Halide Glasses

  • Alexis G. Clare
  • Peter F. Wachtel
  • J. David MusgravesEmail author
Part of the Springer Handbooks book series (SHB)


Halide glasses, formed from a basis of fluorine, chlorine, bromine, or iodine, are interesting materials because their transparency range can span from the ultraviolet all the way into the infrared portion of the spectrum. Halides are, in general, conditional glass formers, and great experimental care must be taken in producing fully amorphous materials. In addition, because of their more ionic bonding, they exhibit much greater sensitivity to moisture than other glasses.

In this chapter we will begin with a discussion of the differences between ionic and covalent bonding in glassy materials, which is a critical consideration in designing halide glass types, and also provides a strong foundation for understanding their physical and optical properties. Among the halide materials, the main focus in this chapter is the fluoride glasses, which offer the best forming ability and have been the most widely commercialized. The rare earth solubility of halides is discussed in depth, as the halides have historically found some of their greatest use in fiber laser applications.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexis G. Clare
    • 1
  • Peter F. Wachtel
    • 2
  • J. David Musgraves
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Center for Advanced Ceramic TechnologyAlfred UniversityAlfred, NYUSA
  2. 2.Rochester Precision Optics, LLCWest Henrietta, NYUSA
  3. 3.Rochester Precision Optics, LLCWest Henrietta, NYUSA

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