The grant underpinning the current Chalcogenide Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (ChAMP) is due to finish in early 2021. We are now in final stages of defining a follow-on program of work. Built around the feedback we have received from our many industrial and academic collaborators this will focus on:-
Synthesize of raw materials to atomic level purity at scale.
Enabling highly repeatable bulk glass fabrication including scaling to large format/diameter glass melts.
Innovate new characterisation solutions supporting traceable uniformity and yield over time.
Shaping and forming materials to nanoscale precision with industrially relevant tolerances
Develop precision coatings for protection and functionality
Reproducibility and formation of bulk glass at scale are at the core of our future plans to address the final technical hurdles to widespread adoption of the gallium lanthanum sulphide family of glasses.
We are currently seeking letters of support for this program of work. This support is essential to winning funding for this program of work. Please contact us to discuss support and mechanisms, requirements for letters of support and a summary of our planned program of work.
ChAMP has enabled a dedicated focus on the processing, characterisation and application testing of the gallium lanthanum sulphide and selenide family of glasses. Over 300 next generation chalcogenide samples have been distributed around the world, with moulding, diamond turning and coating demonstrated in collaboration with industry. Infrared transmission has been substantially extended and durability under harsh environmental conditions proven. Most recently major advances have also been made in optical fibre fabrication. If you would like more information on these advances we are happy to share a summary presentation.
ChAMP has demonstrated for the first time fabrication of a core-clad GLS-Se glass-based optical fibre using extrusion. For initial demonstration two glass compositions similar in thermal and mechanical characteristics were chosen, with only a 5wt% difference of Ga2Se3 between core and cladding. Billets of 30mm in diameter and different thicknesses were fabricated using established and repeatable melt quenching process in our facilities
Visit us at Stand 121 Hall B2 at LASER World of Photonics in Munich 24-27 June 2019 to learn more of the latest developments in Chalcogenide glass development including the latest moulded lens samples, progress in optical fibre development and extended infrared transmission.
In response to many requests from optical designers and using the latest visible to infrared index data for GLS glass we are pleased to release the full Sellmeier coefficients for GLS. Use of the following coefficient enables the refractive properties of GLS lenses to be modelled in most common lens design programs.
In partnership with Artemis Optical, anti-reflection coating of GLS chalcogenide glass has been demonstrated. This reduces reflections from GLS glass surfaces to <1%, significantly lower than the ~28% reflection from the uncoated glass that is a result of its high refractive index. with Testing of the coated optics, shows them passing industrial standard adhesion, abrasion and solubility tests without problem and passing humidity and temperature environmental testing.
Initial test were for unoptimized coatings designed for the 3-5micron waveband. Please contact us to discuss collaborations on broader-band and lower loss coatings.
2d-material integration enabled by direct deposition of chalcogenide glass onto graphene is detailed in our latest Nature publication, in collaboration with MIT The deposited chalcogenides can be directly pattered on a variety of 2D materials to simultaneously act as passive light guides, active gates and protect the 2D material without the transfer processes previously used.
A new paper published 27 September 2017 by ChAMP partners from Oxford and Exeter continues the search for new “neuromorphic computing” architectures that mimic the brain’s approach to simultaneous processing and storage of information is intense.
ChAMP is an EPSRC funded partnership between 5 leading universities and 15 industrial partners dedicated to establishing the UK as a world leader in chalcogenide-glass technology through the development of advanced manufacturing techniques and practical application demonstrations