LiCaAlF 6 (LiCAF) single crystals pure and doped with MgF 2 and BaF 2 were successfully grown by the Czochralski technique. Optical absorption measurements in the UV/Visible spectral regions following x-ray irradiation (radiation induced absorption) were performed in order to investigate the radiation damage of the crystals. The F-center absorption band at 262 nm is the dominating induced absorption feature. The amplitude of the F-absorption band is suppressed by more than a factor of 3 in Mg-doped LiCAF compared to undoped, while for Ba-doped LiCAF, almost no variation is obtained. In Mg-doped crystals the optimum doping concentration is of about 0.2 mol% of MgF 2 in the melt.
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