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Studies on the growth aspects of organic L-alanine maleate: a promising nonlinear optical crystal

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A organic nonlinear optical material, L-alanine maleate (LALM) was synthesized. Bulk Single crystals of LALM have been grown by slow cooling method with a solution pH of 5. The solubility of L-alanine maleate has been deter-mined for various temperatures. Large size sin-gle crystal of 2.0 x 1.2 x 0.8 cm3 has been grown with reasonable growth rate along the three crystallographic directions by optimizing the growth parameters. The structure of LALM crys- tal was studied by single-crystal X-ray diffrac-tion analysis. The presence of functional groups was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The LALM crystal was analysed for its thermal and mechanical behaviours. The grown crystals have also been subjected to linear and non-linear optical property studies. From these studies, it is inferred that the LALM crystals exhibit better thermal and mechanical stabilities with improved optical properties. Thus satisfies the essential requirements for optical device fabrication.

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Balasubramanian, D. , Jayavel, R. and Murugakoothan, P. (2009) Studies on the growth aspects of organic L-alanine maleate: a promising nonlinear optical crystal. Natural Science, 1, 216-221. doi: 10.4236/ns.2009.13029.


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