Germanium is a chemical element with the symbol Ge and atomic number 32. It is a lustrous, hard-brittle, grayish-white metalloid in the carbon group, chemically similar to its group neighbours silicon and tin. Pure germanium is a semiconductor with an appearance similar to elemental silicon. Like silicon, germanium naturally reacts and forms complexes with oxygen in nature.
Experts of ASTROHN Technology Ltd. have elaborated the production technology of single crystals germanium with high optical homogeneity (uniform dopant distribution), confirmed by an electrical resistivity four-probe method. The new technology was applied to produce prototypes, which would be used in the design of new generation infrared equipment.