Saint-Gobain Crystals offers an industry leading portfolio of high performance, high reliability products ranging from large sapphire sheets, tubes, rods and other complex shapes, X-ray monochromator crystals and Garnet substrates to scintillation materials and assemblies used in radiation detection and measurement.
Our products are used in a broad spectrum of applications including medical imaging and instrumentation, oil exploration, health physics, security and safeguards, aerospace & defense systems, semiconductor equipment, optics, industrial applications, research and X-ray spectrometry and astrophysics.
There are five industrial sites and a commercial and technical presence around the world; we also benefit from Saint-Gobain group's Research & Development facilities and resources on top of the development capabilities we have in our industrial sites.
We leverage those capabilities to design solutions suited to your application offer world class performance not only in laboratory environments but also in the most extreme conditions.
Saint-Gobain Crystals has been meeting these demanding market needs for more than 80 years, either directly or through industry leading businesses acquired and integrated into Saint-Gobain. This history includes:
1930’s - Harshaw Chemical Company is the first major manufacturer to develop and produce scintillation crystals
1940’s - Quartz & Silice, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, begins production of optical crystals and scintillation crystals
1969 - Bicron Corporation is established and begins production of NaI(Tl) scintillation ingots
1970 - Saphikon is established and manufactures near-net-shape sapphire products grown through its proprietary process
1971 - TGM Detectors begins production of Geiger-Mueller tubes and probes
1974 - Gamma Labs begins production of Geiger-Mueller tubes and He-3 proportional counters
1990 - Saint-Gobain acquires Bicron Corporation and Harshaw brand products
1992 - Crismatec, the European leader in BGO production, is acquired. Crismatec becomes the new name for the Quartz & Silice entity
1995 - Saint-Gobain acquires Nuclear Enterprises
1999 - Saint-Gobain (Bicron) acquires TGM Detectors and Gamma Laboratories
2000 - Saphikon is acquired
2000 - All of the above businesses and brand names are united under the Saint-Gobain Crystals name
2003 - Introduction of new scintillation crystals Lanthanum Chloride (LaCl3) and Lanthanum Bromide (LaBr3), which are marketed under the BrilLanCe trademark
2003 - Introduction of new scintillation crystal LYSO, which is marketed under the PreLude trademark
2011 - CLASS - World’s largest area sapphire sheets
2011 - NeuTruck and NeuPort - Novel neutron detection solution developed to replace He-3 tube technology in Portal and Vehicle mounted monitors
2012 - Sensor Kit - Radiation detection technology and expertise, covering the MCA up to Pulse shape analysis