Fused Silica (SiO2) is a synthetic molten, high purity, amorphous, non-crystalline quartz glass with exceptional properties. It is made by melting the purest raw materials and it is used for applications, that require a very good thermal strength or whenever an excellent optical transparency for wavelengths below the visible spectrum is critical. The glass material has an extremely high optical transmissivity for ultraviolet light and is often used for UV-applications. Due to its low coefficient of thermal expansion, quartz glass has a very good thermal shock resistance. The exceptional thermal properties enable fused silica glass to hold up very high thermal loads. Therefore, quartz glass is often used for the fabrication of heat resistant windows, that must withstand operating temperatures of up to 1000 °C without melting. The very high UV-light transparency cannot be outperformed by any other industrial glass material. Likewise, the chemical stability of this unique material is one of the best. Fused Silica is exceedingly resistant against saline solutions, acids and water. Also the high chemical durability against bases is top class and better than it is for most other glass materials. Especially the high temperature resistance and the high grade purity make fused silica a perfect material for many semiconductor applications.
Our quartz glass and fused silica components are fabricated out of large non-crystalline silica glass blocks, called "boules". This raw glass material is ground, polished, shaped and surface finished according to customer's specifications, until finally an optics has emerged from the glass. If required, our UV-grade quartz glass or fused silica can be selected for a low content of inclusions and/or a high refractive index homogeneity and purity. 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 supplier worldwide.
In order to request a quotation for a window or a polished substrate made of our quartz glass with custom dimensions, please use the button below. Please choose UV-grade for a transmission of >80% at 185nm. Choose sight glass grade for applications where ultraviolet transmittance and optical properties are of secondary concern or if you want to use fused silica glass due to its thermal properties only:
Further further detailed specifications such as electrical properties, mechanical strength, impurities, index homogeneity, further optical properties etc for the different grades of the quartz glass and fused silica materials, please use our request form.