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Sol-gel optics, present status and future trends
Author(s): John D. Mackenzie; Donald R. Ulrich
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Paper Abstract

The soi-gei process is based on the mixing of liquid reactants on a molecular scale and the subsequent solidification of the solution into a porous amorphous oxide gel. The porous gel is then heated to give glasses or poiycrystailine solids. Additives can be made to the liquid mixture to give composites. Many new optical materials have been prepared by the sol-gel technique in the past five years. The present status of the scientific understanding of the process is summarized and examples presented of different types of materials successfully developed for optical applications. The enormous potentials of the process are not fully exploited at present. Sol-gei optics promises to be a growing field of science and technology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1990
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1328, Sol-Gel Optics, (1 November 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.22540
Show Author Affiliations
John D. Mackenzie, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Donald R. Ulrich, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (United States)

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

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