Exploration of New Second-Order Nonlinear Optical Compounds Containing Main Group Elements

  • Hua-Jun Zhao
  • Xin-Tao Wu
  • Li-Ming WuEmail author
Part of the Structure and Bonding book series (STRUCTURE, volume 145)


This review mainly highlights recent research progress on the exploration syntheses, crystal structures, and nonlinear optical properties of multinary chalcogenides. Some examples show that slight radius change (Ga3+ vs. In3+) leads to different packing patterns of the same asymmetric units that eventually result in NLO properties with different origins. Besides, combination of two types of asymmetric units, SbQ x polyhedron and TrQ4 tetrahedron, not only gives rise to a rich structural chemistry but also yields many NCS compounds with excellent IR NLO performance. Additionally, the studies of the new mid-IR NLO crystal BaGa4S7 developed by a Bridgman–Stockbarger technique and a series new NLO chalcogenides based on TrQ4 and TtQ4 tetrahedra are also included.


Antimony Asymmetric unit Chalcogenide Main group element 



This research was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under projects (20973175, 21171168), 973 Program (2010CB933501), and the NSF of Fujian Province (2011J05039).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Structural ChemistryFujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of SciencesFuzhouPeople’s Republic of China

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