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 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 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 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 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 Hexacyanomanganate Potassium Niobate Sputtering Target Praseodymium Bromide Rubidium Chloride
Ruthenium Acetate Ruthenium Sputtering Target 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 Powder Silver Nanoparticle Ink Silver Nanoparticles Silver Nanorods
Silver Powder Silver Ribbon Sodium Hexafluorophosphate Stainless Steel Nanoparticles
Stainless Steel Powder Strontium Aluminate 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 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 Nitride Zinc Nitride Sputtering Target
Zinc Oxalate Zinc Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Zinc Telluride
Zirconium Powder