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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 34 — Dec. 1, 1998
  • pp: 8130–8130

The Precision Hand Polishing of BBO and LBO

Eberhard Prochnow and David F. Edwards  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 34, pp. 8130-8130 (1998)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.37.008130


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AbstractA hand polishing method for generating stain-free surfaces for BBO and LBO having surface figures of 1 10 th wave or better, parallelisms of less than 1 arc s and surface roughness of 10 Å RMS or less is described.Barium metaborate (BaB2O4, BBO) and lithium triborate (LiB3O5, LBO) are nonlinear crystals characterized by a wide transparency range, small birefringence, a moderate nonlinear optical coefficient, and a high optical damage threshold.13 The realization of these properties depends, to a great extent, on the ability to fabricate quality surfaces for these crystals. The focus of this note is the precise hand polishing of these crystals.

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Eberhard Prochnow and David F. Edwards, "The Precision Hand Polishing of BBO and LBO," Appl. Opt. 37, 8130-8130 (1998)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-37-34-8130


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