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
Contract: 0945282
Agency Tracking Number: 0945282
Amount: $149,908.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: NM
Solicitation Number: NSF 09-541
Small Business Information
377 Rubin Center Crive, Suite 207, FORT MILL, SC, 29708
DUNS: 126676670
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Henry Giesber
 (803) 547-0881
Business Contact
 Henry Giesber
Title: PhD
Phone: (803) 547-0881
Research Institution
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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