Rubicon to display industry-leading, very large, defect-free sapphire
for optical applications in a wide range of industries
BENSENVILLE, Ill. -- (Business Wire)
Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:RBCN) a leading provider of sapphire
substrates and products to the LED, semiconductor, and optical markets,
today announced that it will showcase its line of optical products for
use in defense
and aerospace, instrumentation
and analytical processing, sensors
and detectors, semiconductor
process equipment, and medical
and laser applications at the Photonics West Exhibition, February
5-7 at The Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. The company will
showcase a very large 12-inch sapphire window in booth #2200 in the
Sapphire is a desirable material for high-performance applications due
to its hardness and strength, transparency in the visible and IR
spectrum, thermal conductivity, thermal shock resistance, abrasion
resistance, high melting point and chemical inertness. As a result, it
is ideally suited for extreme environments where material durability is
just as important as optical clarity.
Rubicon provides a wide range of sapphire products including sapphire
cores, ingots, windows and blanks as well as wafers in 4-inch, 6-inch
and 8-inch diameters. In addition to a very large 12-inch sapphire
window, the company will display its line of optical products including
85 kg boule, sapphire tubes and rods, one small dome, and sapphire
ingots at Photonics West.
Sapphire Applications in Industry
Defense & Aerospace -- Sapphire is used in the defense and aerospace
industries due to its broad transmission range in the UV through IR
spectrum, resistance to scratching and corrosion in sand or salt
environments and impact resistance. Applications include targeting
systems and protected optics for fighter jets, UAVs and helicopters,
FLIRs and Enhanced Vision Systems for aircraft, sensor suites and shaped
optics for land, air and sea vehicles, missile domes, countermeasure
lamps and transparent armor systems.
Instrumentation & Analytical Processing --Sapphire often
replaces quartz and glass to provide longer life in equipment and
consumables. Sapphire's chemical resistance, ability to withstand high
temperature and high pressure, and ability to transmit in UV and IR
ranges make it ideal for applications in instrumentation and analytical
processing such as mass spectrometry, spectrophotometry, digestive
cells, and other analytical applications.
Sensors & Detectors -- Sapphire’s UV and IR transmission properties--in
combination with its ability to withstand harsh chemicals, high
pressures and temperatures--offer strong advantages for fire and IR
detectors, protective windows and thermocouple protection sheaths for
remote sensors, and optics for harsh environments such as oil-well
drilling, chemical processing and other industrial processes.
Semiconductor Process Equipment -- Sapphire’s durability and resistance
to fluorine chemistries and high-temperature process environments up to
2,000°C offer advantages over materials such as quartz, alumina and
other ceramics for semiconductor process equipment. Sapphire often
replaces these materials in process chamber environments.
Medical & Laser -- Sapphire's optical transmission range, durability,
ability to be shaped into sharp-edged products and inertness with human
tissue offer advantages for specific medical laser applications for
dermatology, ophthalmology and dentistry. Sapphire products are also
used for surgical tools, implants, braces and in a variety of windows
for medical equipment such as endoscopes and lasers.
About Rubicon Technology
Rubicon Technology, Inc. is an advanced electronic materials provider
that is engaged in developing, manufacturing and selling monocrystalline
sapphire and other crystalline products for light-emitting diodes
(LEDs), radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs), blue laser diodes,
optoelectronics and other optical applications. The Company applies its
proprietary crystal growth technology to produce very high-quality
sapphire in a form that allows for volume production of various sizes
and orientations of substrates and windows. Rubicon is a
vertically-integrated manufacturer with capabilities in crystal growth,
high precision core drilling, wafer slicing, surface lapping,
large-diameter polishing and wafer cleaning processes, which the Company
employs to convert the bulk crystal into products with the quality and
precision specified by its customers. The Company is the world leader in
larger diameter products to support next-generation LED, RFIC and
optical window applications.
Further information is available at www.rubicon-es2.com.
Garfield Group Public Relations
Beth Hespe, 215-867-8600 x235
Source: Rubicon Technology, Inc.
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