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AOA Xinetics’ expansion of its silicon carbide facility now means that lightweight optics and precision structures in the 1.5-meter class are possible. CERAFORM Silicon Carbide provides a superior combination of material properties and forming technologies. High specific stiffness, lightweight designs, and low inertia, previously possible only in beryllium, are now possible in a material which exhibits the thermal performance of the low expansion glasses.

Recent thermal strain data taken from 5 to 300 Kelvin show CERAFORM Silicon Carbide to be thermally stable to 20 ppb. Recent processing breakthroughs attained the fabrication of meter class mirrors with areal densities of 5 kg/m2. CERAFORM Silicon Carbide can be directly polished to <10 Angstroms rms surface finish and with figures better than 1/10 PV. AOA Xinetics also uses the CERAFORM casting process for complex mechanical structures.

CERAFORM Silicon Carbide 

Silicon Carbide

AOA Xinetics’ expansion of its silicon carbide facility now means that lightweight optics and precision structures in the 1.5-meter class are possible.