This paper briefly discusses questions of enhancing the transparency and surface strength of “soft” materials of the UV and IR ranges (MgF<sub>2</sub>, CaF<sub>2</sub>, BaF<sub>2</sub>, LiF, etc.) by using nanoobjects. For a matrix based on MgF<sub>2</sub>, BaF<sub>2</sub>, or LiF, a substantial variation is established in the transmission spectra in the UV region. It is also shown that the strength parameters of the materials being studied can be improved by a factor of 3-10.
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N. V. Kamanina, P. Ya. Vasil'ev, and V. I. Studenov, "Using nanotechnologies in optics: On the possibility of enhancing the transparency and increasing the mechanical surface strength of materials in the UV and IR regions," J. Opt. Technol. 75, 806-808 (2008)