Barium Fluoride is a white or transparent, inorganic chemical compound that can be found in nature as frankdicksonite. It is most well-known for its applications in optical glass manufacturing. Soluble in hydrochloric acid, nitric acid, hydrofluoric acid and
ammonium chloride solution, while only slightly soluble in water.
As an optical material, barium fluoride is one of the fastest scintillators for the detection of high energy particles such as X-rays and gamma rays. Barium fluoride has a lower UV transmittance as well as a lower water and thermal shock resistance than the other optical fluorides. Notably, however, it also has the highest resistance to high-energy radiation. May be used in the manufacturing of: optical glass, fiber optics, optical crystal lenses, laser generator, and fluxes.
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Ceramics, Glass, Glass-optical, Metallurgical