Cleveland Crystals, Inc. (CCI) traces its roots back to the Brush Development Company, Clevite and Gould. At these locations, the founders of CCI developed crystal growth techniques for military applications such as sonar and missile domes. In 1973, this group of individuals combined their technical expertise to form Cleveland Crystals. The emerging company's focus was directed to the development of nonlinear-optical crystalline materials, optical frequency conversion, and electro-optical device development for applications in the growing laser industry. With this foundation, CCI has become the world leader in the growth and fabrication of large-aperture KDP and KD*P crystals for Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) applications. We are working in partnership with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to optimize the Rapid Crystal Growth method to produce large crystals for the next stage of ICF development. Cleveland Crystal grows far and away the largest KDP boules in the world. Period.
In the area of electro-optical devices, the QX1020 Pockels cell is the established industry standard E-O Q-switch, with thousands in the field. In addition to KDP and KD*P, CCI offers many other crystalline materials for applications ranging from the ultraviolet to the infrared. These materials include BBO, CLBO, AgGaS2, AgGaSe2, CdS, CdSe, and ZGP.
CCI was the first and remains the largest commercial producer of BBO in the United States. BBO is a nonlinear optical material well suited for high average power and UV applications.
CCI has developed proprietary software that gives us the unique ability to supply length-optimized crystals for many applications.
Another unique competency of CCI is the design and fabrication of IR wave plates, which are supplied in zero-order, net-zero-order, multi-order, and achromatic configurations. CCI's optical coating capabilities cover the UV - IR range and include custom thin-film design and deposition capabilities for dielectric, SolGel, and hybrid coatings. Contract R&D is provided in the areas of crystal growth, optical coatings, nonlinear-optical frequency conversion, and electro-optical device development. The manufacturing capabilities of CCI are supported by a unique competency in optical fabrication and an in-house precision machine shop.
In 1999, Cleveland Crystals became a member of the Gooch &
Housego group, which includes Optronics Laboratories Inc.
Technologies (NEOS), and Gooch & Housego PLC.
Gooch & Housego is an ISO 9002 accredited manufacturer of high quality
components, glass engineered structures, acousto-optics, RF drivers, and related devices. Optronic Laboratories is a world leader in
optical radiation measurement solutions and NEOS Technologies specializes in the state-of-the-art laser modulation and deflection
systems for research and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) applications.