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Beta Barium Borate As An Electro-Optic Material For High Power Lasers
Author(s): Chris A Ebbers
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Paper Abstract

The potential of Beta-Barium Borate (B-BaB204) for use as an EO material is evaluated. The clamped and unclamped values of ryyy and rc are rtyyy = 2.5 pm/V, rTC = 0.17 pm/V, IrSyyyl = 0.24 rSXyz(KDP), and RSC = 0.013 rSXyz(KDP), where rc = rzzz-(no/ne)3rx xz. The magnitude of the EO coefficient is due mainly to the electronic nonlinearity. The expected half-wave voltages and thermo-mechanical parameters of 13-BaB204 plates in various configurations are calculated and compared with those of other materials of interest. Its resistance to thermal fracture, high damage threshold, and its wide range of transparency, make 13-BaB204 an excellent candidate for use in a high average power Pockels cell, and as an intra-cavity laser Q-switch.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 January 1989
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 0968, Ceramics and Inorganic Crystals for Optics, Electro-Optics, and Nonlinear Conversion, (17 January 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.948127
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Chris A Ebbers, University of California (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0968:
Ceramics and Inorganic Crystals for Optics, Electro-Optics, and Nonlinear Conversion
Robert W. Schwartz, Editor(s)

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