Synthetic Sapphire and Ruby

Synthetic sapphire and ruby

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The sapphire is a single crystal rhombohedral struture made of Aluminum Oxide (Al203).

The synthetic industrial sapphire/ruby is obtained from the controlled fusion of this very fine powder (Al203) in special ovens at a temperature of 2040 °C.
When heated to this temperature the powder melts and can then be formed into a single crystal (boule) of such extreme hardness ( 9 Mohs st ), that it is second
only to diamond and which can be precision fabricated to meet all possible needs.

Several crystal growth methods exist, each having differing results in quality, size and costs.

This material has exactly the same chemical and physical properties as the best quality aluminum ceramics, for example in resistance to abrasion, corrosion and high temperature.
Whatsmore the single crystal structure allows for a very high grade of finish and exact precision fabrication even at the smallest dimensions.

The synthetic industrial ruby is made when this very same material is doped with a small concentrate of chromium (Cr), typically in the range of 0.05%, which produces shades of red without effecting the mechanical properties in any way.

Take a look at the table for more technical information.

Properties       Unit
Formula Al2O3 (Ruby Al2O3/Cr2O3)
Composition Gew.% 99.99 (Ruby 99/1)
Density g/cm3 3.99
Hardness HV 2300
Compression strength MPa 2100
Bending strength Mpa 400-700
Fracture toughness K1c MN/m3_2 1
Modulus of elasticity Gpa 430
Coefficient of thermal expansion 10-6/K 5,4
Thermal conductivity W/mK 36
Specific heat J/kgK 755
Dielectric strength Ac V/mil 1200
Dielectric constant @ 1 Mhz 9.3-11.5
Birefringence No-Ne 0.008
Transmission band µm 0.3-5.0 wavelength (>80% transmission)
Maximum use temperature in air °C 1800
Melting point °C 2040
Chemical resistance acids/bases excellent/good