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ARTICLE OF THE HOUR Common Infrared Optical Materials and Coatings
A Guide to Properties, Performance and Applications
The purpose of this guide is to identify the most common infrared-transmitting materials, pointing out key properties and their typical manufacturing and optical coating options. The information provided within this article is for reference purposes only. The optical materials selected for an optical system depend upon the application, the required system performance and the environment in which the system is to perform; thus the materials’ optical, mechanical, thermal and thermo-optic...