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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2004
  • pp: 1981–2007

Optical, vibrational, thermal, electrical, damage, and phase-matching properties of lithium thioindate

Sandrine Fossier, Sophie Salaün, Jacques Mangin, Olivier Bidault, Isabelle Thénot, Jean-Jacques Zondy, Weidong Chen, Fabian Rotermund, Valentin Petrov, Plamin Petrov, Jes Henningsen, Alexander Yelisseyev, Ludmila Isaenko, Sergei Lobanov, Ona Balachninaite, Gintas Slekys, and Valdas Sirutkaitis  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 21, Issue 11, pp. 1981-2007 (2004)

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Lithium thioindate (LiInS<sub>2</sub>) is a new nonlinear chalcogenide biaxial material transparent from 0.4 to 12 μm that has been successfully grown in large sizes and with good optical quality. We report on new physical properties that are relevant for laser and nonlinear optics applications. With respect to AgGaS(e)<sub>2</sub> ternary chalcopyrite materials, LiInS<sub>2</sub> displays a nearly isotropic thermal expansion behavior, a 5-times-larger thermal conductivity associated with high optical damage thresholds, and an extremely low-intensity-dependent absorption, allowing direct high-power downconversion from the near-IR to the deep mid-IR. Continuous-wave difference-frequency generation (5–11 μm) of Ti:sapphire laser sources is reported for the first time to our knowledge.

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OCIS Codes
(120.4530) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical constants
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(160.6000) Materials : Semiconductor materials
(170.5660) Medical optics and biotechnology : Raman spectroscopy
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers

Sandrine Fossier, Sophie Salaün, Jacques Mangin, Olivier Bidault, Isabelle Thénot, Jean-Jacques Zondy, Weidong Chen, Fabian Rotermund, Valentin Petrov, Plamin Petrov, Jes Henningsen, Alexander Yelisseyev, Ludmila Isaenko, Sergei Lobanov, Ona Balachninaite, Gintas Slekys, and Valdas Sirutkaitis, "Optical, vibrational, thermal, electrical, damage, and phase-matching properties of lithium thioindate," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 21, 1981-2007 (2004)

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