CsAlB3O6F: a beryllium-free deep-ultraviolet nonlinear optical material with enhanced thermal stability†
The design of new beryllium-free deep-ultraviolet nonlinear optical materials is important but challenging. Here, we describe a new strategy to search for such materials based on rational selection of fundamental structural units. By combining asymmetric AlO3F tetrahedra and π-conjugated B3O6 rings, a new aluminum borate fluoride, CsAlB3O6F was obtained. It exhibits excellent linear and nonlinear optical properties including a high optical transmittance with a cut-off edge shorter than 190 nm, large second harmonic generation intensities (2.0× KH2PO4, KDP), and suitable birefringence for phase-matching under 200 nm. It also has good thermal stability and can be synthesized easily in an open system.
- This article is part of the themed collection: 2019 Chemical Science HOT Article Collection