Articles written in Bulletin of Materials Science
Volume 18 Issue 5 September 1995 pp 497-501
The present investigation deals with the synthesis of monolithic NiCl2-silica gels obtained by hydrolysis and polycondensation of tetraethoxy silanes. This sol to gel formation can mainly be controlled by adjusting some variables e.g. acid content of the solution, ageing and leaching times. A minimum acid content was found necessary to prepare uncracked gel while ageing and leaching times were found to be not that sensitive for the formation of uncracked gels.
Volume 21 Issue 3 June 1998 pp 227-231
Mixed composition thin films of zinc sulphide-thorium fluoride have been deposited on glass and silicon substrates by thermal evaporation of mixtures of these materials in different proportions, from a single resistively heated source. The films are characterized for their optical properties (refractive index and extinction coefficient), mechanical properties (intrinsic stress), surface morphology and chemical composition. It is found that these films have tailorable refractive indices and low losses, and that films with certain compositions have low intrinsic stress and smooth surface morphology, making them suitable for incorporation in thin film multilayers for use in the near infrared region up to at least 10
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