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16 April 2008 Optical and thermo-mechanical properties of infrared glasses
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The interest in new infrared materials has grown rapidly during the last decade, one reason being the increasing cost of traditional Germanium, with in the meantime, a decrease of the cost of infrared detectors. In response to this Umicore has developed the GASIR® range of optical materials. A key strength of the new material is that it can be molded, leading to particularly cost effective solutions for high volume requirements. This paper reviews the GASIR®1 material relative to some of the existing materials and presents a case study of an optical design using GASIR®. In particular the effect of thermal cycling on survivability and performance are examined. The case study includes Umicore's recently developed iDLC(tm) coating. This coating complies with the specifications for "Diamond Like Carbon" coatings and can thus suit a broad range of applications such as thermography, fire fighting, etc.
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J. Franks, K. Rogers, and Y. Guimond "Optical and thermo-mechanical properties of infrared glasses", Proc. SPIE 6940, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXIV, 69400P (16 April 2008);

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