Sapphire optics and sapphire custom shapes, including sapphire balls, sapphire lenses, sapphire prisms and mechanical parts have a unique place in the optical world. Sapphire lens, ball lens and prisms exhibit excellent performance in many applications that require extreme machinery, optical, thermal and chemical robustness.
Sapphire Optical products such as sapphire ball lens also have excellent transmission bandwidth, which will be well transmitted to UV and IR; more widely than most common lens materials.
Why do Sapphire Optical Accessories Have Such High Performance?
Sapphire lens can be exposed to extreme abrasives, such as sand and granules, with the slightest effect on the optical clarity. This makes sapphire an ideal material for various applications, such as aerospace, downhole and drilling vision systems, inspection windows, watch crystals, etc. Sapphire lenses and sapphire prisms can withstand extreme pressure which is not found in other optical materials, making them ideal for high pressure vessels, deep sea windows and observation mirrors. Combining the excellent thermal and chemical properties of sapphire, sapphire lenses are ideal for deep sea and device sensors under pressure.
Sapphire is an Extremely Hard Substance
Sapphire comes just next to diamonds in the Mohs scale of hardness with a hardness factor of 9. Being an extremely hard substance, resistant to scratch, it can be used at places where there is a need for hard substances, such as in water jet cutting nozzles.
Sapphire is found naturally as a stone and is quite an expensive material. However, it can also be produced synthetically. Synthetically produced sapphire is free from contaminants and is of a single crystal form. All sapphire optical products are produced from this synthetic sapphire, which gives the products extreme robustness and durability.
Sapphire Transmits Light from Below 190 nm to more than 5 microns
Sapphire optical lenses are ideal optical materials for many UV and IR applications because it can transmit light in the UV and IR wavelengths. With its thermal and chemical robustness, a sapphire window continues to transmit at extreme temperatures, which is much larger than any other material, and continues to transmit high power UV, visible and IR for many years, with no downgrade.
These properties make it an ideal material for IR monitoring and broadband detection devices (particularly when involving abrasives). The sapphire window is an ideal material that is thermally robust. They have passed the extensive temperatures of up to 2000 ° C with no issues. This makes the sapphire window an ideal display window material for furnaces and high temperature processing equipment. Typical applications that require blue light lenses and transparent tools are sapphire custom shapes. They are used for medical and dental tools that require UV sterilization, and infrared heat treatment.
Sapphire is very heat resistant and very strong. Combined with very high chemical resistance, sapphire ball lenses, prisms, and other sapphire optics are ideal materials for extreme environments.
Ultimately, sapphire optics are highly chemical and plasma resistant. Sapphire is an ideal plasma-resistant material for any plasma processing system, including plasma chambers and plasma viewport applications. Only hot caustic salts can etch sapphire lenses. All other solvents, acids, and caustic alkalis do not affect sapphire (including molten metals). This property enables safe, chemically pure handling, observation, and processing methods. Sapphire optics and windows are chemically and biologically inert, making them ideal materials for medical, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, and other applications where purity and integrity are important factors.