Introduction


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Introduction
IntroductionThe purpose of this book is to describe the technology developed over 50 years to utilize chalcogenide glasses as infrared optical materials. Chalcogenide glasses are based on the chalcogen elements sulfur, selenium, and tellurium excluding oxygen, the first member of the family. The name is a misnomer since chalcogen is from the Greek meaning chalk former and oxygen is the only member of the family that forms chalk. All its compounds are called oxides. Methods used to identify qualitatively chalcogenide glass compositions with promise to become useful infrared optical materials are discussed. Once identified, the optical and related physical properties must be measured quantitatively. The method best suited for the p…
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A. Ray Hilton; Sid Kemp: Chalcogenide Glasses for Infrared Optics. Introduction, Chapter (McGraw-Hill Professional, 2010), AccessEngineering Export