Transparent polycrystalline alumina using spark plasma sintering: effect of Mg, Y and La doping
2010 (English)In: Journal of the European Ceramic Society, ISSN 0955-2219, Vol. 30, no 6, 1335-1343 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Transparent polycrystalline alumina (PCA) is a promising replacement for sapphire. Its optical properties however are highly dependent on thegrain size and residual porosity which need to be controlled for real inline transmittances (RIT), that are high enough for possible applications.To achieve high RITs, doping as well as pressure assisted sintering is often used. In this study spark plasma sintering (SPS) and doping areinvestigated. A systematic experimental design is used to study the influence of Mg, Y and La single or co-doping (75–450 ppm) as well as theSPS sintering pressure and temperature on the RIT and grain size of PCA.Using optimized sintering parameters, RITs of >50% were attained in the visible wavelength (640 nm) for 0.8mm thick samples for almost alldoping strategies. The best RIT of 57% was for triple-doped samples at a total dopant level of 450 ppm. These results are significantly better thanpreviously published SPS studies and illustrate that SPS sintered alumina can attain high and reproducible optical transmittances under variousdoping and sintering conditions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 30, no 6, 1335-1343 p.
Al2O3, Sintering, Optical properties, SPS
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-50386DOI: 10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2009.12.001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-50386DiVA: diva2:381241