Questions about Hilger General Questions

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.

We supply scintillation arrays as linear or two-dimensional arrays ranging from 4 pixels all the way up to 1,000 pixels and we ensure that every one of those pixels meets the customer’s requirements. Arrays typically range from 5mm to 200mm in size and individual pixels can be as small as 0.5mm depending on the crystal material and thickness.

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.

We have many crystal growth furnaces including Kyropoulos, Bridgman, and Czochralski that produce 2,000kgs of optical and scintillation crystals each month. We have a tried and tested method of growing crystals that has been perfected over 80 years. The furnaces produce bespoke crystals in low volumes to popular commercial grade crystals like Thallium-doped Sodium Iodide (NaI:Tl), Thallium-doped Caesium Iodide (CsI:Tl), LYSO, K-crystals like Potassium Bromide (KBr), Potassium Chloride (KCl), Potassium Iodide (KI), and others.

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.

We have many crystal growth furnaces that grow over 2,000kgs of optical and scintillation crystals each month for academic and scientific research, defence, security, medical, and healthcare applications.

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.

Crystal Materials Index

The choice of crystal material is driven by a wide range of factors including decay constant, density, peak scintillation wavelength, light yield, afterglow, and others. Hilger Crystals manufactures a wide range of synthetic crystals based on an extensive range of materials – both for IR spectroscopy and radiation detection. Our crystal materials index offers a comprehensive list of optical and scintillation crystals. Please contact our team to answer your specific questions.