Optical Materials

The investigation of a wide variety of novel electromagnetic and optical materials provides the basis upon which new sensing methods are devised. Work continues on the growth and characterization of device materials to further a basic understanding of device limitations due to material properties. Materials of interest include superconductors, electrooptical, birefringent, and nonlinear optical materials. Recent work involved the growth and characterization of high quality Hg2Cl2 crystal boules, sections and prisms for acousto-optic and polarization devices in the IR.