1 December 1999 Improved growth of AgGaSe2 crystals and phase matched second harmonic generation of 10.6um CO2 laser radiation
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Good quality AgGaSe2 single crystal 22 mm in diameter and 80 mm in length is grown by an improved technique, i.e., descending ampoule with rotation. Although the crystals grow with optical defects, postgrowth heat treatment procedures are used to successfully eliminate the defects and produce material of 62.4% IR transmission at 10.6?m. The frequency-doubling device is cut from a cylindrical crystal boule using a new orientation cut method according to the type-1 phase-matched condition. A high optical quality, orientated AgGaSe2 single crystal of 10x 10x 12 mm size is used for second harmonic generation (SHG) of the pulsed output of a 10.6?m CO2 miniature transversely excited atmospheric laser. A relatively high energy conversion efficiency of 12% is obtained. It is found that the optical surface damage threshold of the crystal is larger than 12 MW/cm2.
Beijun Zhao, Shifu Zhu, Yu Li, Feng-liang Yu, Qi-feng Li, Zhenghui Li, Xing-hua Zhu, Shuang-yun Shao, Jian Lin, "Improved growth of AgGaSe2 crystals and phase matched second harmonic generation of 10.6um CO2 laser radiation," Optical Engineering 38(12), (1 December 1999). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.602322
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