With a new glass formulation, ChAMP has extended the transmission of high durability non-toxic chalcogenide glasses from the visible to the thermal infrared LWIR band
Images show a thermal LWIR image from 7-14 microns being simultaneously transmitted through the same glass as the visible image. With a glass formulation specifically chosen for its strong covalent bonding this new glass also has a transition temperature of over 450C, more than twice as high as other common chalcognides. This makes extended GLS physically, mechanically and chemically robust and compatible with molding and diamond turning. Opening the way to a new generation of light weight single optic simultaneous multiband visible, short-wave, mid-wave and long-wave imaging camera systems for applications in security, industrial and medical sensing.