LIGO Document T1000464-v1
- This experiment involved the bonding of silica disc samples using hydroxide catalysis bonding and de-bonding them after up to forty-eight hours of curing. Data was collected at several intervals over the forty-eight hour period. The discs were de-bonded using one of two methods; firstly by rinsing in DI water and secondly by using a variety of cleaning solutions in an ultrasonic bath. It was found that in general a longer curing time leads to a longer de-bonding time, but also that a more perfect bond (i.e. one that contained fewer bubbles) would require a longer time to de-bond.
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