General Questions about Hilger Crystals

Could you speak to Hilger’s innovations?

Innovation is very important to Hilger in terms of crystal growth and processing. It’s been the fabric of the company for over 80 years with the design and manufacturing of some of the early crystals in the 1940s. We won the “Queens Award for Technological Innovation” for Zinc Tungstate (ZnWO4) used in CT scanning. In fact, we were the early pioneers of this technology that has gone on to save millions of lives throughout the world.

We recently developed and now offer a new generation of reflectors for crystal arrays that are more radiation hard and guaranteed to last longer. This has helped extend the life of our customer’s products by at least 2 years reducing their maintenance costs and overall cost of ownership.

What makes Hilger Crystals unique?

Hilger has the ability to grow synthetic crystals in large volumes and to incredibly demanding specifications in close collaboration with our customers — a practice that has proven successful from prototyping new research to wide-reaching commercial engagements for over 80 years!

Our employees are highly skilled and extremely well trained in hand crafting crystals. We also offer crystal polishing, processing, and state-of-the-art metrology – all under one roof. We’re a sweet spot between size and expertise where we have a huge range of knowledge and work together to produce a solution that best fits your needs.

What type of customers does Hilger serve?

Whether you’re an undergraduate student with a small budget, a young entrepreneur with limited resources, a research scientist working on a grant, or a purchasing manager at a large OEM with a multi-million dollar budget we promise to help you design a crystal that meets the needs of your application. We offer a full-service solution from bespoke crystal manufacturing to packaged detectors.

What types of crystal materials does Hilger offer?

Hilger Crystals has a well-established history and proven reputation for producing high-quality, commercial-grade synthetic optical crystals for infrared spectroscopy and scintillation crystals used in state-of-the-art detection solutions. The crystals are used for academic and scientific research and defence, security, medical, and healthcare applications.

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