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Laser World of Photonics: Rubicon to Highlight Optical-Grade Sapphire Products

Rubicon Technology, Inc. a leading provider of sapphire substrates and products to the LED, semiconductor, and optical markets, today announced that it will show 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 21st Laser World of Photonics International Trade Fair and Congress for Optical Technologies – Components, Systems and Applications in Munich, Germany on May 13-16, 2013. Rubicon will exhibit its line of optical grade sapphire products in Hall B2, Stand #163.

Sapphire can be used as a component in electro-optic products used to detect or measure the presence or features of light in a number of optical applications. Rubicon provides a wide range of sapphire products that can be integrated into existing opto-electronic applications including sapphire cores, ingots, windows and blanks.

“As opto-electronic technology and applications evolve, the demand for optical-grade, high-quality sapphire has grown,” said Raja M. Parvez, President and CEO, Rubicon Technology. “Based on sapphire’s unique strength and hardness, chemical inertness, and transparency in the visible and IR spectrum, there’s growing interest in using sapphire in products that are used to detect or measure light. Sapphire becomes very desirable in extreme environments such as military and industrial applications where material durability is just as important as optical clarity.”

Until now, existing methods used to produce optical-grade sapphire windows haven’t met demands for thickness and size in certain military and other applications. The company recently developed a new horizontal growth process to produce monolithic sapphire sheets large enough for use in next generation optical windows for military and industrial applications.

Rubicon will have a number of optical sapphire products of different sizes and orientations on display in Hall B2, Stand #163 at Laser World of Photonics, including sapphire cores, ingots, windows, domes and blanks. Rubicon will also be displaying large diameter wafers ranging in size from 4, 6 and 8 inches.


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