cryogenic package. A mechanical compensation mechanism, enabled by the difference between copper and sapphire expansion coefficients, tunes the resonator to cancel the temperature variation of sapphire's dielectric constant.

  20. Optical Axis Gratings in Liquid Crystals and Their Use for Polarization Insensitive Optical Switching

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    Nersisyan, S. R.; Tabiryan, N. V.; Steeves, D. M.; Kimball, B. R.

    The ability of optical axis gratings (OAGs) to fully transfer the energy of an unpolarized incident light beam into the ±1st diffraction orders is explored below for development of a polarization-independent optical system with nonlinear transmission. Diffractive properties of OAGs based on azo dye doped liquid crystals (azo LCs) are efficiently controlled with low power radiation. Switching from diffractive to transmissive states of the OAG takes place within 50 ms at 60 W/cm2 power density level, while the diffractive state is restored within ~ 1 s in the absence of radiation. High contrast optical switching is demonstrated with violet as well as green laser beams. A photoswitchable OAG is paired with a light-insensitive OAG in diffraction compensation configuration to obtain an optical system switchable from high to low transmission state. The thinness of OAGs required for high contrast switching ensures high overall transmission of the system. Given also the spectrally and angularly broadband nature of OAG diffraction and the capability of azo LC material systems to respond both to cw as well as short laser pulses makes the optical system under discussion very promising for optical switching applications. Presentation of these results is preceded by an "opinionated" review of prior developments and demystifying of the fabrication technique of high efficiency large area OAGs.

  1. Electro-optical behavior of polymer dispersed blue phase liquid crystals

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    Kemiklioglu, E.; Chien, L.-C.

    2015-03-01

    We have investigated a new form of polymer dispersed liquid crystals (PDLC) electro-optical films comprised of blue phase liquid crystal and polymer prepared by the solvent evaporation method. In this method, polymer dispersed blue phase (PDBP) films, which were laminated between two indium-tin-oxidecoated conductive substrates, demonstrated two switching modes between light scattering and transparent states in response to an applied electric field across the film. The electro-optical properties of PDBP liquid crystals can be altered by changing the concentrations of liquid crystal and polymer. The compositions, film preparations, physical and morphological behaviors, and electro-optical properties of PDBP films are described.

  2. Development of optical systems. [holographic technique for monitoring crystal growth

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    Vikram, Chandra S.

    1995-01-01

    Several key aspects of multi-color holography and laser speckle technique to study holographic reconstructions are considered in the report. Holographic fringe contrast in two-color holography in the presence of a fluid cell in the object beam is discussed in detail. A specific example of triglycine sulfate crystal growth is also considered. A breadboard design using fiber optics and diode lasers for three-color holography for fluid experiments is presented. A possible role of multi-color holography in various new applications is summarized. Finally, the use of a a laser speckle technique is demonstrated for the study of holographic reconstructions. The demonstration is performed using a Spacelab 3 hologram.

  3. Optical nonreciprocal transmission in an asymmetric silicon photonic crystal structure

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    Wu, Zheng; Chen, Juguang; Ji, Mengxi; Huang, Qingzhong; Xia, Jinsong; Wang, Yi E-mail: ywangwnlo@mail.hust.edu.cn; Wu, Ying E-mail: ywangwnlo@mail.hust.edu.cn

    2015-11-30

    An optical nonreciprocal transmission (ONT) is realized by employing the nonlinear effects in a compact asymmetric direct-coupled nanocavity-waveguide silicon photonic crystal structure with a high loaded quality factor (Q{sub L}) of 42 360 and large extinction ratio exceeding 30 dB. Applying a single step lithography and successive etching, the device can realize the ONT in an individual nanocavity, alleviating the requirement to accurately control the resonance of the cavities. A maximum nonreciprocal transmission ratio of 21.1 dB as well as a working bandwidth of 280 pm in the telecommunication band are obtained at a low input power of 76.7 μW. The calculated results by employing a nonlinear coupled-mode model are in good agreement with the experiment.

  4. Optical Tamm states in one-dimensional superconducting photonic crystal

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    El Abouti, O.; El Boudouti, E. H.; El Hassouani, Y.; Noual, A.; Djafari-Rouhani, B.

    2016-08-15

    In this study, we investigate localized and resonant optical waves associated with a semi-infinite superlattice made out of superconductor-dielectric bilayers and terminated with a cap layer. Both transverse electric and transverse magnetic waves are considered. These surface modes are analogous to the so-called Tamm states associated with electronic states found at the surface of materials. The surface guided modes induced by the cap layer strongly depend on whether the superlattice ends with a superconductor or a dielectric layer, the thickness of the surface layer, the temperature of the superconductor layer as well as on the polarization of the waves. Different kinds of surface modes are found and their properties examined. These structures can be used to realize the highly sensitive photonic crystal sensors.

