Infrared Transparent Glass Ceramics with Near-Zero Thermal Expansion
Award last edited on: 11/15/2018

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Awarding Agency
DOD : Navy
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Principal Investigator
Philip Lam

Company Information

L2 Tech Inc (AKA: Lam Optics Inc~BeamTek Inc)

3149 S Chrysler Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85713
   (520) 829-1914

Research Institution

University of California - Santa Cruz

Phase I

Contract Number: N68335-08-C-0299
Start Date: 7/14/2008    Completed: 2/14/2009
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The thermal shock resistance of current mid-infrared window and dome materials is insufficient for some high speed flight application due to their relatively large thermal expansion. Leveraging our extensive experience on infrared materials, L2 Tech, Inc and University of California-Santa Cruz propose to develop a new glass ceramic material with high mid-infrared transmission and low emissivity at elevated temperature. The material has 45-60% (in volume) crystals that have negative thermal expansion. It balances with the positive thermal expansion of the surrounding glass to give a combined Near-Zero Thermal Expansion of less than 0.5 ppm/K over a wide temperature range from 0-600 oC, and has superior thermal shock resistance. By specially designing the composition, the material will have very good mechanical properties and high chemical erosion resistance. In Phase I, we will fabricate the glass ceramic, measure its thermal expansion and optical transmission.

Zero thermal expansion material can be used as infrared sensor windows and domes of missiles with high thermal shock resistance. The material has numerous commercial applications. It can be used as substrates for electronic devices, semiconductor steppers, parts for liquid crystal steppers, optical flats, spacers, windows, parts for interferometers, laser mirrors and suspensions, various disks, block gauges, standard lengths, long precision scales, optical pedestal platforms, pedestal for precision equipment, alternate material to quartz glass, ceramics, low thermal expansion alloys, etc. Zero thermal expansion materials are also needed in structures subject to temperature changes such as space structures, bridges, and piping systems

infrared window, infrared window, Glass ceramics, zero thermal expansion, Infrared Materials, Low Thermal Expansion, infrared dome, thermal shock, Near-zero thermal expansion

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