SBIR Phase I: Hydrothermal Growth of Potassium Beryllium Fluoroborate (KBBF) for deep UV Nonlinear Optical Applications.

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$149,908.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0945282
Award Id:
91156
Agency Tracking Number:
0945282
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
377 Rubin Center Crive, Suite 207, FORT MILL, SC, 29708
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
126676670
Principal Investigator:
Henry Giesber
PhD
(803) 547-0881
hgiesber@apcrystal.com
Business Contact:
Henry Giesber
PhD
(803) 547-0881
hgiesber@apcrystal.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
This Small Business Innovative Research Phase I project is to develop a commercial growth process for single crystals of KBe2BO3F2 (KBBF) using hydrothermal techniques. KBBF shows exceptional promise as a deep UV non-linear optical material (NLO). NLOs are vital for the development of solid-state lasers with wavelengths below 200 nm for use in photolithography, micromachining and spectroscopy. The sub-200 nm region is extremely inaccessible and optics for those wavelengths are quite rare. The successful development of commercial KBBF will enable laser applications such as frequency doubling and wavelength mixing in the deep ultraviolet. Currently, this material is unavailable in the open market. China has invested heavily in developing this material but has embargoed its export.

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