  5. Sensing with optical vortices in photonic-crystal fibers.

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    Demas, J; Grogan, M D W; Alkeskjold, T; Ramachandran, S

    2012-09-15

    We demonstrate optical polarization vortex generation in a photonic-crystal fiber (PCF) by means of a CO(2) laser-induced long period grating. Vortices are a special subclass of fiber modes that result in polarization-insensitive resonances even when grating perturbations are asymmetric, as is the case with structural perturbations in single-material PCFs. The physics of vortex generation, combined with the use of structural perturbations alone, in single-material fibers, opens up a new schematic for realizing harsh-environment sensors. We show that the temperature and polarization stability of our vortex devices is maintained for prolonged periods of time (tested up to 34 h) at temperatures exceeding 1000 °C. We envisage that this demonstration opens up a new way of realizing high-temperature sensors in a cost-effective manner.

  6. Electro-optically tunable diffraction grating with photoaligned liquid crystals

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    Węgłowski, Rafał; Kozanecka-Szmigiel, Anna; Piecek, Wiktor; Konieczkowska, Jolanta; Schab-Balcerzak, Ewa

    2017-10-01

    This work shows the possibility of fabricating one- and two-dimensional diffraction structures based on liquid crystals photoaligned with the layers of photosensitive azobenzene poly(ester imide). The gratings involve a micron-sized planar-twisted nematic alignment. The diffraction efficiency of these gratings is controlled by a uniform electric field applied across the cell. The electro-optical measurements showed short switching times (0.8 ms and 7 ms for τrise and τdecay respectively) and low driving electric fields (1 . 5 V / μm) of 1st order diffracted light. The LC grating is regarded as an amplitude grating in the low electric field region and a phase grating in the high electric field region. Moreover the diffraction efficiency is polarization-independent in the wide range of external electric fields.

  7. Path to meter class single crystal silicon (SCSi) space optics

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    McCarter, Douglas R.

    2012-03-01

    With the global financial crisis affecting funding for space systems development, customers are calling for lower cost systems. Yet, at the same time, these lower cost systems must have increased thermal response to operational environments and load survivability. We submit that single crystal silicon (SCSi) meets both of these requirements. This paper will highlight some key SCSi material properties, discuss the opportunities that led to the development of McCarter processing methods, and present the latest steps in the manufacturing path of McCarter Mirrors using SCSi, GFB (glass frit bonding) and MSF (McCarter super finish), including the concept drawing of a one meter SCSi lightweight mirror, which together sets up the last step toward a lower cost, high performing one meter SCSi space optic.

  8. Structural noise tolerance of photonic crystal optical properties

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    Odontsengel, Nyam-Erdene; Cai, DongSheng; Cole, James B.

    2016-12-01

    Using nonstandard (NS) finite difference time domain (FDTD) scheme to perform 2D electromagnetic (EM) simulations, we investigate how the optical properties of 2D photonic crystals (PCs) are affected by various different kinds of structural noises in the PC lattice. While the transmission spectrum is strongly affected by noises, the position and the depth of the band gap in the transmission spectrum are remarkably robust. It is shown that rather coarse numerical grids can be used to evaluate various PC structures in NS-FDTD EM simulations. The combination of noises affects transmission spectrum in the same way as the most influential individual noise. It is shown that reducing the most influential individual noise is a very efficient method to make PC more accurate.

  9. 40 GHz electro-optic modulation in hybrid silicon-organic slotted photonic crystal waveguides.

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    Wülbern, Jan Hendrik; Prorok, Stefan; Hampe, Jan; Petrov, Alexander; Eich, Manfred; Luo, Jingdong; Jen, Alex K-Y; Jenett, Martin; Jacob, Arne

    2010-08-15

    In this Letter we demonstrate broadband electro-optic modulation with frequencies of up to 40 GHz in slotted photonic crystal waveguides based on silicon-on-insulator substrates covered and infiltrated with a nonlinear optical polymer. Two-dimensional photonic crystal waveguides in silicon enable integrated optical devices with an extremely small geometric footprint on the scale of micrometers. The slotted waveguide design optimizes the overlap of the optical and electric fields in the second-order nonlinear optical medium and, hence, the interaction of the optical and electric waves.

  10. Optical and Spectral Studies on β Alanine Metal Halide Hybrid Crystals

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    Sweetlin, M. Daniel; Selvarajan, P.; Perumal, S.; Ramalingom, S.

    2011-10-01

    We have synthesized and grown β alanine metal halide hybrid crystals viz. β alanine cadmium chloride (BACC), an amino acid transition metal halide complex crystal and β alanine potassium chloride (BAPC), an amino acid alkali metal halide complex crystal by slow evaporation method. The grown crystals were found to be transparent and have well defined morphology. The optical characteristics of the grown crystals were carried out with the help of UV-Vis Spectroscopy. The optical transmittances of the spectrums show that BAPC is more transparent than BACC. The Photoluminescence of the materials were determined by the Photoluminescent Spectroscopy

  11. Ultrafast optical switching using photonic molecules in photonic crystal waveguides.

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    Zhao, Yanhui; Qian, Chenjiang; Qiu, Kangsheng; Gao, Yunan; Xu, Xiulai

    2015-04-06

    We study the coupling between photonic molecules and waveguides in photonic crystal slab structures using finite-difference time-domain method and coupled mode theory. In a photonic molecule with two cavities, the coupling of cavity modes results in two super-modes with symmetric and anti-symmetric field distributions. When two super-modes are excited simultaneously, the energy of electric field oscillates between the two cavities. To excite and probe the energy oscillation, we integrate photonic molecule with two photonic crystal waveguides. In coupled structure, we find that the quality factors of two super-modes might be different because of different field distributions of super-modes. After optimizing the radii of air holes between two cavities of photonic molecule, nearly equal quality factors of two super-modes are achieved, and coupling strengths between the waveguide modes and two super-modes are almost the same. In this case, complete energy oscillations between two cavities can be obtained with a pumping source in one waveguide, which can be read out by another waveguide. Finally, we demonstrate that the designed structure can be used for ultrafast optical switching with a time scale of a few picoseconds.

