ChemMatCARS Used To Solve Structure Of Material That Doubles Wavelength Of Light

 

September 26, 2008

 

A promising light-conversion material almost went unrecognized because the it crystallized only in long, thin spines that couldn't be characterized by normal x-ray diffraction. Microcrystal diffraction at ChemMatCARS showed the developers what properties to look for, specifically, the ability to double the wavelength of incoming light. They found the material is 15 times better at wavelength doubling than the current industry standard for comparable nonlinear optical materials. The material is also transparent across a wider range of wavelengths. It could be used in spectrometers for detecting chemical and biological weapons at a distance and for more efficient optical communications. 

Journal Article (JACS 130, 12270, 2008)