Germanium tetrachloride (GeCl4) is a colorless liquid. It is used as an intermediate in the production of purified germanium dioxide and germanium metal, but more predominantly used as a reagent in fiber optic production.
Scope of Application
In fiber optics, germanium tetrachloride is converted into germanium dioxide and then deposited, along with silicon dioxide, using vapor deposition techniques. Germanium dioxide provides a higher refractive index fiber core, which prevents signal loss during transmission.