I would be interested in the diamond windows (depending on how big those 4 numbers are....). Can
you recommend a supplier?
Dave Mattey wrote:
> Have you considered using CVD diamond for a CO2 laser window? It is the
> perfect solution (other than price) for laser fluorination as diamond is
> obviously very tough, transparent to a wide range of wavelengths (>70% at
> 10.6 micron), thermally highly conductive (hence immune from laser damage),
> and totally inert to fluorine or BrF5.
> We have used a 30mm diameter window (c. 0.5mm thick) now for nearly five
> years and the window requires only an occasional wipe or rinse for cleaning
> between runs. The downside is that diamond is elastomer-philic and sticks
> like .... , well it forms a very good vacuum seal!
> Our experience with BaF2, like others, was a story of continual laser damage
> and frosting over between runs, requiring repeated repolishing or
> replacement. After switching to CVDD, blanks diminished, pumpout times were
> faster and the window remains clear for an entire run.
> Oh, and the cost I hear you ask... Prices have fallen dramatically as CVD
> production technology improves but you are looking at a four figure sum.
> The all round improvement to performance is nevertheless worth considering.
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> On 29/11/01 3:42 am, "Kevin Faure" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > Dear Listmembers
> > I am tossing-up the idea whether to buy ZnSe or BaF2 windows for our
> > CO2 laser-BrF5 extraction system. It is apparent that ZnSe has
> > several advantages over BaF2, but a little more costly. However,
> > scanning the Isogeochem archives I note that Torsten Venneman
> > commented that the ZnSe should be coated. Is this coating for
> > reflectivity or for chemical resistance to the BrF5? If anyone has
> > experience with this I would appreciate comments on what type of
> > coating is needed.
> > Thank you.
> > Kevin
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> > Rafter Laboratory
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Dr. Greg B. Arehart
Department of Geological Sciences, MS-172
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557-0138
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