  12. Crystal growth of potassium 3,5-dinitrobenzoate (KDNB) for third order nonlinear optical (NLO) applications

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    Pandian, Muthu Senthil; Karuppasamy, P.; Ramasamy, P.

    2017-05-01

    The semi-organic nonlinear optical single crystals of potassium 3,5-dinitrobenzoate (KDNB) were grown by slow evaporation solution technique (SEST). The lattice parameters of the grown crystal were confirmed by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The optical transmittance, cut-off wavelength and band gap of the KDNB crystal were obtained by UV-Vis NIR spectrum analysis. Vickers microhardness analysis was carried out to identify mechanical stability and work hardening co-efficient of the grown crystal. The crystalline perfection of the grown crystal was identified by chemical etching study using water as etchant. The third-order nonlinear optical properties such as nonlinear refractive index (n2), nonlinear absorption co-efficient (β) and third order nonlinear susceptibility (χ(3)) of KDNB crystal were evaluated using Z-scan technique at the wavelength of 632.8 nm.

  13. Investigation of unidirectional growth and characterization of nonlinear optical L-alaninium p-toluenesulfonate crystal

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    Thayanithi, V.; Rajesh, K.; Praveen Kumar, P.

    2017-08-01

    An aminoacid nonlinear optical crystal of L-alaninium p-toluenesulfonate (LAPT) was grown by Sankaranarayanan and Ramasamy (SR) method. The seed crystal of LAPT was grown with the help of a conventional solution method. The size of the grown crystal is 50 mm length and 20 mm diameter for (0 1 0) plane. The solubility of LAPT was determined in deionized water. The grown LAPT crystal belongs to the orthorhombic crystal system with noncentrosymmetric space group P212121. The morphology of the grown LAPT crystal reveals a hexagonal shape with six facet. The lower cut-off wavelength of the grown crystal is found to be 285 nm. Optical transmittance of the crystal grown by SR method is increased by 20%, when compared with the conventionally grown crystal. The LDT value of the SR-grown LAPT crystal has increased by 0.57 GW cm-2, compared with LAPT crystal grown by conventional method. The emission spectra of the grown crystal was analysed by photoluminescence analysis. The mechanical strength of the grown LAPT crystal was analysed by using Vickers hardness test, and the work hardening coefficient (n) of the LAPT crystal grown by SR method is found to be 2.20. The second harmonic generation efficiency of the LAPT crystal is 2.1 times that of KDP.

  14. Epitaxial (100) GaAs Thin Films on Sapphire for Surface Acoustic Wave/Electronic Devices.

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    1985-12-01

    demonstrated that undoped -,111> single crystal a’ gallium arsenide could be grown on 򒠰> sapphire using the metalorganic chemical vapor deposition...chip. Metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MO-CVD) was used for all depositions during this work. Sapphire with an orientation of (01 T2 > was...as quartz. d& I SECTION 2 MO-CVD GROWTH SYSTEMS All GaAs depositions were performed in our second MO-CVD system which is also being used in a

  15. Electro-optic properties of indium/erbium-codoped lithium niobate crystal for integrated optics

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    Du, Wan-Ying; Zhang, Zi-Bo; Ren, Shuai; Wong, Wing-Han; Yu, Dao-Yin; Pun, Edwin Yue-Bun; Zhang, De-Long

    2017-02-01

    Clamped and unclamped electro-optic coefficients γ13 and γ33 of In3+/Er3+-codoped LiNbO3 crystals, which were grown by Czochralski method from the melts containing 0.5 mol% Er2O3 while varied In2O3 contents of 0.0, 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5 mol%, were measured by Mach-Zehnder interferometry. The results show that In3+/Er3+ codoping does not cause change of γ13 and γ33, and both γ13 and γ33 can be regarded as unchanged in the studied In3+ concentration range of 0-2.6 mol% (in crystal) within the experimental error of 3%. The small doping effect is desired in light of the electro-optic application of the crystal. A qualitative, comprehensible explanation for the small effect is given on the basis of the EO coefficient model of LiNbO3 and doping effect on the defect structure of LiNbO3.

