Study of SiO2-PbO-CdO-Ga2O3 glass system for mid-infrared optical elements

Forestier X., Cimek J., Kujawa I., Kasztelanic R., Pysz D., Orliński K., Stępień R., Buczyński R.

Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids

503-504, 2019, 52-61, 10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2018.09.019

Glasses based on SiO2-PbO-CdO-Ga2O3 system have been studied for the first time for fabrication of mid-infrared optical elements. Gallium oxide concentration was gradually increased, replacing silicon dioxide, for different cadmium and lead oxide content. The thermal and optical properties were investigated for different compositions. It was observed that the thermal stability, refractive index, and the transmission in the infrared range increased with increase of gallium and lead concentrations. The most thermally stable glass composition was selected for fabrication of optical elements such as optical fibers. We also successfully fabricated mid-infrared lenses by hot embossing for potential application in compact gas detectors.