Overall Aspects of Non-Traditional Glasses: Synthesis, Properties and Applications

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The considerable proliferation of new glasses during the second half of the 20th century (germanate, vanadate, bismuthate, tellurite, chalchogenide glasses, etc.) brought about the use the plural ...
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Heavy Metal Fluoride Glasses

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M. Clara Gonçalves


In 1975, a new class of glass materials based on ZrF4 was accidentally discovered in the University of Rennes. This new family of synthetic halide glasses exhibited an exceptional wide transmission window ranging from ~ 0.2 m in the UV until ~ 7.6 m in the IR, making them a first choice for military and intelligence optical fibers, during several decades. Heavy metal fluoride glasses structure and properties are revised and discussed in this chapter.


Heavy metal fluoride glasses (HMFG), fluorozirconate glasses, fluorohafnate glasses, fluoride glasses, halide glasses, ZBLA, ZBN, ZBLAN.


de Engenharia Química, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal.