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Robust Optical Materials for Aerospace and Laser Applications

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Sapphire, spinel, and ALON have been around for many years; however, new production capabilities enable their use in emerging applications.

KURT SCHMID, DAVID MAXWELL, AND BILL RIPLEY, GT ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES

While single-crystal materials and ceramics are not as widely used for optical applications as glass, there are niche applications, such as aerospace, submarine optronic, and high-energy laser windows, for which these materials are favored. The choices for these applications often come down to...Read full article

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