  16. Design and construction of a tunable pulsed Ti:sapphire laser

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    Panahi, Omid; Nazeri, Majid; Tavassoli, Seyed Hassan

    2015-02-01

    In this paper, design and constr uction of a tunable pulsed Ti:sapphire laser and numerical solution of the corresponding rate equations are reported. Rate equations for a four-level system are written and their numerical solution is examined. Furthermore, an optical setup is introduced. In this setup, a Ti:sapphire crystal is longitudinally pumped by the second harmonics of a Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser, and a prism is used as a wavelength-selective element as well. This setup is established for two 10 and 50 % transmission output couplers. In case of using the 10 % coupler, the output energy of the laser, for the pump energy of 36 mJ, is pulses with 3.5 mJ energy and for the 50 % coupler, with 50 mJ of pump energy, pulses with 10 mJ energy are generated. A wavelength tuning range of more than 160 nm is possible. The repetition rate of this laser is 10 Hz and the temporal duration of the pulses is about 30 ns.

  17. Pulsed neutron powder diffraction at high pressure by a capacity-increased sapphire anvil cell

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    Okuchi, Takuo; Yoshida, Masashi; Ohno, Yoshiki; Tomioka, Naotaka; Purevjav, Narangoo; Osakabe, Toyotaka; Harjo, Stefanus; Abe, Jun; Aizawa, Kazuya; Sasaki, Shigeo

    2013-12-01

    A new design of opposed anvil cell for time-of-flight neutron powder diffraction was prepared for use at advanced pulsed sources. A couple of single-crystal sapphire sphere anvils and a gasket of fully hardened Ti-Zr null alloy were combined to compress 35 mm3 of sample volume to 1 GPa and 11 mm3 to 2 GPa of pressures, respectively. A very high-quality powder diffraction pattern was obtained at Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex for a controversial high pressure phase of methane hydrate. The counting statistics, resolution, absolute accuracy and d-value range of the pattern were all improved to be best suitable for precise structure refinement. The sample is optically accessible to be measured by Raman and fluorescence spectroscopy during and after compression. The current cell will be an alternative choice to study hydrogenous materials of complex structures that are stable at the described pressure regime.

  18. Optical inspection of liquid crystal variable retarder inhomogeneities.

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    Vargas, Javier; Uribe-Patarroyo, Néstor; Antonio Quiroga, Juan; Alvarez-Herrero, Alberto; Belenguer, Tomás

    2010-02-01

    Liquid crystal variable retarders (LCVRs) are starting to be widely used in optical systems because of their capacity to provide a controlled variable optical retardance between two orthogonal components of incident polarized light or to introduce a known phase shifting (PS) between coherent waves, both by means of an applied voltage. Typically, the retardance or PS introduced by an LCVR is not homogeneous across the aperture. On the one hand, the LCVR glass substrates present a global bend that causes an overall variation of the retardance or PS. On the other hand, in the manufacturing process of an LCVR, there sometimes appears a set of micro-air bubbles that causes local retardance or PS inhomogeneities. In this work, we present an interferometric technique based on a Mach-Zehnder interferometer that is insensitive to vibrations and capable of inspecting and characterizing the LCVR's retardance or PS inhomogeneities. The feasibility of the proposed method is demonstrated in the experimental results, where the LCVR retardance is measured with an error of about 0.2 rad. The thickness of possible micro-air bubbles is obtained with a resolution of about 50 nm.

  19. Optical study of Sb-S-I glass photonic crystals

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    Starczewska, Anna; Kępińska, Mirosława; Nowak, Marian; Szperlich, Piotr

    2015-12-01

    This work is focused on optical investigations of Sb-S-I glass photonic crystals based on three-dimensional opal template with a closed-packed face centered cubic (fcc) lattice prepared from monodisperse silicon (SiO2) spheres by gravity sedimentation. Three types of photonic structures have been examined: SiO2-opals, opals filled with Sb-S-I glass (direct opals) and Sb-S-I inverted opals obtained after removing SiO2 templates. Optical properties have been investigated by reflectance spectroscopy for wavelengths from 250 nm to 1100 nm. These measurements exhibit Bragg's peaks connected with photonic band gap that is tunable in position and width by varying the diameter of spheres and medium filling the opal. Values of the real parts of refractive index of the Sb-S-I in the fabricated inverted opals nmed[λ ∈ (850-950) nm] = 2.42 ± 0.08 and nmed[λ ∈ (675-750) nm] = 2.39 ± 0.11 have been determined.

  20. Spectral, linear and nonlinear optical, electrical, mechanical behaviour of sodium succinate crystal

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    Venkatesan, G.; Pari, S.; Kathiravan, V.

    2016-09-01

    This article reports on the preparation and characterization of sodium succinate grown by the slow solvent evaporation method. The grown crystal was subjected to single crystal x-ray diffraction technique to determine the lattice parameters. Fourier transform infrared spectrum was recorded to identify the presence of functional groups. Linear optical studies were determined in the percentage of transmittance and other optical parameters like optical band gap, reflectance and refractive index. The nonlinear refractive index, absorption and optical limiting was measured through the z-scan technique using Nd:YAG laser. Fluorescence study was measured. The impedance spectrum used to determine the dc conductivity at first time. Dielectric constant, dielectric loss and ac conductivity of the crystal were measured. The mechanical properties were measured in the crystal. The predicted NLO properties, UV-vis absorption and Z-scan studies indicate that is an attractive material for nonlinear optics and photonics optical limiting applications.

