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Effect of Batch-to-Batch Variability on the Phase Transition of Precipitated Erbium-Doped Alumina Particles

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Technical Report,01 Oct 2015,01 Sep 2017

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US Army Research Laboratory Aberdeen Proving Ground United States

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Alumina Al2O3, aluminum oxide is an excellent candidate as an optical material for laser gain media due to its high thermal conductivity. However, a rare earth RE cation dopant is necessary for the material to lase. To combat the dopant issue, nanosized alumina particles were synthesized via co-precipitation to trap RE ions in the alumina lattice before calcination. The wet co-precipitation process allowed for high purity and homogeneous distribution of the RE ions within the particles. A common issue with laboratory-scale synthesis is batch-to-batch variability. The reproducibility of the precipitated powder was investigated by holding the synthesis conditions constant. Variability of the phase transition temperature of alumina powder was tracked between batches, and showed a less than 1 difference in the transition temperature for gamma-alumina, as determined by high-temperature differential scanning calorimetry HT-DSC.

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  • Inorganic Chemistry

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