Material Growth

IIVI Aerospace & Defense is the industry leader in production of infrared optical crystals and other specialty materials. II-VI Aerospace & Defense is one of the foremost manufacturers of germanium products for military infrared applications.

Materials are the Core Building Blocks of our Corporation:

  • Ceramic Yag; Ceramics Center of Excellence
  • YAG; YLF
  • KNbO3:Fe
  • SiC and AlSiC Casting Facility
  • Single Crystal SiC
  • Diamond Growth Facility
  • Thermo Electrics
  • MS ZnS, ZnS and ZnSe Growth Facilities
  • Sapphire Growth Facility
  • Germanium Growth
  • UV and Chalcogenide Glass
  • Ceramic Radomes
  • LO Films

Strategic Materials Foundry

The II-VI Aerospace & Defense Strategic Materials Foundry produces a wide variety of materials with unparalleled quality that are utilized in a broad range of applications. With an experienced staff of material, scientists, physicists, process engineers and operations personnel, the Foundry is able to deliver dependable products in volume as well as develop new materials to support emerging applications. II-VI Aerospace & Defense assures that each crystal will perform to customer specifications and maintains traceability on all materials produces from the raw powders to the finished laser components.

Growth Capabilities

Various growth techniques such as Czochralski (CZ), Bridgeman, Solution and Top Seeded are utilized to grow a wide array of materials. II-VI Aerospace & Defense has over 70 growth stations and a focused Foundry team that enable II-VI Aerospace & Defense to grow the finest crystals in the world.

Materials Produced by II-VI Aerospace & Defense:

Accurate fluorescence lifetime testing, precision Nd concentration measurement, broad-band transmission spectroscopy and active laser testing assures that each crystal will meet or exceed customer specifications.