Germanium Sputtering Targets
Germanium is known as a hard, lustrous, and brittle metalloid. Metalloid means this chemical element stands between metal and metal elements. This grayish-white element has similar physical properties to silicon. Germanium is a poor electrical conductor but it is a great semiconductor that is mainly used in transistors, integrated circuits, and solar panels. Germanium sputtering targets can increase semiconductor properties for various electronic devices. There is also another application of germanium sputtering targets in optical industries. Germanium has a high refraction index which is a great property for wide-angle camera lenses, and microscopy and other optical devices. Germanium sputtering targets can also be applied to infrared spectroscopes and highly sensitive infrared detectors. Applying germanium sputtering targets to lenses or windows are mostly done to produce infrared optical material for thermal imaging cameras.