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Characterization of Optical Materials by Gregory J. Exarhos

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Diamond As an Optical Material

ALBERT FELDMAN, L. H. ROBINS, E. N. FARABAUGH, and D. SHECTMAN

Contents

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Deposition Methods

4.3 Optical Properties of CVD Diamond

4.4 Defects in CVD Diamond

4.5 Polishing CVD Diamond

4.6 X-ray Window

4.7 Summary

4.1   Introduction

The high transmissivity of perfect diamond over extensive regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, in combination with diamond’s great hardness, large abrasion resistance, high thermal conductivity, and chemical inertness, makes diamond a highly desirable optical material. Until recently, the high cost and small dimensions of optical-quality diamond have limited the use of diamond to a few specialized optical applications; the best optical-quality diamond, type ...

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