Novel and Compound Glass

Equipment

  • High Purity Tube Furnaces

  • Sealed Ampoule Techniques

  • Conventional Melt Quench

Thin film fabrication

Potential uses:

  • Wavelength filters and multiplex
  • All optical switching
  • Waveguide lasers
  • Memory devices
  • Reconfigurable circuits
  • Micro resonators
  • Photonic crystals
  • Plasmonics
New glass for emerging applications
  • Furnaces

    • Wide range of horizontal and vertical tube furnaces, chamber furnaces, high and low temperature ovens, vacuum processing
    • Processing in dry nitrogen, argon, oxygen, SF6, hydrogen and hydrogen sulphide
    • Speciality heating including rapid thermal annealing and RF induction
Other processing equipment
  • Hot Press

  • Cutting and Polishing

  • Ball Milling

  • Mixing

  • Vacuum Processing

  • Plasma Asher

Key thermal measurements
  • Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA)

    measures the change in mass of a sample as the sample is heated, cooled or held at a constant (isothermal) temperature.

  • Thermomechanical Analyzer (TMA)

    measures dimension changes of a sample (such as expansion or contraction) as a function of temperature, time and force applied to the sample.

Glass extrusion and pressing equipment
  • Testometric Extrusion Equipment

    • Loads of up to 100kN can be applied
    • Speeds from 0.010mm/minute to 300mm/minute
    • Range of Test Protocols Available
    • Extrusion of Cylindrical Preforms, with Complex Geometries possible, currently up to 16mm OD & 1000mm length, depending upon geometry
    • Process Temperatures currently up to 660oC
  • Hydraulic Extrusion Equipment

    • Loads of up to 85kN can be applied
    • Constant Pressure Control
    • Extrusion of Cylindrical Preforms, with Complex Geometries possible, currently up to 16mm OD & 1000mm length, depending upon geometry
    • Process Temperatures currently up to 660oC