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  • Vol. 25, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 2000
  • pp: 1588–1590

Alleviation of photoinduced damage in GdxY1-xCa4O(BO3)3 at elevated crystal temperature for noncritically phase-matched 355-nm generation

H. Furuya, H. Nakao, I. Yamada, Y. F. Ruan, Y. K. Yap, M. Yoshimura, Y. Mori, and T. Sasaki  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 25, Issue 21, pp. 1588-1590 (2000)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.25.001588


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Abstract

We developed a GdxY1-xCa4O(BO3)3 (GdYCOB) crystal for control of optical birefringence. GdYCOB crystals were successfully used to generate noncritical phase-matched (NCPM) second and third harmonics of 1064-nm lights. However, we observed degradation of third-harmonic-generation (THG) output power and distortion of the beam pattern as a result of photoinduced damage and thermal dephasing. The photoinduced damage was classified into two types. One was gray-track and the other was photorefractive damage. It seems that these types of damage were similar to the types of damage that occurred with KTiOPO4 and LiNbO3 crystals. We tried to circumvent this problem by crystal heating. Photoinduced damage of GdYCOB was overcome by elevation of the crystal temperature, and NCPM THG (355-nm) output power from heated GdYCOB increased to 9 mW (62.5 kHz).

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OCIS Codes
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials

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H. Furuya, H. Nakao, I. Yamada, Y. F. Ruan, Y. K. Yap, M. Yoshimura, Y. Mori, and T. Sasaki, "Alleviation of photoinduced damage in GdxY1-xCa4O(BO3)3 at elevated crystal temperature for noncritically phase-matched 355-nm generation," Opt. Lett. 25, 1588-1590 (2000)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-25-21-1588

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