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Calcium fluoride is used to manufacture optical components such as windows and lenses, used in thermal imaging systems, spectroscopy, and excimer lasers. In combination with KF, it is a useful fluorinating agent for conversion of other alkyl halides to fluorides. It may be used in the fabrication of microfluidic capillary electrophoresis (CE) devices.
Tao Pan; Ryan T. Kelly; Matthew C. Asplund; Adam T. Woolley. Fabrication of calcium fluoride capillary electrophoresis microdevices for on-chip infrared detection. Journal of Chromatography A. 2004, 1027 231-235.
H G McCann. The solubility of fluorapatite and its relationship to that of calcium fluoride. Archives of Oral Biology. 1968, 13 (8), 987-1001.
In combination with KF, is a useful fluorinating agent for conversion of other alkyl halides to fluorides: J. Chem. Soc., Chem. Commun., 793 (1986).
Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.
Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. IF ON SKIN: Wash with plenty of soap and water. IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician if you feel unwell. If skin irritation occurs: Get medical advice/attention. If eye irritation persists: Take off contaminated clothing and wash before reuse. Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant