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20 May 2011 ALON optical ceramic transparencies for window, dome, and transparent armor applications
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Surmet continues to invest in and expand its manufacturing capability for ALON® Optical Ceramic, as the market demand for this material increases. The biggest demand and opportunity continues to be in the area of transparent armor, however, the market for sensor domes and windows, made from ALON, continues to grow at an impressive rate as well. ALON® Transparent Armor's unsurpassed ballistic performance, combined with the robustness of ALON's manufacturing process and reproducibly high material quality make ALON the leading candidate for many future armor systems. Recent results for ALON armor windows will be presented. Advances being made in Surmet's production capability to support the very large quantities of material required by the transparent armor market also benefit the sensor market. Improvements in quality, quantity and manufacturability of ALON material, combined with improvements being made in optical quality, ensure a robust supply of high quality material for high volume window and dome applications. Recent advancement in ALON® window and dome blanks, as well as in optical fabrication will be presented.
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Lee M. Goldman, Rich Twedt, Sreeram Balasubramanian, and Suri Sastri "ALON optical ceramic transparencies for window, dome, and transparent armor applications", Proc. SPIE 8016, Window and Dome Technologies and Materials XII, 801608 (20 May 2011);


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