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Quartz Glass, UV-Grade Fused Silica

Synthetic quartz glass with high ultraviolet transmission

Special Properties

  • Low coefficient of thermal expansion
  • Enormous operating temperature range
  • UV-quality glass with outstanding ultraviolet light transmittance)
  • Very good temperature shock resistance
  • High purity glass material
  • Low fluorescence
  • High chemical resistance
  • Completely free of soda

Typical Applications

  • UV-transparent optics
  • Windows used for high temperatures
  • UV-measurement technology
  • Glass substrates for thin film coatings
  • Optical windows used for ultraviolet applications
  • Optics for space technology
  • Semiconductor industry applications
  • Cover slips & microscope slides with high ultraviolet permeability

What is synthetic quartz glass and what is it used for?

Fused Silica (SiO2) is a synthetic molten, high purity, amorphous, non-crystalline quartz glass material with exceptional technical properties which is made by melting utmost pure ingredients. The material can be used for applications that require Fused Silica windowa very good thermal strength and an excellent optical transmission of wavelengths below the visible spectrum. The very high UV-transparency cannot be outperformed by any other industrial glass material.

Excellent thermal properties enable fused silica to hold up very strong thermal loads and allow a very high operating temperature. In addition, the low coefficient of thermal expansion of quartz glass offers a very good thermal shock resistance. Hence, amorphous quartz is often used for the fabrication of heat resistant windows, that must withstand high temperatures of up to 1000 °C without melting or breaking. Likewise, the superb chemical stability of quartz glass is one of the best. It is extremely resistant against saline solutions, acids and water. The high chemical durability of quartz glass against bases is top class. Its chemical resistivity is much higher than that of most other glass materials. Particularly the high operating temperature range and the high grade of purity, make quartz glass a perfect material choice for various semiconductor applications and for the production of semiconductor devices.

From raw fused silica glass blocks to quartz glass optics

Most of our quartz glass components are fabricated out of large, non-crystalline fused silica glass block glass materials. Such a glass block is called a "quartz glass boule". This pure raw fused silica material is ground, polished, shaped and surface finished according to customer's specifications, until finally optics have emerged from the raw glass block. If required, our UV-grade quartz glass can be selected for a low content of inclusions and/or a high refractive index homogeneity. We are processing many different available quartz, fused silica or fused quartz raw glass materials with different properties from nearly any well-known raw glass manufacturer worldwide (Corning, Heraeus, Tosoh, SCHOTT, Saint Gobain, GE Quartz etc) and we make all kinds of window optics, wafers or substrates out of these different material grades.


In order to request a quotation for quartz glass slides, windows or polished fused silica substrates at custom dimensions, please use the button below. Please choose UV-grade glass for a transmission of >80% at 185nm. Choose sight glass grade for applications whenever ultraviolet transmittance and optical properties are of secondary concern or in case you want to use quartz glass due to its thermal properties only:


Quotation for UV-grade quartz glass

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48-h Express Service available
(0,3 ; 0,5 ; 1,0 ; 2,0 and 3,0mm glass thickness)

 

Quotation for sight glass quality quartz

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48-h Express Service available
(1,0 ; 2,0 and 3,0mm glass thickness only)

 

Specifications


Transmittance of fused silica

Typical transmittance of quartz glass / fused silica

Optical Transmission

  • T > 80% at 185nm (only UV-grade quartz glass)
  • Transmissivity of non-UV-grade material on request

Refractive Index

  • nd = 1,45846

Density

  • 2,20 g/cm3

Homogeneity

  • Homogeneity specifications per request
  • Index homogeneities down to ≤ 0,5ppm possible
    on request

Inclusion Classes

Average Coefficient of Thermal Expansion

  • approximately 0,57 x 10-6/K

Thermal Properties

  • Softening point approximately 1585 °C
  • Annealing point approximately 1042 °C
  • Strain point approximately 893 °C

For further detailed specifications, such as electrical properties, mechanical strength, impurities, index homogeneity, additional technical properties etc for the different grades of the quartz glass and fused silica materials or for information about special grades for semiconductor applications, please use our request form.


All given details and specifications are mean reference values and are not guaranteed. In addition, please consider our "Notes on technical specifications"