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Fabrication of chalcogenide glass rods and tubes by processor-controlled extrusion techniques
Author(s): Thomas J. Loretz; Albert Ray Hilton Sr.; A. R. Hilton Jr.; James McCord
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Paper Abstract

AMI is engaged in a number of programs to produce infrared transmitting fiber and lenses using AMTIRR materials, for commercial and military purposes. Through adaptation of Computer Engineering Services (author's prior company) conventional silicate glass extrusion technology, it is possible to fabricate fire polished rods and tubes of virtually any cross-sectional geometry. Diameters between about 3 mm and 75 mm and lengths as great as 1000 mm have been achieved. Extrusion is similar in many respects to fiber optic draw technology and requires precise control of feed and draw parameters, via the use of microprocessor systems. Internal homogeneity of the starting material is completely retained. This paper discusses the effort to date and describes product applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 April 1997
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2977, Specialty Fiber Optics for Biomedical and Industrial Applications, (18 April 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.271021
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Thomas J. Loretz, Schott-CML Fiberoptics, Inc. (United States)
Albert Ray Hilton Sr., Amorphous Materials, Inc. (United States)
A. R. Hilton Jr., Amorphous Materials, Inc. (United States)
James McCord, Amorphous Materials, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2977:
Specialty Fiber Optics for Biomedical and Industrial Applications
Abraham Katzir; James A. Harrington, Editor(s)

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