For more than 80 years, Saint-Gobain Crystals has been devoted to a single, defining mission: to engineer diverse, high-quality materials that transform technologies and empower a better world.
Through state-of-the-art R&D facilities, robust industrial-scale production capabilities, and a passionate team of extraordinary individuals, Saint-Gobain Crystals has consistently delivered on that mission. Our achievements include life-saving medical technologies, game-changing security capabilities and materials that have enabled revolutionary research — on this world and beyond. Since 1996, Saint-Gobain Crystals has provided scintillation detectors and materials for space missions such as the 2001 Mars Odyssey, the 2011 Curiosity Mars Rover, and the 2015 CALET Calorimetric Electron Telescope.
At Saint-Gobain Crystals, our team of researchers and engineers comes through the door each day ready to drive materials engineering forward in pursuit of advanced capabilities, forward-thinking technology, and a more fruitful future. With advanced techniques for harnessing the strength and precision of crystalline structures, we develop the materials that are powering the technologies of tomorrow.
This combination of solid science and bold ideas has allowed us to develop an industry-leading portfolio of high performance, high-reliability products including synthetic sapphire armor, precision scintillation crystals, X-ray monochromator crystals and epitaxy substrates made of garnet.
We work closely with our clients to so they can take advantage of these innovative products and advanced capabilities — offering the support to develop ideas, the expertise to impact industries, and the vision to change the world.
Saint-Gobain Crystals History
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