Accession Number : ADA525039


Title :   Transparent Spinel Ceramic


Corporate Author : NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC OPTICAL SCIENCES DIV


Personal Author(s) : Sanghera, J. S. ; Villalobos, G. ; Kim, W. ; Bayya, S. ; Aggarwal, I. D.


Report Date : 2009


Pagination or Media Count : 3


Abstract : Spinel (MgAl2O4) is a cubic crystalline material with a unique combination of ruggedness and excellent transmission from the ultraviolet (0.2 micron) to the mid-infrared (5 micron) region. This positions spinel as the de facto material of choice for numerous Department of Defense and commercial infrared window applications. However, single crystal spinel is difficult to make in dimensions greater than a few millimeters using traditional high temperature (>2000 deg C) melt growth techniques. On the other hand, attempts to make polycrystalline spinel by traditional hot pressing of powder has led to inhomogeneous material, typified by opaque nontransmitting regions, thereby making it unsuitable for practical applications. However, NRL has solved this problem.


Descriptors :   *SPINEL , *INFRARED WINDOWS , CERAMIC MATERIALS , HOT PRESSING , MILITARY APPLICATIONS


Subject Categories : OPTICS


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE