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  • Vol. 41, Iss. 3 — Jan. 20, 2002
  • pp: 470–474

Phase-matched third-harmonic generation in mercury-(I)-chloride

Heidrun Schmitzer, Hans-Peter Wagner, Wolfgang Dultz, and Michael Kühnelt  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 3, pp. 470-474 (2002)

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Using phase-matched third-harmonic generation we determine the effective nonlinear susceptibilities in Hg2Cl2 (Calomel) to | χ eff , I 3 | = 4.5 × 10-22 m2V-2 and | χ eff , II 3 | = 9.7 × 10-22m2V-2 for type I and type II phase matching, respectively. The type III phase matching uses the same tensor components as type I and is deduced to be | χ eff , III 3 | ≅ 1.5 × 10-22m2V-2. The effective third-order susceptibilities of Hg2Cl2 are two orders of magnitude higher than those of CaCO3, and the tensor components χ11 - 3χ18 exceed the components of ADP by a factor of 5. These measurements demonstrate that Calomel might be a promising material to be used for nonlinear optical devices.

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OCIS Codes
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.4160) Nonlinear optics : Multiharmonic generation
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(190.4720) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities of condensed matter
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence

Original Manuscript: May 29, 2001
Published: January 20, 2002

Heidrun Schmitzer, Hans-Peter Wagner, Wolfgang Dultz, and Michael Kühnelt, "Phase-matched third-harmonic generation in mercury-(I)-chloride," Appl. Opt. 41, 470-474 (2002)

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