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Germanium Milling Piece Customization

Customization Capabilities:

  • Complex Geometries: We can mill Germanium pieces into intricate shapes and designs, including complex contours, channels, and cavities, to match your exact specifications.
  • Precision Tolerances: Our state-of-the-art milling equipment allows us to achieve tight tolerances on all dimensions, ensuring that each piece meets your precise requirements.
  • Surface Finish: We offer a range of surface finishes, from rough milled to finely polished, to ensure the desired optical and mechanical properties are achieved.
  • Coatings and Treatments: Enhance the durability and performance of your Germanium pieces with specialized coatings such as anti-reflective (AR) and diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings, as well as other custom treatments.

Original price was: $100.00.Current price is: $50.00.

Description

Welcome to our Germanium Milling Piece Customization service, where we specialize in creating high-precision Germanium components tailored to meet the unique needs of your application. Our advanced milling capabilities ensure that each piece is manufactured to the highest standards of quality and accuracy, suitable for a variety of high-tech industries.

Key Products:

  • Optical Components: Custom-milled Germanium lenses, mirrors, and windows for infrared (IR) and laser applications, offering high precision and superior performance.
  • Mechanical Components: Germanium parts designed for high-precision mechanical applications in scientific, medical, and industrial equipment.
  • Custom Prototypes: Prototyping services for Germanium components, allowing for testing and validation before full-scale production.

Applications:

  • Infrared Optics: Germanium is ideal for IR optics, including thermal imaging systems, night vision devices, and IR spectroscopy.
  • Laser Systems: High-power laser applications benefit from Germanium’s thermal properties and high resistance to thermal shock.
  • Medical Devices: Custom-milled Germanium components are used in various medical imaging and diagnostic devices that rely on infrared technology.
  • Aerospace and Defense: Germanium milling pieces are used in advanced surveillance, targeting systems, and other critical defense applications.
  • Industrial Equipment: Precision Germanium components enhance the performance and reliability of industrial machinery and instruments.

Why Choose Our Germanium Milling Piece Customization Service?

  • Expertise: Our team of experienced engineers and technicians specializes in the precise milling of Germanium, ensuring high-quality results for every project.
  • Quality Assurance: We implement rigorous quality control measures to ensure that every Germanium piece meets or exceeds industry standards.
  • Advanced Technology: Our facility is equipped with the latest milling technology, enabling us to produce highly accurate and consistent components.
  • Collaborative Approach: We work closely with our clients to understand their specific needs and provide customized solutions that deliver superior performance.

Ordering Process:

  1. Consultation: Contact us to discuss your specific requirements and project details.
  2. Design and Prototyping: Our engineers will design your custom Germanium milling pieces using advanced CAD software and create prototypes for evaluation.
  3. Manufacturing: Once the design is approved, we will manufacture the pieces using our precision milling equipment.
  4. Quality Inspection: Each piece undergoes thorough quality inspection to ensure it meets your specifications.
  5. Delivery: We will ship your custom Germanium milling pieces, ensuring they arrive safely and on time.

Contact Us: To learn more about our Germanium customization services or to start your project, please contact us at:

Experience the excellence of customized Germanium milling pieces with Shape Optics, where precision meets performance.

Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 12 × 10 × 8 cm

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General Specification
  • Material: Optical-Grade Monocrystalline Germanium ( resistivity of 5-40 ohm cm)
  • Diameter: Ranges from 12mm to 380mm
  • Length: Customizable
  • Electrical Resistivity: From 0.005Ω to 50Ω/cm
  • Crystal Purity: Between 99.999% and 99.9999%
  • Surface Roughness: From Ramax 0.2μm to 4.0μm
  • Refractive Index at 10.6μm: 4.0052
  • Absorbance at 10.6μm: ≤0.035
  • Thickness Tolerance: ± 0.10mm
  • Diameter Tolerance: +0.00/-0.05mm
  • Edge Finish: Finely ground
  • Surface Quality: 60/40 Scratch/Dig
  • Surface Flatness: ≤ 5 Fringes at 633nm
  • Parallelism: ≤ 3 Arc minutes
  • Orientation: <111>
  • Transmission Range: Covers IR wavelengths from 3 to 14 microns
  • Coating Specification: Upon Request, Anti-Reflective/Diamond-Like Carbon (AR/DLC)
  • Coating: AR coated from 3-14 microns, or DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) in black/dark grey colour, with average transparency (Tavg) greater than 80%
  • Double-sided Anti-Reflective coating with an average transparency (Tavg) greater than 85%
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Here is the clearer plot of the typical transmission curve for a 1mm thick Germanium (mono-crystalline) window. The graph shows a sharp increase to 50% transmission starting from 2 µm and remains constant through 16 µm. This graph provides a visual representation of how the transmission behaves across the specified wavelength range.

Germanium Physical Properties

This table details various physical properties of the material, which could include mechanical, thermal, and electrical characteristics, relevant for applications that require precise material specifications.

the refractive index of a material Germanium

This table provides the refractive index of a material over the wavelength range from 2 micrometres to 14 micrometres, useful for applications requiring optical properties data at different IR spectrums.

optical characteristics of Germanium

This table presents various optical characteristics, including transmission spectrum, refractive index, and optical transmittance, which are crucial for understanding the performance of optical materials in specific applications, especially those involving precise wavelength requirements.

Shape Optics Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) Coated Germanium Windows are crafted for robustness and longevity. These windows are equipped with a high-efficiency broadband anti-reflection coating on one side and a durable DLC coating on the opposite side, ensuring outstanding transmission and resistance to environmental conditions. The DLC-coated surface is engineered to endure extreme temperature fluctuations ranging from -80 to +160°F, continuous exposure to salt spray for 24 hours, salt solubility during a 24-hour immersion, and up to 5,000 wiper oscillations with a sand and slurry mixture. Moreover, ShapeOptics DLC Coated Germanium Windows comply with the MIL-C-675C standards for severe abrasion resistance.

