Autores: Dongtao Jiang|Hulbert, D.M.|Tamburini, U.A.|Ng, T.|Land, D.|Mukherjee, A.K.
Fuente: J. Am. Ceram. Soc.
The spark plasma sintering (SPS) technique was used to produce mid-infrared (IR) transparent alumina with the desired transmittance. An excellent transmittance of 85% has been obtained in a sample sintered at 1300°C for 5 min. The heating rate, sintering time, and annealing have a significant influence on IR transmittance. The improvement in transmission may be attributed to the progressive elimination of residual porosity when applying a slower heating rate, longer sintering time during SPS, and postsinter annealing. It is suggested that localized residual strain/stress at grain boundaries and oxygen vacancy concentration are other factors influencing the optical properties of the SPS-sintered alumina.
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