  1. Crystal growth and characterization of L-phenylalaninium trichloroacetate-A new organic nonlinear optical material

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    Prakash, M.; Geetha, D.; Lydia Caroline, M.

    2011-07-01

    Amino acid based crystals exhibit excellent nonlinear and electro-optical properties. A new nonlinear optical single crystal L-phenylalaninium trichloroacetate (LPTCA) belonging to the amino acid group was grown by the slow evaporation solution growth method. The grown crystals have been subjected to powder X-ray diffraction studies to identify the crystalline nature. Single crystal X-ray diffraction study showed that LPTCA belongs to monoclinic crystal system. Fourier transform infrared study is used to confirm the presence of various functional groups in the grown crystal. Optical transparency of the grown crystals was investigated by UV-vis-NIR spectrum. The lower optical cutoff wavelength for this crystal is observed at 254 nm and energy band gap is 4.89 eV. Thermal properties of the LPTCA crystal were studied by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential thermal analysis (DTA) techniques, which indicate that the material does not decompose before melting. The melting point of grown crystal was observed to be 136 °C in a melting point apparatus. The existence of nonlinear optical (NLO) property of LPTCA was confirmed by second harmonic generation test using Nd:YAG laser fundamental wavelength of 1064 nm.

  2. Growth, Structural And Optical Studies On Bis L-alanine Lithium Chloride (BLALC) Single Crystal

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    Rose, A. S. J. Lucia; Selvarajan, P.; Perumal, S.

    2011-10-01

    Bis L-alanine Lithium Chloride (BLALC) single crystals were grown successfully by solution method with slow evaporation technique at room temperature. Crystals of size 15 x 9 x 4 mm3 have been obtained in 28 days. The grown crystals were colourless and transparent. Single crystal X-ray diffraction (XRD) study showed that BLALC belongs to orthorhombic system with a non-centro-symmetric space group P212121. The crystallinity of BLALC crystal was confirmed by the powder X-ray diffraction study and diffraction peaks were indexed. The functional groups of the grown crystals have been identified by FTIR studies. UV-visible transmittance spectrum was recorded to study the optical transparency of BLALC crystal. The nonlinear optical (NLO) property of the grown crystal was confirmed by Kurtz-Perry powder technique.

  3. Monocrystalline germanium film on sapphire

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    Godbey, David J.; Qadri, Syed B.

    1993-04-01

    A monocrystalline germanium film is grown on a sapphire substrate with a (I 102) orientation. The substrate is first pretreated to restructure the (1102) surface plane. Typically, restructuring is accomplished by either an anneal at high temperature or ion bombardment. A monocrystalline germanium layer is grown on the pretreated surface by a vapor deposition process such as molecular beam epitaxy or chemical vapor deposition.

  4. Growth, structural, optical, thermal and mechanical properties of cytosinium hydrogen selenite: A novel nonlinear optical single crystal

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    Jaikumar, P.; Sathiskumar, S.; Balakrishnan, T.; Ramamurthi, K.

    2016-06-15

    Highlights: • Growth of bulk single crystals of cytosinium hydrogen selenite (CHS) is reported. • Dielectric constant of CHS is measured as a function of Frequency and temperature. • Lower cut off value of UV–vis-NIR spectrum of CHS crystal is observed at 210 nm. • Meyer’s index value of CHS crystal calculated identifies it as a soft material. • Powder SHG efficiency of CHS is about 1.5 times that of KDP crystal. - Abstract: A novel nonlinear optical single crystal of cytosinium hydrogen selenite was grown from aqueous solution of cytosinium hydrogen selenite by slow solvent evaporation method at room temperature. The structural properties of grown crystal have been studied by single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction analysis. Presence of various functional groups was identified from Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The optical transmittance and absorbance spectra were recorded by UV–vis-NIR spectrometer and the grown crystal possesses good transparency in the entire visible region. The dielectric constant and dielectric loss of the crystal were calculated as a function of frequency at different temperatures. The mechanical strength of the cytosinium hydrogen selenite crystal was estimated using Vicker’s microhardness tester. Etch patterns of the cytosinium hydrogen selenite crystal were obtained using distilled water as etchant for different etching time. Second harmonic generation efficiency tested using Nd:YAG laser is about 1.5 times that of KDP.

  5. Growth and characterization of nonlinear optical single crystal: Nicotinic L-tartaric

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    Sheelarani, V.; Shanthi, J.

    2015-06-01

    Nonlinear optical single crystals were grown from Nicotinic and L-Tartaric acid by slow evaporation technique at room temperature. Structure of the grown crystal was confirmed by single crystal X-ray diffraction studies, The crystallinity of the Nicotinic L-Tartaric (NLT) crystals was confirmed from the powder XRD pattern. The transparent range and cut off wavelength of the grown crystal was studied by the UV-Vis spectroscopic analysis.The thermal stability of the crystal was studied by TG-DTA. The second harmonic generation (SHG) efficiency of NLT was confirmed by Kurtz Perry technique.

  6. Growth and characterization of nonlinear optical single crystal: Nicotinic L-tartaric

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    Sheelarani, V.; Shanthi, J.

