Study on Ultra-Precise Machining of CLBO Crystal
Cesium Lithium Borate (CsLiB6O10 or CLBO) is the most effective non-linear crystal which generates ultraviolet harmonics of the Nd:YAG fundamental laser wavelength. In order to enhance the damage threshold, low CLBO surface roughness, by ultra-precision machining, is needed. Because the CLBO crystal has easy hydroscopic reaction and micro scratches in machining, ultra-precise machining of the CLBO crystal is a difficult technical problem. In this paper, the new lapping slurry and polishing slurry are introduced. And the deliquescence degree of CLBO is fallen to lowest. A new working technology is also adopted. After rough polishing, the concentration of ultra-precision polishing slurry is increased properly. So does the ultra-precision polishing speed, and the wiping speed is faster than the deliquescence speed. The CLBO crystal surface roughness can achieve 1nm and keep the surface quality well.
Guangqi Cai, Xipeng Xu and Renke Kang
X. Lv et al., "Study on Ultra-Precise Machining of CLBO Crystal", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 304-305, pp. 398-402, 2006