Journal of Applied Spectroscopy

, Volume 86, Issue 4, pp 572–577 | Cite as

Complex Defects in Mg-Doped Lithium Niobate Crystals Over a Wide Concentration Range and Their Manifestation in IR Absorption Spectra in the OH Stretching Vibration Region

  • N. V. SidorovEmail author
  • L. A. Bobreva
  • M. N. Palatnikov

Structural defects of nominally pure congruent and stoichiometric LiNbO3 crystals and a series of congruent crystals doped with 0.91–5.91 mol% MgO were compared and comprised two concentration thresholds at ~3.0 and ~5.5 mol% MgO. The main band parameters of OH stretching vibrations in IR absorption spectra (frequency, half-width, intensity) displayed abrupt changes near the concentration threshold at 5.5 mol% MgO. The OH stretching-vibration band shifted to higher frequency by ~50 cm–1 because of the formation of (MgLi)+–(MgNb)3––OHcomplexes upon reaching the second Mg concentration threshold.


single crystal lithium niobate doping complex and point defects photorefractive effect OH stretching vibrations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. V. Sidorov
    • 1
    Email author
  • L. A. Bobreva
    • 1
  • M. N. Palatnikov
    • 1
  1. 1.I. V. Tananaev Institute of the Chemistry and Technology of Rare Elements and Mineral Raw Materials, Subdivision of Kola Science CenterRussian Academy of SciencesApatityRussia

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