A new noncentrosymmetric alkaline earth metal halide borate, BaClBF4, has been synthesized with crystal size up to 6 mm × 6 mm × 3 mm via the hydrothermal method at 200 °C. The crystal structure can be described as an alternate stacking of cationic [Ba2Cl2]2+ layers with anionic [BF4]− layers along the b direction, and the [Ba2Cl2]2+ layer is a pseudo-Aurivillius type layer similar to the [Bi2O2]2+ layer. The transmittance range of BaClBF4 is from 0.18 to 8.5 μm, and the laser damage threshold of the crystal is about 6.8 GW cm−2. EDS, TG-DSC and second harmonic generation investigations are reported. The electronic structure is discussed to explain the structure–property relationships.
Chinese Acad Sci, Xinjiang Key Lab Elect Informat Mat & Devices, Key Lab Funct Mat & Devices Special Environm, Xinjiang Tech Inst Phys & Chem, Urumqi 830011, Peoples R China; Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China;Northwestern Univ, Dept Chem, Evanston, IL 60208 USA
Min Zhang,Shilie Pan,Zhihua Yang,Ying Wang,Xin Su, Yun Yang,Zhenjun Huang, Shujuan Han and Kenneth R. Poeppelmeier. BaClBF4: a new noncentrosymmetric pseudo-Aurivillius type material with transparency range from deep UV to middle IR and a high laser damage threshold[J]. Journal of Materials Chemistry C,2013,1(31):4740-4745.