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ZERODUR® Transparent Glass Ceramic

Glass ceramic with zero expansion

Special Properties

  • Ultra low expansion over a wide temperature range
  • High material homogeneity and purity
  • High operating temperature
  • High CTE homogeneity
  • Very good chemical stability

Typical Applications

  • Ultra precision optics
  • Mirror substrates for large astronomical telescopes
  • Mirror substrates for X-ray telescopes
  • Optical elements for comet probes
  • Ring laser gyroscopes
  • Space technology applications
  • Standards for precision measurement technology
  • Lightweight honeycomb mirror optics supporter

ZERODUR® glass ceramic made by SCHOTT is an inorganic, non-porous material, made by a process of controlled volume crystallization. It contains a crystallized phase and a rest glass phase which together define the unique properties of this exceptional material. Unlike most other glass ceramic materials, ZERODUR® has an extremely low coefficient of expansion (CTE), which even can become zero or slightly negative in some temperature ranges. Another unique characteristic of ZERODUR® low expansion glass ceramic is its exceptional good homogeneity. Even in large material blocks, the fluctuations of mechanical and thermal properties are nearly not measurable. A good transparency in the range of about 400-2.300nm allows a verification of the inner quality of ZERODUR®. Therefore it can be ensured, that if required, neither bubbles nor inclusions in ZERODUR® glass ceramic are undetected. ZERODUR® can be used as a substrate for high quality optics for various high-end applications in science and industry.

Finished block of ZERODUR® glass ceramic

ZERODUR® glass block with drilled holes

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Specifications of ZERODUR®



  • Typical transmission of ZERODUR®
  • Refractive index nd = 1,5424 (587,6nm)
  • Abbe number: vd = 56,1
  • Stress optical coefficient K: 3,0 x 10-6 MPa-1
    (at 589,3nm)


  • Density: 2,53 g/cm3
  • Young's Modulus: 90,3 Gpa (mean value)
  • Poisson's ratio: 0,24
  • Knoop hardness : 620 ((HK 0,1/20 ; ISO 9385)


  • Coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE):
  • Total change of length (-50 to +100 °C):
    • < 10 x 10-6/K per length of the part
  • Recommended cooling rate for applications in
    the 130-320 °C range:
    • Small changes of the CTE might occur, if ZERODUR® is cooled down from an operating temperature between 130-320 °C to room temperatuture at a cooling rate that deviates from the cooling rate used during the production of ZERODUR®. The initial cooling rate during production is between 1°/h and 6°/h. A factor of 10 difference between the production cooling rate and the application's cooling rate may result in a permanent change of the CTE of 0,025 10-6/K.
  • Max. operating temperature:
    • 600 °C
  • Thermal conductivity:
    • 1,46 W/(m x K) (at 20°C)
  • Thermal diffusivity index:
    • 0,72 x 10-6 m2/s (at 20°C)
  • Heat capacity:
    • 0,80 J/(g x K) (at 20°C)


Hydrolytic Resistance
  • (ISO 719) HGB 1
Alkali resistance
  • (ISO under construction) Class 1.0
Acid Resistance
  • (ISO 8424) Class 1.0

Stain resistance

  • Class 0


Electrical resistivity (at 20 °C)

  • 2,6 x 10-13 (Ohm x cm)
Dielectric Constant
  • 8,0 (1kHz)
  • 7,4 (1 MHz)
Loss Factor tan d
  • 29 x 10-3 (1kHz)
  • 15 x 10-3 (1 MHz)


Surface Quality

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