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LiNbO3 and MgO:LiNbO3 Pockels Cells (Stock List)

  • Low Half Wave Voltage
  • High Electro-Optical Coefficients
  • Work in Transverse Mode
  • Long Wavelength up to 4μm
  • Preferable for Er:YAG, Ho:YAG and Tm:YAG lasers
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Code Wavelength Dimension Aperture Extinction Ratio Laser Damage Threshold Unit Price Delivery Cart
2033-001 1064nm 55x28x24mm 2.5mm >500:1 200MW/cm^2 Inquire Inquire
2033-002 1064nm 55x28x24mm 5mm >500:1 200MW/cm^2 Inquire Inquire
2033-003 1064nm 55x28x24mm 8mm >500:1 200MW/cm^2 Inquire Inquire
2033-004 1064nm 55x28x24mm 9mm >500:1 200MW/cm^2 Inquire Inquire
2033-005 Custom Crystal size: 4x4x15mm 3.6(+/-0.1)mm >100:1 100MW/cm^2 Inquire Inquire
2033-006 Custom Crystal size: 6x6x20mm 5.4(+/-0.1)mm >100:1 100MW/cm^2 Inquire Inquire
2033-007 Custom Crystal size: 9x9x25mm 7.2(+/-0.1)mm >100:1 100MW/cm^2 Inquire Inquire
2033-008 Custom Crystal size: 10x10x20mm 9(+/-0.1)mm >100:1 100MW/cm^2 Inquire Inquire
LiNbO3 and Mgo: LiNbo3 crystals have been extensively integrated in optical communication and optical waveguide technology on the account of its excellent electro-optical characteristics and they are low cost photoelectric materials with good mechanical and physical properties. The electro-optic effect of LiNbO3 crystals is utilized for electro-optical modulations.
Lithium Niobate crystals  have become one of the most commonly used material for Q-switches and phase modulators for its high Electro-Optical coefficients  attributed by their large electro-optic coefficients, non-hygroscopicity, good transmission up to 4.0 µm and operation in transverse mode. With an electric field is applied transversely to the direction of light propagation, LiNBO3 cells can be configured to operate at a comparatively lower voltage than KD*P cells. LiNbO3 pockel cells could support operations in infrared wavelengths up to 4.0 µm, and are also good choices for applications in low and medium power solid-state lasers ( Er:YAG, Ho:YAG, Tm:YAG pulsed lasers). Damage threshold could be problematic for Lithium Niobate at short wavelengths because of color center formation. Above 800nm, however, the problem effectively attenuates and the material then has a very good damage threshold. On the other hand, LiNbO3 with Mgo doping has significantly higher damage threshold than conventional LiNbO3 without doping. 
Hangzhou Shalom EO offers the pockels cells made from LiNbO3 crystals and MgO:LiNbO3 crystals, with aperture size of 2.5mm to 9mm. The LiNbO3 and MgO:LiNbO3 crystals with Cr-Au electrode for electro-optical modulators or pockels cells are also offered.


    • Wide range of transparency (420 nm to 5200 nm)
    • Large electro-optical coefficients and low loss
    • Stable mechanical and chemical properties
    • High temperature stability and low wavefront distortion


    • Q-switching compact Nd+ lasers such as range-finders
    • Target designators 
    • Medical  and industrial lasers

    Modules or Types:





    Shell Sizeφ20 x 66mmφ25.4 x 36mmφ30/32 x 26/30mmφ31/32 x 26mm
    λ/4 Voltage400V λ/2 @ 633nm800V λ/2 @ 633nm1800V-1900V λ/4 @1064nm2100V λ/4 @ 1064nm
    Overall Transmittance>98%>98%>98%>98%
    Insertion Loss3%3%3%3%
    Output Tuning Q Energy100mJ100mJ100mJ100mJ
    Crystal Through Distortionλ/4 @ 633nmλ/4 @ 633nmλ/4 @ 633nmλ/4 @ 633nm
    Flatnessλ/8 @ 633nmλ/8 @ 633nmλ/8 @ 633nmλ/8 @ 633nm
    Extinction Ratio200:1 at 5mm section200:1 at 5mm section200:1 at 5mm section200:1 at 5mm section
    Damage Threshold100MW/cm2 1064nm 10ns 10Hz (LN switch)
    300MW/cm2 1064nm 10ns 10Hz (MgO: LN switch)



    ApertureMin. 5x5mm Max. 20x20mmLength~60mm
    Orientation12 arc minFlatnessλ/8 @ 633nm
    Wave Front Distortionλ/4 @ 633nmParallelism< 20 arc sec
    Perpendicularity< 5 arc secSurface Quality10/5 after coating 20/10

    Side physical effcets of Pockels cells:

    When it comes to practical applications of Pockels cells, one may need to take some additional side effects into account:

    • Etalon effects may still exists and affect the optical performance if the beam direction is perpendicular to the faces of crystal, Even when the end faces of the crystal are coated with high-quality AR coatings.
    • Temperature could significantly affect the obtain phase changes.For example, a Pockels cell which is set to generate perfect high-contrast amplitude modulation, may require readjustments of the operation voltages when the temperature changes. However there are thermally compensated double crystal designs may circumvent the problem.
    • For operation with large beam radius, it is worth paying attention to sort out an optimized design for electrodes (possibly with additional auxiliary electrodes for high uniformity of the generated electric field, as otherwise one may obtain a spatially varying modulation).
    • Nonlinear crystals often exhibit substantial piezo-electric and elastooptic effects, which can have substantial influences on the performance at high modulation frequencies.
    • Operating at high power levels, thermal effects may be induced by residual absorption of the crystal . Therefore materials with lower absorption are preferable for high power applications
    • The crystals used in Pockels cells are nonlinear crystal materials, they inherently demonstrates considerable optical nonlinearities. For instance, self-phase modulation and nonlinear self-focusing might occur for light pulses with substantial peak power.
    Aperture 5.4mm customized LiNbO3 and MgO:LiNbO3 Pockels Cells

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    Aperture 3.6mm customized LiNbO3 and MgO:LiNbO3 Pockels Cells

    Aperture 3.6mm customized LiNbO3 and MgO:LiNbO3 Pockels Cells

    Aperture 5mm 1064nm LiNbO3 and MgO:LiNbO3 Pockels Cells

    Aperture 5mm 1064nm LiNbO3 and MgO:LiNbO3 Pockels Cells