Fused Silica Glass

Fused Silica Glass
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Fused silica is a synthetic amorphous silica glass of the highest purity and one of the most transparent glasses made. The optical and thermal properties of fused silica are superior to other types of glass due to its purity. Its transmission and homogeneity exceed those of crystalline quartz without the problems of temperature instability inherent in the crystalline form.

Fused Silica has a coefficient of thermal expansion six times lower than Borosilicate (Pyrex) glass, which means that as fused silica cools down, it preserves its shape to a high degree of accuracy. This translates into consistent optical performance and unchanging focus over temperature changes.

With its high melting temperature (~1,600 degrees Celsius), a very low coefficient of thermal expansion and resistance to thermal shock, Fused Silica is the material of choice for professional observatories as well as various scientific applications.

Adds the following cost to the telescope base price

PlaneWave Telescope Additional Cost
CDK700 or PW700-RC $10,000
CDK24 or PW24-RC $10,000
CDK20 or PW20-RC $4,500
CDK17 $2,500
CDK14 $1,500
CDK125 500

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