Cryogenic and room temperature strength of sapphire jointed by hydroxide-catalysis bonding
Classical and quantum gravity
S. (2014) Cryogenic and room temperature strength of sapphire jointed by hydroxide-catalysis bonding. Classical and Quantum Gravity, 31 (4). Abstract Hydroxide-catalysis bonding is a precision technique used for jointing components in opto-mechanical systems and has been implemented in the construction of quasi-monolithic silica suspensions in gravitational wave detectors. Future detectors are likely to operate at cryogenic temperatures which will lead to a change in test mass and suspension
... s and suspension material. One candidate material is mono-crystalline sapphire. Here results are presented showing the influence of various bonding solutions on the strength of the hydroxidecatalysis bonds formed between sapphire samples, measured both at room temperature and at 77 K, and it is demonstrated that sodium silicate solution is the most promising in terms of strength, producing bonds with a mean strength of 63 MPa. In addition the results show that the strengths of bonds were undiminished when tested at cryogenic temperatures.