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The Supply Of Germanium For Future World Demands
Author(s): James R. Piedmont; Richard J. Riordan
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Paper Abstract

The supply of germanium has been of major concern to industry who utilize it in numerous applications. One application, Electro-Optics Viewing Systems, use the unique optical properties of germanium to operate within a given spectral range. Similarly, germanium is used in such semiconductor devices as radiation detectors, light emitting diodes, and solar cells. The oxide of germanium is used in the textile industries of Europe and Asia as a catalyst. For these commodities, there is a predictable increase in demand for both non-military and military use in the 1980's. The impact of this increase in demand is evaluated and compared with its supply.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 July 1979
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 0164, 4th European Electro-Optics Conf, (25 July 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.965520
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James R. Piedmont, Night Vision and Electro-Optics Laboratory (United States)
Richard J. Riordan, Night Vision and Electro-Optics Laboratory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0164:
4th European Electro-Optics Conf

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