    2015-06-24

    Nonlinear optical single crystals were grown from Nicotinic and L-Tartaric acid by slow evaporation technique at room temperature. Structure of the grown crystal was confirmed by single crystal X-ray diffraction studies, The crystallinity of the Nicotinic L-Tartaric (NLT) crystals was confirmed from the powder XRD pattern. The transparent range and cut off wavelength of the grown crystal was studied by the UV–Vis spectroscopic analysis.The thermal stability of the crystal was studied by TG-DTA. The second harmonic generation (SHG) efficiency of NLT was confirmed by Kurtz Perry technique.

  7. Photo-written three-dimensional optical circuits in iron doped lithium niobate crystals

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    Zhang, Peng; Zhao, Jianlin; Xu, Honglai; Ma, Yanghua; Yang, Dexing

    2006-02-01

    We present our experimental results on fabricating optical waveguides by laser micromachining, structure-light illuminating, and optical spatial dark solitons in iron doped lithium niobate (LiNbO 3:Fe) crystals. After that we propose a novel approach to fabricate three-dimensional (3-D) optical circuits in LiNbO 3 crystals by combining the three light-induction techniques listed above. By employing laser micromachining, a curved and a Y-branches waveguides are successfully fabricated. With binary and SLM-prepared optical masks, Y-branches and gradient planar waveguides are experimentally demonstrated. By utilizing one-dimensional (1-D) optical spatial dark solitons, planar, Y-branches, and square channel waveguides are formed. The results show that each of the three methods can be employed to write optical waveguides in LiNbO3 crystals. By combing the three methods, 3-D light circuits can be created in 45 °-cut bulk crystals by several procedures. Initially, a quasi-planar optical circuit is created in a thin layer of the crystal by structure-light illuminating with an optical mask. Then, a planar circuit is generated by utilizing a 1-D dark soltion. And then, form multi-layer planar circuits are formed by altering the positions of the crystal or writing beam. Finally, laser micromachining is used to link the different layers to form a 3-D light circuit. Furthermore, functional 3-D integrated optical system may be implemented by using the proposed approach.

  8. Calculation of optical second-harmonic susceptibilities and optical activity for crystals

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    Levine, Z.H.

    1994-12-31

    A new generation of nearly first-principles calculations predicts both the linear and second-harmonic susceptibilities for a variety of insulating crystals, including GaAs, GaP, AlAs, AlP, Se, {alpha}-quartz, and c-urea. The results are typically in agreement with experimental measurements. The calculations have been extended to optical activity, with somewhat less success to date. The theory, based on a simple self-energy correction to the local density approximation, and results are reviewed herein.

  9. Practical issues for the use of liquid crystal spatial light modulators in adaptive optics

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    Bold, G. T.; Barnes, T. H.; Gourlay, J.; Sharples, R. M.; Haskell, T. G.

    1998-03-01

    Low cost, accurate, high resolution spatial light modulators are of increasing interest for adaptive optics applications. Most adaptive optics systems currently use expensive segmented or deformable mirrors. Nematic liquid crystal spatial light modulators have been suggested as possible substitutes for these mirrors as the phase modulating arrays in adaptive optics systems. This paper discusses broad wavelength band, and polarisation insensitive operation of two different liquid crystal spatial light modulators currently available and under investigation as possible phase modulating arrays for adaptive optics systems. The results of our investigations give a good indication of how the devices will operate in practical adaptive optics systems.

  10. What Color is Sapphire

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    1975-12-23

    acitelyr needed in the’’Various branches of industry. 1 1& n&h.e-j--We--ffst(i-synthesized by--th-WorK6e-r- 6-•l-t - AS1ISMR amethyst occupies a special...synthesize amethyst . This was done for the Cirst time by our country. Becaure of the intensity of its color and reddish gleam fJ ashing in its depths...even under electric lighting, it surpasses :!se--amethyset& -but-&so-the- unique Uralian amethysts . , Synthetic violet crystals are distinguished by

  11. Crystal growth and characterization of third order nonlinear optical piperazinium bis(4-hydroxybenzenesulphonate) (P4HBS) single crystal

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    Pichan, Karuppasamy; Muthu, Senthil Pandian; Perumalsamy, Ramasamy

    2017-09-01

    The organic single crystal of piperazinium bis(4-hydroxybenzenesulphonate) (P4HBS) was grown by slow evaporation solution technique (SEST) at room temperature. The lattice parameters of the grown crystal were confirmed by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. Functional groups of P4HBS crystal were confirmed by FTIR spectrum analysis. The optical quality of the grown crystal was identified by the UV-Vis NIR spectrum analysis. The grown crystal has good optical transmittance in the range of 410-1100 nm. In photoluminescence spectrum, sharp emission peaks are observed, which indicates the ultraviolet (UV) emission. The photoconductivity study reveals that the grown crystal has negative photoconductive nature. The thermal behaviour of the P4HBS crystal was investigated by thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA). The mechanical stability of grown crystal was analyzed and the indentation size effect (ISE) was explained by Hays-Kendall's (HK) approach and proportional specimen resistance model (PSRM). Chemical etching study was carried out and the etch pit density (EPD) was calculated. The dielectric constant (ε‧) and dielectric loss (tan δ) as a function of frequency were measured for the grown crystal. The solid state parameters such as valence electron, plasma energy, Penn gap and Fermi energy were evaluated theoretically for the P4HBS using the empirical relation. The estimated values are used to calculate the electronic polarizability. The third-order nonlinear optical properties such as nonlinear refractive index (n2), absorption co-efficient (β) and susceptibility (χ(3)) were studied by Z-scan technique at 632.8 nm using He-Ne laser.

