American Elements maintains a long standing relationship with the U.S. military and its allies. We supply all branches of the armed forces as well as its research facilities, such as the Naval and Air Force Research Labs. We also supply numerous military contractors with the cutting edge materials they need to build exceptional land and sea based systems, precision munitions and state of the art early warning systems.

We have assisted on several DARPA assignments towards development of weaponized special mission delivery capabilities and guidance and control tactical missile systems. American Elements contributed to the development of the wavelength-absorbing optical coatings on flight goggles now in common use by Air Force and Navy fighter pilots.

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Innovation Case Study #7: American Elements Synthesizes New Optical Crystal Structure for U.S. Military

#7: American Elements Synthesizes New Optical Crystal Structure for U.S. Military

The Challenge

In 2002, American Elements was approached by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to assist with its basic research into innovative methods to measure temperatures inside jet engines. ORNL had explored the usefulness of several classes of laser crystals and hypothesized that doping yttrium-aluminum garnet (YAG) with dysprosium could yield desired results. While YAG doped with neodymium (Nd:YAG) is today ubiquitous in medical surgical laser, Dy:YAG had never been synthesized.

The Innovation

American Elements accepted the challenge of growing a Dy:YAG crystal. After analyzing existing literature on the subject which suggested that pressures and temperatures much higher than that required to grow a Nd:YAG crystal would be required, American Elements built a custom Bridgman-Stockbarger float zoning pilot scale line to grow the Dy:YAG material.

The Result

The Bridgman-Stockbarger facility generated 3 x 2-3 mm high purity Dy:YAG crystals which were delivered to Oak Ridge for testing. The results of the tests are proprietary to ORNL and the U.S. Air Force.
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Selected Products Supplied to the Defense Industry

