Application of transparent polycrystalline body with high ultraviolet transmittance
Patent 4983555 Issued on January 8, 1991. Estimated Expiration Date: April 22, 2008. Estimated Expiration Date is calculated based on simple USPTO term provisions. It does not account for terminal disclaimers, term adjustments, failure to pay maintenance fees, or other factors which might affect the term of a patent.
A transparent polycrystalline body having high ultraviolet transmissivity is provided. The body is preferably a sintered magnesia-alumina spinel body having a transmittance of at least 85 percent in the wavelength range from 0.4 microns to 0.8 microns and a transmittance at some wavelength in the wavelength range between about 0.2 and about 0.4 microns of at least about 86 percent and a porosity of less than about 0.001 percent. The sintered body is produced by a two-step method comprising forming a closed porosity body from a spinel powder and subjecting the closed porosity body to a hot isostatic pressure treatment. The resulting body has high transmissivity of electromagnetic radiation in the range between about 0.2 microns and about 6 microns, is resistant to abrasion or erosion, does not substantially deteriorate after exposure to ultraviolet light, and has high strength. A number of applications of the magnesia-alumina spinel body are disclosed for which the material is advantageous.
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