Accession Number : ADP006428

Title :   Gel-Silica Hybrid Optics,

Corporate Author : FLORIDA UNIV ALACHUA ADVANCED MATERIALS RESEARCH CENTER

Personal Author(s) : Hench, L. L. ; West, J. K. ; Zhu, B. F. ; Ochoa, R.

Report Date : MAR 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : Sol-gel processing is used to make two new types of silica optics, Type V fully dense silica and Type VI optically transparent ultra-porous silica. Type VI silica is an ideal matrix for impregnation with second phases that are optically active, resulting in a hybrid optical material with a unique combination of properties. The processing and characteristics of several hybrid optical devices are discussed including hybrid dye lasers, scintillators and wavelength shifters, transpiration cooled windows, and laser written waveguides. Advantages of the hybrid optical components are discussed along with potential applications.

Descriptors :   *LASERS, *OPTICAL MATERIALS, *OPTICS, DYE LASERS, DYES, GELS, IMPREGNATION, MATERIALS, PROCESSING, TRANSPIRATION, WAVEGUIDES, WINDOWS.

Subject Categories : Optics
      Lasers and Masers

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE