Accession Number:

ADA023460

Title:

Casting of Halide and Fluoride Alloys for Laser Windows

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

RAYTHEON CO WALTHAM MA RESEARCH DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1976-02-15

Pagination or Media Count:

136.0

Abstract:

The problem of residual strain in castings of alkali halides KCl and SrCl2-doped KCl and alkaline earth fluorides CaF2 and SrF2 has been overcome by the development of proper annealing and slow cooling procedures. Semiquantitative analysis of absorption coefficients and scattering centers produced during improper casting and annealing procedures has shown a corrleation between the two for both the halides at 10 micrometers and fluorides at 5.25 micrometers. Consistently high quality castings of both CaF2 and SrF2 have been fabricated regardless of the starting materials. The dependence of fracture strength on both surface polish and annealing history is evidence that fracture for the fluorides is determined by surface andor edge flaws.

Subject Categories:

  • Lasers and Masers
  • Optics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE