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ALON optical ceramic transparencies for window, dome, and transparent armor applications
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Paper Abstract

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.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 May 2011
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 8016, Window and Dome Technologies and Materials XII, 801608 (20 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.886122
Show Author Affiliations
Lee M. Goldman, Surmet Corp. (United States)
Rich Twedt, Surmet Corp. (United States)
Sreeram Balasubramanian, Surmet Corp. (United States)
Suri Sastri, Surmet Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8016:
Window and Dome Technologies and Materials XII
Randal W. Tustison, Editor(s)

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