Glasses and Optical Components

Because of their optical, mechanical and thermal properties glasses are widely used. These properties can be adapted to the actual application by a targeted variation in the chemical composition (e.g. by doping with other elements) or by deposition of metal layers. The use of chemically or topographically sensitive analytical methods is very important in these developments, but also in the analysis of failures. Possible areas for the use of these techniques are:

  • Chemical composition of the glass
  • Layer build-up
  • Adhesive properties
  • Efficiency of cleaning steps
  • Glass corrosion
  • Transport residues
  • Stain formation
  • Deposits because of use
  • Defects near the surface
  • ...

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