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 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 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 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