  12. Plasmon electro-optic effect in a subwavelength metallic nanograting with a nematic liquid crystal

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    Palto, S. P.; Barnik, M. I.; Kasyanova, I. V.; Geivandov, A. R.; Shtykov, N. M.; Artemov, V. V.; Gorkunov, M. V.

    2016-01-01

    The electro-optic effect in hybrid structures based on subwavelength metallic nanogratings in contact with a layer of a nematic liquid crystal has been experimentally studied. Metallic gratings are fabricated in the form of interdigitated electrodes, which makes it possible to use them not only as optical elements but also for the production of an electric field in a thin surface region of the layer of the liquid crystal. It has been shown that, owing to the electric-field-induced reorientation of molecules of the liquid crystal near the surface of the grating, it is possible to significantly control the spectral features of the transmission of light, which are caused by the excitation of surface plasmons. The electro-optic effect is superfast for liquid crystal devices because a change in the optical properties of the system requires the reorientation of molecules only in a very thin surface layer of the liquid crystal.

  13. Study of Third-Order Optical Nonlinearities of Se-Sn (Bi,Te) Quaternary Chalcogenide Thin Films Using Ti: Sapphire Laser in Femtosecond Regime

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    Yadav, Preeti; Sharma, Ambika

    2017-01-01

    The objective of the present research work is to study the nonlinear optical properties of quaternary Se-Sn (Bi,Te) chalcogenide thin films. A Z-scan technique utilizing 800 nm femtosecond laser source has been used for the determination of the nonlinear refractive index ( n 2), two-photon absorption coefficient ( β 2) and third-order susceptibility ( χ (3)). In the measurement of n 2, an aperture is placed in the far field before the detector (closed aperture), while for the measurement of β 2, entire transmitted light is collected by the detector without an aperture (open aperture). Self-focusing has been observed in closed aperture transmission spectra. The appearance of the peak after the valley in this spectrum reflects the positive nonlinear refractive index. The calculated value of n 2 of the studied thin films varies from 1.06 × 10-12 cm2/W to 0.88 × 10-12 cm2/W. The compound-dependent behavior of n 2 is explained in this paper. We have also compared the experimental values of n 2 with the theoretically determined values, other compounds of chalcogenide glass and pure silica. The n 2 of the investigated thin films is found to be 3200 times higher than pure silica. The results of the open aperture Z-scan revealed that the value of β 2 of the studied compound is in the order of 10-8 cm/W. The behavior of two-photon absorption is described by means of the optical band gap ( E g) of the studied compound. The variation in the figure-of-merit from 0.32 to 1.4 with varying Sn content is also reported in this paper. The higher value of nonlinearity makes this material advantageous for optical fibers, waveguides and optical limiting devices.

  14. Experimental demonstration of joule-level non-collinear optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification in yttrium calcium oxyborate.

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    Yu, Lianghong; Liang, Xiaoyan; Li, Jinfeng; Wu, Anhua; Zheng, Yanqing; Lu, Xiaoming; Wang, Cheng; Leng, Yuxin; Xu, Jun; Li, Ruxin; Xu, Zhizhan

    2012-05-15

    In this Letter, we report on what is, to our knowledge, the first experimental demonstration of yttrium calcium oxyborate (YCOB) for joule-level and broadband non-collinear optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification centered at 800 nm. Based on a Ti:sapphire chirped-pulse amplification front end, an amplified signal energy of 3.36 J was generated with a pump of 35 J in the crystal. Compressed pulse duration of 44.3 fs, with a bandwidth of 49 nm, was achieved. The results confirm that YCOB crystal is another potential alternative as a final amplifier besides Ti:sapphire in a petawatt laser at 800 nm.

  15. Growth and birefringence studies of semi organic non-linear optical LHB single crystal

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    Jayaramakrishnan, V.; Prasanyaa, T.; Haris, M.; Bhoopathi, G.

    2015-02-01

    In the last few decades nonlinear optical materials are getting attention in the field of optical data storage, telecommunication, second harmonic generation (SHG) and optical signal processing, etc. In the present work we are reporting the single crystal growth of L-Histidine with hydro-bromic acid. The L-Histidine bromide (LHB) single crystals have been harvested from the solution in a span of 34 days by adopting slow cooling solution growth technique. The grown crystals have been subjected to powder X-ray diffraction studies to identify the cell parameters and structure. The crystalline perfection has been defined by rocking curve (HRXRD) analysis. Optical transmission spectra reveal the optical properties of the grown crystals. The Modified channel spectrum (MCS) method has been adopted for the study of spectral dependence of linear birefringence over the wavelength range 480-620 nm. The second harmonic generation efficiency was tested by using Kurtz and Perry method, keeping KDP as reference.