(4N) 99.99% High Purity Magnesium Oxide Powder (5N) 99.999% Aluminum Oxide Powder (5N) 99.999% Gallium Oxide Powder (5N) 99.999% High Purity Silicon Powder
(5N) 99.999% Yttrium Oxide Aluminum Foam Aluminum Foil Aluminum Granules
Aluminum Lithium Alloy Powder Aluminum Lithium Alloy Rod Aluminum Lithium Alloy Sputtering Target Aluminum Magnesium Alloy
Aluminum Magnesium Alloy Nanopowder Aluminum Magnesium Powder Aluminum Nanoparticle Dispersion Aluminum Nanoparticles
Aluminum Nitride Powder Aluminum Oxide Foam Aluminum Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Aluminum Oxide Powder
Aluminum Oxynitride Aluminum Pellets Aluminum Powder Aluminum Rod
Aluminum Silicon Foil Aluminum Silicon Magnesium Alloy Powder Aluminum Sulfide Sputtering Target Aluminum Wire
Antimony Sulfide Barium Chromate Barium Sulfate Barium Titanate Nanoparticles
Barium Titanate(IV) Bismuth Disc Bismuth Germanate BGO Bismuth Oxide Powder
Boron Granules Boron Nitride Boron Nitride Micropowder Boron Nitride Nanoparticle Dispersion
Boron Nitride Nanoparticles Boron Oxide Powder Cadmium Telluride Quantum Dots Calcium Carbonate
Calcium Carbonate Sputtering Target Calcium Copper Titanate Calcium Fluoride Activated by Europium Calcium Lanthanum Sulfide
Calcium Silicate Calcium Silicate Board Carbonyl Iron Powder Cerium Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion
Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Cesium Nitrate Chromium Oxide Powder Chromium Powder
Chromium Rod Chromium Sulfate Basic Chromium Sulfate Solution Cobalt Block
Cobalt Cube Cobalt Foil Cobalt Oxide Nanoparticles Copper Clad Molybdenum
Copper Foam Copper Iron Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Copper Iron Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Copper Powder
Copper Wire Copper(I) Oxide Copper(I) Oxide Sputtering Target Copper(I) Selenide Sputtering Target
Dysprosium Disc Dysprosium Fluoride Dysprosium(III) Bromide Hydrate Gadolinium Disc
Gadolinium Powder Gadolinium Rod Gallium Bromide Gallium Lump
Gallium Oxide Powder Gallium(II) Selenide Sputtering Target Germanium Ditelluride Germanium Ingot
Germanium Telluride Germanium Telluride Sputtering Target Gold Foil Graphite Powder
Graphite, Micronized Graphite, Natural Flake Hafnium Carbide Tile Hafnium Oxide Powder
Inconel 718 Alloy Inconel 718 Alloy Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Inconel 718 Powder Indium Bismuth Alloy
Indium Blocks Indium Cubes Indium Foil Indium Ingot
Indium Telluride Sputtering Target Indium Wire Indium(III) Selenide Sputtering Target Iron Acetate
Iron Chromium Aluminum Alloy Iron Chromium Aluminum Powder Iron Disulfide Iron Germanium Alloy
Iron Germanium Alloy Sputtering Target Iron Metal Powder Iron Nickel Alloy Iron Nickel Powder
Iron Silicon Alloy Nanoparticles Iron Silicon Alloy Powder Iron(II,III) Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Iron(II,III) Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Iron(III) Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Iron(III) Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Iron(III) Oxide Nanowires Iron(III) Oxide Powder
Lanthanum Aluminum Alloy Lanthanum Aluminum Foil Lanthanum Aluminum Sputtering Target Lanthanum Disc
Lanthanum Strontium Gallate Magnesite Sputtering Target Lead B-Resorcylate Lead Nitrate Lead Shot
Lithium Fluoride Powder Lithium Manganese Nickel Oxide Lithium Manganese Nickel Oxide Sputtering Target Lutetium Disc
Magnesium Aluminate, Spinel Magnesium Aluminate, Spinel Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Magnesium Aluminum Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Magnesium Aluminum Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Magnesium Oxide Powder Magnesium Powder Magnesium Rod Magnesium Sputtering Target
Manganese Nanoparticle Dispersion Manganese Nanoparticles Molybdenum Blocks Molybdenum Disilicide Heating Elements
Molybdenum Foil Molybdenum Granules Molybdenum Nanoparticle Dispersion Molybdenum Nanoparticles
Molybdenum Pellets Molybdenum Powder Molybdenum Sulfide Molybdenum Tube
Neodymium Disc Nickel Boride Ni2B Nickel Boride Ni2B Sputtering Target Nickel Chromium Alloy
Nickel Chromium Cobalt Alloy Nickel Chromium Cobalt Powder Nickel Chromium Iron Molybdenum Alloy Nickel Chromium Molybdenum Iron Alloy
Nickel Chromium Nanoparticles Nickel Chromium Powder Nickel Molybdenum Alloy Nickel Molybdenum Alloy Sputtering Target
Nickel Nanoparticle Dispersion Nickel Nanoparticles Nickel Nanowires Nickel Powder
Nickel Vanadium Sputtering Target Niobium Disc Niobium Hydride Platinum Powder
Potassium 2-Ethylhexanoate Potassium Carbonate Sputtering Target Potassium Chlorate Potassium Chloride
Potassium Fluoride Potassium Fluoride Sputtering Target Potassium Hexacyanomanganate Potassium Niobate Sputtering Target
Praseodymium Bromide Rubidium Chloride Ruthenium Sputtering Target Ruthenium(III) Acetate
Samarium Cobalt Alloy Scandium Aluminum Alloy Scandium Oxide Powder Scandium(III) Nitrate Hydrate
Selenium Pieces Silicon Carbide Silicon Carbide Powder Silicon Nanoparticle Dispersion
Silicon Nanoparticles Silicon Pieces Silicon Powder Silicon Rod
Silicon Sputtering Target Silver Balls Silver Blocks Silver Cubes
Silver Foil Silver Gold Alloy Silver Gold Alloy Sputtering Target Silver Gold Powder
Silver Nanoparticle Ink Silver Nanoparticles Silver Nanorods Silver Powder
Silver Ribbon Sodium Hexafluorophosphate Stainless Steel Nanoparticles Stainless Steel Powder
Strontium Aluminate Strontium Aluminate Sputtering Target Tantalum Carbide Sputtering Target Tantalum Hydride
Tantalum Metal Tantalum Powder Tellurium Ingot Tin Blocks
Tin Foil Tin Telluride Sputtering Target Titanium Nitride Nanoparticle Dispersion Titanium Nitride Nanoparticles
Titanium Pellets Titanium Phosphide Titanium Powder Titanium Single Crystal
Titanium Wafer Titanium(III) Oxide Powder Tungsten Carbide Powder Tungsten Copper Alloy
Tungsten Copper Alloy Sputtering Target Tungsten Nanoparticle Dispersion Tungsten Nanoparticles Tungsten Sulfide
TZM Molybdenum Alloy Tube Vanadium Powder Vanadium Sputtering Target Yttrium Barium Copper Oxide
Yttrium Oxide Powder Yttrium Powder Zinc Iron Oxide Zinc Iron Oxide Sputtering Target
Zinc Nitride Zinc Nitride Sputtering Target Zinc Oxalate Zinc Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion
Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Zinc Telluride Zirconium Powder