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Gel-silica hybrid optics
Author(s): Larry L. Hench; Jon K. West; Bing Fu Zhu; R. Ochoa
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Paper Abstract

Sol-gel processing is used to make two new types of silica optics, Type V fully dense silica and Type VI optically transparent ultraporous silica. Type VI silica is an ideal matrix for impregnation with second phases that are optically active, resulting in a hybrid optical material with a unique combination of properties. The processing and characteristics of several hybrid optical devices are discussed including hybrid dye lasers, scintillators and wavelength shifters, transpiration cooled windows, and laser written waveguides. Advantages of the hybrid optical components are discussed along with potential applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1990
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1328, Sol-Gel Optics, (1 November 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.22562
Show Author Affiliations
Larry L. Hench, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Jon K. West, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Bing Fu Zhu, Univ. of Florida (United States)
R. Ochoa, Univ. of Florida (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1328:
Sol-Gel Optics
John D. Mackenzie; Donald R. Ulrich, Editor(s)

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