Shape Optics offers Germanium (Ge) Windows with three options for anti-reflection coatings to cater to different infrared (IR) applications: a 3 – 5μm coating for mid-infrared use, a 3 – 12μm coating for broadband multispectral applications, and an 8 – 12μm coating for thermal imaging systems. Given germanium’s high index of refraction, approximately 4.0 across the 2 – 14μm wavelength range, applying an anti-reflection coating is crucial for achieving adequate transmission within the desired spectral region.

3 - 5μm coating for mid-infrared of Germanium

Typical transmission of a 3mm thick Ge window with BBAR (3000-5000nm) coating at 0° AOI. It indicates the coating design wavelength range, with the following specification: Ravg <3% @ 3000 - 5000nm

3mm thick Ge window

Typical transmission of a 3mm thick Ge window with BBAR (3000-12000nm) coating at 0° AOI. It indicates the coating design wavelength range, with the following specification: Ravg <5.0% @ 3 - 12μm

3mm thick Ge window with BBAR (8000-12000nm)

Typical transmission of a 3mm thick Ge window with BBAR (8000-12000nm) coating at 0° AOI. It indicates the coating design wavelength range, with the following specification: Ravg <3.0% @ 8 - 12μm

Germanium is prone to thermal runaway, a condition where its transmission efficiency declines as temperatures rise. Therefore, it is recommended to operate Shape Optics Germanium Windows at temperatures below 100°C to maintain optimal performance. Additionally, with a high density of 5.33 g/cm³, germanium windows should be carefully integrated into designs where weight sensitivity is a factor.

The material’s Knoop Hardness, at 780, is roughly double that of magnesium fluoride, making germanium windows exceptionally suitable for demanding IR applications where durable optics are essential.

  • Adhesion Test Compliant with MIL-C-675C military standards, an adhesion test involved applying a tape that meets LT-90 specifications onto the lens film layer. The tape was affixed fully and then removed vertically. This procedure was performed three times, resulting in no blistering or peeling.
  • Temperature Test In line with MIL-C-675C specifications, test pieces were subjected to temperatures of -62±1℃ and 71±1℃. After maintaining them at room temperature (16℃~32℃) for two hours, the adhesion test was repeated, confirming no film detachment.
  • Abrasion Resistance Test Conforming to MIL-C-675C and CCC-C-440 standards, the abrasion resistance test involved a gauze tester applying a minimum force of 1.0 lbs (0.45 kg) to the film. This was repeated 25 times with gauze widths of 1/4 inch (6.4mm) and 3/8 inch (9.5mm), ensuring no damage occurred to the film surface.
  • Humidity Test Under MIL-C-675C criteria, the test piece was placed in a controlled temperature and humidity chamber set to 49 ±2℃ and 95%~100% humidity for 24 hours. The film remained intact, with no peeling, scratches, or other defects.
  • Solvent and Cleaning Testing Following MIL-C-675C specifications, test pieces were exposed to room temperature conditions (16℃~32℃) and tested with acetone and alcohol for at least 10 minutes each. After air drying and subsequent cleaning with a cotton cloth soaked in alcohol, the film surface showed no signs of peeling or scratches.
  • Salt Spray Test After 100 hours in a 35°C environment with a 5% saltwater concentration, the film showed no signs of damage.

Polycrystalline Germanium:

  • Structure: Made up of many small crystalline grains or crystals, each with a different orientation.
  • Production: Easier and cheaper to produce compared to monocrystalline germanium.
  • Efficiency: Generally less efficient in electronic and photovoltaic applications because grain boundaries can scatter charge carriers, reducing their mobility.
  • Applications: Often used in less demanding electronic applications, such as infrared optics, and in some solar cells.

Monocrystalline Germanium:

  • Structure: Consists of a single, continuous crystal lattice with no grain boundaries.
  • Production: More difficult and expensive to produce as it requires precise control of the crystal growth process.
  • Efficiency: Higher efficiency in electronic and photovoltaic applications due to fewer defects and better charge carrier mobility.
  • Applications: Preferred for high-performance applications, such as in high-speed transistors, and high-efficiency solar cells.
P-Type Polycrystalline Germanium Window 11
P-Type Polycrystalline Germanium Window 16

N-type Germanium:

  • Doping: Doped with elements that have more valence electrons than germanium (group V elements like phosphorus, arsenic, or antimony).
  • Charge Carriers: The majority charge carriers are electrons.
  • Behavior: When an electric field is applied, electrons move towards the positive terminal, making it a negative type (N-type) semiconductor.
  • Applications: Used in various electronic components, including diodes, transistors, and integrated circuits.

P-type Germanium:

  • Doping: Doped with elements that have fewer valence electrons than germanium (group III elements like boron, gallium, or indium).
  • Charge Carriers: The majority charge carriers are holes (the absence of an electron).
  • Behavior: When an electric field is applied, holes move towards the negative terminal, making it a positive type (P-type) semiconductor.
  • Applications: Also used in electronic components, often in conjunction with N-type materials to create P-N junctions, which are essential for diodes, transistors, and solar cells.
  • Comparison of P-type and N-type Semiconductors:

    FeatureP-typeN-type
    Dopant ElementsBoron, Gallium, IndiumPhosphorus, Arsenic, Antimony
    Majority Charge CarriersHolesElectrons
    Direction of Current FlowHoles move to negative terminalElectrons move to positive terminal