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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 Oakridge for testing. The results of the tests are proprietary to ORNL and the U.S. Air Force.

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