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A comparison of the laser emission spectrum between standard commercial material (top) and the HIP material (bottom).The two graphs have the same laser power (area under the curves) and the HIP material is spectrally much, much brighter. (Graphic courtesy of Air Force Technology Transfer Program Office)

New method of producing optical materials reduces cost, improves performance

Scientists at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base have developed a new method that uses hot isostatic pressing (HIP) to drive the diffusion of transition metal ions...