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 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 Selenide Sputtering Target
Copper Wire Copper(I) Oxide Dysprosium Disc Dysprosium Fluoride
Dysprosium(III) Bromide Hydrate Gadolinium Disc Gadolinium Powder Gadolinium Rod
Gallium Bromide Gallium Lump Gallium Oxide Powder Gallium 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 Selenide Sputtering Target Indium Telluride Sputtering Target
Indium Wire Iron Acetate Iron Chromium Aluminum Alloy Iron Chromium Aluminum Powder
Iron Disulfide Iron Germanium Alloy 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 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 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