  16. Synthesis, growth and optical properties of an efficient nonlinear optical single crystal: L-alanine DL-malic acid

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    Kirubagaran, R.; Madhavan, J.

    2015-02-01

    Single crystals of L-alanine DL-malic acid (LADLMA) have been grown from aqueous solution by slow-cooling technique. Powder X-ray diffraction studies reveal the structure of the crystal to be orthorhombic. The nonlinear optical conversion efficiency test was carried out for the grown crystals using the Kurtz powder technique. The third order nonlinear refractive index and the nonlinear absorption coefficient where evaluated by Z-scan measurements. As the material have a negative refractive index it could be used in the protection of optical sensors such as night vision devices.

  17. Fabrication of optical element from unidirectional grown imidazole-imidazolium picrate monohydrate (IIP) organic crystals for nonlinear optical applications

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    Vivek, P.; Murugakoothan, P.

    2014-12-01

    Nonlinear optical bulk single crystal of Imidazole-imidazolium picrate monohydrate (IIP) has been grown by Sankaranarayanan-Ramasamy (SR) method using acetonitrile as solvent. First time we report the bulk growth of IIP crystal by SR method. The transparent IIP single crystal of maximum diameter 21 mm and length 46 mm was obtained by employing SR method. The grown crystal was subjected to high resolution X-ray diffraction, UV-vis-NIR transmittance, refractive index, hardness, dielectric and laser damage threshold studies. The crystalline perfection of the grown crystal was analyzed using HRXRD. Cut off wavelength and optical transmission window of the crystal was assessed by UV-vis-NIR and the refractive index of the crystal was found. The mechanical property of the crystal was estimated by Vicker's hardness test. The dielectric property of the crystal was measured as a function of frequency. The laser damage threshold value was determined. The particle size dependent second harmonic generation efficiency for IIP was evaluated with standard reference material potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KDP) by Kurtz-Perry powder method using Nd:YAG laser, which established the existence of phase matching. The second harmonic generation (SHG) of IIP crystal was investigated by the SHG Maker fringes technique. The mechanism of growth is revealed by carrying out chemical etching using acetonitrile as etchant.

  18. Synthesis, growth and characterization of a nonlinear optical crystal: Bis l-proline hydrogen nitrate.

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    Selvaraju, K; Kirubavathi, K

    2013-11-01

    The single crystals of bis l-proline hydrogen nitrate (BLPHN) belonging to non-centrosymmetric space group were successfully grown by the slow evaporation solution growth technique. The BLPHN crystals of size 10×7×3mm(3) were obtained in 35days. Initially, the solubility tests were carried out for two solvents such as deionized water and mixed of deionized water-acetone. Among the two solvents, the solubility of BLPHN was found to be the highest in deionized water, so crystallization of BLPHN was done from its aqueous solution. As grown, crystals were characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction studies and optical transmission spectral studies. Infrared spectroscopy, thermo gravimetric analysis and differential thermal analysis measurements were performed to study the molecular vibration and thermal behavior of the grown BLPHN crystals. Nonlinear optical (NLO) behavior of BLPHN crystal was studied by Kurtz and Perry powder method. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Boundary effects in finite size plasmonic crystals: focusing and routing of plasmonic beams for optical communications.

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    Benetou, M I; Bouillard, J-S; Segovia, P; Dickson, W; Thomsen, B C; Bayvel, P; Zayats, A V

    2015-11-06

    Plasmonic crystals, which consist of periodic arrangements of surface features at a metal-dielectric interface, allow the manipulation of optical information in the form of surface plasmon polaritons. Here we investigate the excitation and propagation of plasmonic beams in and around finite size plasmonic crystals at telecom wavelengths, highlighting the effects of the crystal boundary shape and illumination conditions. Significant differences in broad plasmonic beam generation by crystals of different shapes are demonstrated, while for narrow beams, the propagation from a crystal onto the smooth metal film is less sensitive to the crystal boundary shape. We show that by controlling the boundary shape, the size and the excitation beam parameters, directional control of propagating plasmonic modes and their behaviour such as angular beam splitting, focusing power and beam width can be efficiently achieved. This provides a promising route for robust and alignment-independent integration of plasmonic crystals with optical communication components.

  20. Study of spectroscopic and thermal characteristics of nonlinear optical molecular crystals based on 4-nitrophenol

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    Pavlovetc, I. M.; Fokina, M. I.

    2016-08-01

    The paper presents the results of study of spectroscopic and thermal characteristics of molecular co-crystals: 2-aminopyridine-4-nitrophenol-4-mtrophenolate (2AP4N) and 2,6- diaminopyridine-4-nitrophenol-4nitrophenolate (26DAP4N). Crystals were successfully grown by slow evaporation technique. Optical transparency in the region of 190-1100 was found to be suitable for applications with cut off wavelengths 420 and 430 nm respectively. Thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis show good quality and thermal stability for studied crystals. Kurtz and Perry powder technique proves that the crystals are acentric and have significant nonlinear optical response.