Chapter 1. Synthesis and Properties of Erbium Oxide Single Crystals

  1. Ersan Ustundag and
  2. Gary Fischman
  1. J. J. Petrovic,
  2. R. S. Romero,
  3. D. Mendoza,
  4. A. M. Kukla,
  5. R. C. Hoover and
  6. K. J. McClellan

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470294567.ch1

23rd Annual Conference on Composites, Advanced Ceramics, Materials, and Structures : A: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 20, Issue 3

23rd Annual Conference on Composites, Advanced Ceramics, Materials, and Structures : A: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 20, Issue 3

How to Cite

Petrovic, J. J., Romero, R. S., Mendoza, D., Kukla, A. M., Hoover, R. C. and McClellan, K. J. (1999) Synthesis and Properties of Erbium Oxide Single Crystals, in 23rd Annual Conference on Composites, Advanced Ceramics, Materials, and Structures : A: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 20, Issue 3 (eds E. Ustundag and G. Fischman), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470294567.ch1

Author Information

  1. Group MST-8, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1999

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470375631

Online ISBN: 9780470294567

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Keywords:

  • stability;
  • corrosion;
  • erbium oxide;
  • floating;
  • indentation

Summary

Erbium oxide (Er2O3, erbia) is a highly stable cubic rare earth oxide with a high melting point of 2430 °C. Because of this, it may have potential applications where high temperature stability and corrosion resistance are required. However, relatively little is known about the properties of this oxide ceramic. We have employed a xenon optical floating zone unit with a temperature capability of 3000 °C to grow high quality single crystals of erbia. The conditions for single crystal growth of erbia have been established. The mechanical properties of erbia single crystals have been initially examined using microhardness indentation as a function of temperature.