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Title: Crystal structure, growth and characterization of LiPbB₉O₁₅: A new congruent melting nonlinear optical crystal

A new congruent-melting crystal LiPbB₉O₁₅ (LPBO) has been grown and its structure was determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction. LPBO crystallizes in a polar space group R3c with a large unit cell of a=b=21.649(11) Å, c=17.193(11) Å, and Z=24. The basic anionic unit, (B₃O₇)⁵⁻ group, is connected by terminal O atoms to build an infinite [(B₃O₅)⁻]ₙ helical chain along the c axis. Second harmonic generation (SHG) measurements of the title compound indicate that LPBO can be phase matchable and its SHG coefficient is almost equal to that of KDP, which is about 3.3 times that of its analog BaLiB₉O₁₅. This significant enhancement of the SHG effect can be tentatively attributed to the lone pair Pb²⁺ cations with severely distorted coordination. LPBO has a wide transparent region from 410 to 2500 nm with a UV absorption edge about 261 nm according to the reflectance spectra. - Graphical abstract: The crystal structure of LiPbB₉O₁₅ composed of the (B₃O₇)⁵⁻ anionic group and the lone pair Pb and Li polyhedra along c axis. Highlights: • A new congruent-melt NLO crystal LiPbB₉O₁₅ (LPBO) has been grown. • The basic structural unit of LPBO is B₃O₇ group same as that found in LiB₃O₅. • LPBO ismore » phase matchable with SHG signal 10 times that of its Ba-analog. • LPBO is highly transparent within 410–1700 nm with a UV cut-off of 261 nm.« less
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OSTI Identifier:
22306298
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Solid State Chemistry; Journal Volume: 201; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2013 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; ABSORPTION; ATOMS; BORATES; CATIONS; HARMONIC GENERATION; LEAD IONS; LITHIUM COMPOUNDS; MELTING; MONOCRYSTALS; OPTICAL PROPERTIES; SPACE GROUPS; SPECTRA; TRIGONAL LATTICES; X-RAY DIFFRACTION