Growth and characterization of BaLiF3 single crystal as a new optical material in the VUV region

Amina Bensalah, K. Shimamura, T. Fujita, H. Sato, M. Nikl, T. Fukuda

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The growth of undoped BaLiF3 (BLF) single crystals, a candidate for window material in the vacuum-ultraviolet (VUV) region, was carried out in a Czochralski system under CF4 atmosphere. BLF single crystals 1 inch in diameter were obtained and characterized. The thermal expansion coefficient of the BLF single crystal along the 〈100〉-axis was 3.33 × 10-5 K. The distribution of birefringence along the 〈100〉-axis was in the order of 10-7. The absorption edge of BLF was determined to be 123 nm, showing high potential as an optical window material in the VUV region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-262
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jan 13


  • Crystal growth
  • Optical materials
  • Optical properties
  • Optical spectroscopy
  • Thermal expansion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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