LiGaTe2: A new highly nonlinear chalcopyrite optical crystal for the Mid-IR

L. Isaenko, P. Krinitsin, V. Vedenyapin, A. Yelisseyev, A. Merkulov, J. J. Zondy, V. Petrov

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

89 Citations (Scopus)


The chalcopyrite crystal LiGaTe2 was grown by the Bridgman-Stockbarger technique with sufficient size and optical quality that allowed the characterization of its linear (dispersion and birefringence) and nonlinear optical properties. X-ray structural analysis was performed on single crystals. The transmission was recorded in the 0.5-24 μm range, and Raman and IR-spectra were recorded in the 0-400 cm-1 and 180-400 cm -1 ranges, respectively. The clear transparency range of LiGaTe 2 extends from 2.5 to 12 μm, the band-gap at room temperature is at 2.41 eV (515 nm), residual absorption limits the transmission near the band-edge, and the upper limit for the transmission is determined by the onset two-phonon absorption. LiGaTe2 is a positive uniaxial crystal that possesses sufficient birefringence for phase-matching. Its nonlinear coefficient d36 was estimated by phase-matched second harmonic generation to be 43 pm/V ± 10%. It is only the third crystal belonging to the A IBIIIC2VI chalcopyrite family for which phase-matched nonlinear frequency conversion could be demonstrated, and of this group it exhibits the highest nonlinearity and figure of merit for nonlinear optical applications in the mid-infrared.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1325-1329
Number of pages5
JournalCrystal Growth and Design
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'LiGaTe<sub>2</sub>: A new highly nonlinear chalcopyrite optical crystal for the Mid-IR'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this