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Chalcogenide Glass Molding Advances Precision IR Optics

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A nitride-based coating extends the lifetime of molds by preventing abrasive wear and averting glass adhesion, promising to reduce the cost of manufacturing infrared optics.

MARCEL FRIEDRICHS AND HOLGER KREILKAMP, FRAUNHOFER INSTITUTE FOR PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY IPT

Today, infrared optics are mainly used in relatively high-priced technical devices. Thermal imaging cameras, for instance, help builders and surveyors identify leaks and thermal bridges in buildings, while night vision systems are used by police and military forces to monitor areas in darkness or...Read full article

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