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19.11.2013, SCHOTT AG

New VG20 filter glass from SCHOTT for maximum protection against harmful infrared radiation

Ideal for use in surgery: lighter weight laser safety glasses now even possible with high color accuracy
VG20 filter glass from SCHOTT protects against harmful infrared radiation better than any other glass. It is designed to protect against red and near infrared (NIR) radiation at wavelengths above 650 nm, the range typically used in lasers and intensive light sources (ILS). The VG20 filter is particularly well-suited for use in laser protection goggles and safety glasses that are worn when red flash lamps are used to remove hair or light sources are used to treat skin. Photo: SCHOTT.
VG20 filter glass from SCHOTT protects against harmful infrared radiation better than any other glass. It is designed to protect against red and near infrared (NIR) radiation at wavelengths above 650 nm, the range typically used in lasers and intensive light sources (ILS). The VG20 filter is particularly well-suited for use in laser protection goggles and safety glasses that are worn when red flash lamps are used to remove hair or light sources are used to treat skin. Photo: SCHOTT.
Mainz & Düsseldorf, November 19, 2013 – With its new filter glass VG20, the international technology group SCHOTT now offers improved capabilities in the field of medical technology. VG20 effectively protects against dangerous infrared radiation: It protects against red and near infrared (NIR) radiation at wavelengths above 650 nm, the range typically used in lasers and intensive light sources (ILS). The VG20 filter is particularly well-suited for use in laser protection goggles and safety glasses that are worn when red flash lamps are used to remove hair or light sources are used to treat skin. These types of glasses are of particular interest to doctors, medical personnel, midwives, cosmetologists and patients. SCHOTT will be presenting these products at COMPAMED in Düsseldorf at booth 8B/H08 from November 20 –22, 2013.

The VG20 filter already absorbs 50 percent of the radiation above 565 nm. It even blocks a thousand times better than conventional glass at an infrared wavelength of 850 nm. “With our bandpass filters, we are now able to keep radiation of between 600 and 1100 nm in wavelength away from the eye,” explains Dr.-Ing. Ralf Biertümpfel, Application Manager for Filter Glass at SCHOTT Advanced Optics. Intensive radiation in this frequency range can be extremely dangerous for the human eye when it is emitted by the GaAlAs, InGaAs or Nd:YAG lasers used in medicine or industrial manufacturing.

This extremely good filtering effect is made possible by the many absorbing pigments contained in the glass. “We achieve this by using dissolved copper ions in the glass matrix,” Dr. Biertümpfel adds. Due to the excellent filtering effect, the VG20 filter used can be roughly a third thinner than conventional filter glasses. Safety glasses are thus lighter and more comfortable to wear. At the same time, VG20 also ensures that the wearer is still able to see in true color across all the colors of the spectrum. In fact, even a white surface is still perceived as white. Furthermore, this glass is known for its excellent optical quality. This is achieved using extremely homogeneous glass that is free from striae so that optics can be manufactured that are free from distortion.

High resistance to climatic conditions is yet another key characteristic of this filter glass from SCHOTT. It not only stands up to humidity and resists heat for hundreds of hours, but is also permanently transparent and non-corrosive. The properties of the filter can be improved even further to suit customer-specific applications by applying additional coatings.

For further information:
http://www.schott.com/advanced_optics/english/products/optical-components/optical-filters/optical-filter-glass/index.html

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The bandpass filter VG20 from SCHOTT that is only 1 mm thick offers strong absorption in the near infrared range (NIR). Its high transparency inside the visible spectrum also ensures that colors are displayed naturally. Source: SCHOTT.
The bandpass filter VG20 from SCHOTT that is only 1 mm thick offers strong absorption in the near infrared range (NIR). Its high transparency inside the visible spectrum also ensures that colors are displayed naturally. Source: SCHOTT.
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