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Method for preparing borate-based crystal and laser oscillation apparatus achieved

Foreign code F110005724
File No. Y0353WO
Posted date Sep 12, 2011
Country United States of America
Application number 54531404
Gazette No. 20060102066
Gazette No. 7744696
Date of filing Feb 13, 2004
Gazette Date May 18, 2006
Gazette Date Jun 29, 2010
International application number JP2004001546
International publication number WO2004079060
Date of international filing Feb 13, 2004
Date of international publication Sep 16, 2004
Priority data
  • P2003-035778 (Feb 13, 2003) JP
  • P2003-109294 (Apr 14, 2003) JP
  • 2004WO-JP01546 (Feb 13, 2004) WO
Title Method for preparing borate-based crystal and laser oscillation apparatus achieved
Abstract (US7744696)
A borate-based crystal excellent in uniformity and reliability, which is useful as an optical wavelength conversion device, etc., and can be easily produced at low cost in a short period of time, by the steps of dissolving water-soluble starting materials in water to prepare an aqueous solution, evaporating water in the aqueous solution followed by sintering or evaporating the water and not sintering, thereby forming a crystal growth material, and melting the resultant material to grow a crystal.
Further, a highly reliable laser oscillation apparatus can be achieved by using this crystal as an optical wavelength conversion device.
Scope of claims [claim1]
1. A method for producing a borate-based crystal, which comprises: employing a water-soluble cesium compound and a water-soluble boron compound as starting materials,
dissolving all of the starting materials simultaneously in an amount of water which is 1.0 to 2.5 times the total weight of the starting materials,
forming an aqueous solution with a uniform composition,
evaporating the water in the aqueous solution, followed or not followed by sintering, to form a crystal growth material,
melting the crystal growth material, and
growing a cesium-borate-based crystal of the composition formula:
Cs1-xMxB3O5 (0 <= x<1)
wherein M is an alkaline metal or alkaline earth metal element,
wherein the water-soluble cesium compound is a cesium carbonate compound, and
wherein a decarboxylation reaction occurs in the aqueous solution by dissolving the starting materials in water.
[claim2]
2. The method for producing a borate-based crystal according to claim 1, wherein the water-soluble boron compound is boron oxide or boric acid.
[claim3]
3. The method for producing a borate-based crystal according to claim 1, wherein the aqueous solution is heated to evaporate the water.
[claim4]
4. The method for producing a borate-based crystal according to claim 1, wherein the sintering is carried out within a temperature range of 500 deg. C. or higher and lower than the melting temperature after evaporating the water in the aqueous solution.
[claim5]
5. The method for producing a borate-based crystal according to claim 1, wherein a melt of the crystal growth material is stirred during the crystal growth.
[claim6]
6. The method for producing a borate-based crystal according to claim 1, wherein the grown crystal is heated to reduce a water impurity in the crystal.
[claim7]
7. The method for producing a borate-based crystal according to claim 6, wherein the grown crystal is heated at 100 deg. C. or higher.
[claim8]
8. The method for producing a borate-based crystal according to claim 6, wherein the grown crystal is heated in a gas-substituted atmosphere or an evacuated atmosphere.
  • Inventor, and Inventor/Applicant
  • SASAKI TAKATOMO
  • MORI YUSUKE
  • YOSHIMURA MASASHI
  • NISHIOKA MUNEYUKI
  • FUKUMOTO SATORU
  • MATSUI TOMOYO
  • SAJI TAKASHI
  • JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY
IPC(International Patent Classification)
U.S. Cl./(Sub)
  • C01B035/12
  • C30B011/02
  • C30B029/22
  • C30B035/00F
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