3 May 1988 Gel-Silica Optics
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Proceedings Volume 0878, Multifunctional Materials; (1988) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.943959
Event: 1988 Los Angeles Symposium: O-E/LASE '88, 1988, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Abstract
The processing and properties of Types I and II fused quartz optics and Types III and IV synthetic fused silica optics are compared with new organometallic sol-gel derived (Types V and VI) gel-silica optics. Type V gel-silica has excellent transmission from 165 nm to 4200 nm with no OH absorption peaks. Other physical properties and structural characteristics of Type V gel-silica are similar to high grade fused silica but offer the advantages of near net shape cast4ng, including internal cavities, and a lower coefficient of thermal expansion of 0.2 x 10-6 cm/cm compared with 0.55 x 10-6 cm/cm. Optically transparent porous gel silica (Type VI) has a UV cut-off ranging from 250-300 nm. Type VI gel-silica optics has a density as low as 60% of Types I-V silica and can be impregnated with up to 30 to 40% by volume of a second phase optically active organic or inorganic compound.
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L. L. Hench, S. H. Wang, J. L. Nogues, "Gel-Silica Optics", Proc. SPIE 0878, Multifunctional Materials, (3 May 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.943959; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.943959
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