Optical Filter Glass

The broad portfolio of Optical Filter Glass features a huge array of technical properties, from wide spectral range and optical density to a variety of chemical composition, with all products assessed by a stringent quality control system that includes spectrophotometers and vision systems.

Vast range of properties for a vast range of functions

Custom thickness

Our glasses are cast into strips then ground and polished to the desired thickness, which can vary from extremely thin plates to complex shapes. Different thicknesses will offer different blocking properties.

Substrates potential

All our optical filter glasses can be used as substrates for thin-film coating to manufacture interference filters, with specific features such as absorption or reflection combined in one optical filter.

A wide spectrum

Across the entire SCHOTT Optical Filter Glass portfolio, the spectral range of our glasses is unrivalled – from 250 nm to 3200 nm – with longpass, shortpass, bandpass and neutral density filters all available.

Continuous quality monitoring

During the production process we work closely with our customers to continually monitor the quality of the products we develop, based on a statistical process as well as final inspections. That way, our high standards are maintained throughout.

Optical Properties

Filter glasses modify the spectrum of light

Filter glasses are made for their selective absorption properties that modify the spectrum of any radiation. The glasses are specially developed and optimized for their optical effect on the electromagnetic spectrum. Our portfolio glasses can be sorted by their function into the following groups:

 

Internal transmittance of SCHOTT filter glasses

Optical Filter Glass Filtergraph

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Forms of Supply

Positive list

Our portfolio glasses are melted regularly and have long-term availability. These glasses will remain in our portfolio for at least the next five years. Our positive list is available in the download section.

 

Matte plates

Most of the glass types can be purchased as a matte plate in the standard format 165 mm x 165 mm x 4 mm.

 

Polished filters - Dimensions and surfaces

Our filter glasses are melted and cast, with the final components varying in shape and thickness. We also produce polished filters according to your specification. 

We offer polished filters in different dimensions and in optical surface quality. Specifications of polished surfaces depend on the geometry (thickness, size, shape, effective area) of the filter. 

Rectangular shape

Rectangular Shape Optical Filter Glass

Disc shape 

Disc Shape Optical Filter Glass

Other shapes and sizes upon request. 

For more information about dimensional tolerances and surface quality, please refer to the ‘Optical Filter Glass Catalog’ in the download section (Part II – Properties - 5.1 Dimensions and 5.2 Polished surfaces).

 
Chemical Properties

For various chemical requirements, especially during different processing steps, we use the resistance classes that apply to optical glass. The greater the resistance of the glass, the lower the class number. Specifications on physical and chemical properties for the SCHOTT Optical Filter Glass range (for reference only) are available in the ‘Optical Filter Glass Catalog’  in the download section (Part II – Properties – 3 Optical filter glass: reference values).

Stain resistance

The test procedure for stain resistance provides information on possible changes in the glass surface (stain formation) under the influence of slightly acidic water (for example perspiration, acidic condensates) without vaporization. The classification of optical filter glasses into stain resistance classes FR 0–5 is available in the ‘Optical Filter Glass Catalog’ in the download section (Part I – Description - 5.1 Stain resistance).

 

Acid resistance

Acid resistance according to ISO 8424 classifies the behavior of glass surfaces that come in contact with large quantities of acidic solutions (from a practical standpoint for example, perspiration, laminating substances, carbonated water, etc.). The classification of optical filter glasses into acid resistance classes SR 1–53 (ISO 8424) is available in the ‘Optical Filter Glass Catalog’ in the download section (Part I – Description - 5.2 Acid resistance).

 

Alkali resistance

Alkali resistance according to ISO 10629 indicates the sensitivity of optical filter glasses in contact with warm alkaline liquids, such as cooling liquids in grinding and polishing processes. The classification of optical filter glasses into alkali resistance classes AR 1–4 (ISO 10629) is available in the ‘Optical Filter Glass Catalog’ in the download section (Part I – Description - 5.3 Alkali resistance).

 

Solarization

Solarization comes from prolonged exposure to intense light sources with high UV radiation, which can cause permanent reductions in the transmission of optical filter glasses. Solarization is mainly a function of the intensity and spectral distribution of the radiation – the shorter the radiation wavelength, the higher the solarization.

 

Humidity resistance

After a certain amount of time, the surfaces of highly sensitive glasses can exhibit a slightly cloudy residue. Initially, this residue can be removed using glass polishing compounds. However, more severe attacks caused by warm humidity can ruin the surface polish quality. 

With humidity resistance, color filter glasses can be classified into four groups. These four groups are marked in Table 3: Physical and chemical properties (for reference only) in our ‘Optical Filter Glass Catalog’ (page 61):

Group “resistant glasses”

  • No substantial surface change occurs in most of the optical filter glass types. A change in the surface is only possible under extreme conditions, such as 85 °C and 85 % relative humidity for hundreds of hours.

Group “robust glasses”

  • Glass types withstand warm humidity testing at 60 °C and 90 % relative humidity for more than 48 hours.
  • Glass types marked with a closed umbrella

Group “sensitive glasses” 

  • Glass types should be used and stored in a moderate climate or in closed work and store rooms (constant temperature below 35 °C, relative humidity less than 60 %). A desiccant is to be used when wetness is a possibility. For use and storage in open air and tropical climates, it is advisable to apply protective coatings which SCHOTT can provide upon request.
  • Glass types marked with an opened umbrella

Group “delicate glasses”

  • For this optical filter glass types, changes in the glass surface are possible after several months of normal storage. These glasses are to be handled with care: Any contact with water or warm humidity should be avoided. A desiccant is to be used for long-term storage of unprotected glass. For this reason, protective coatings are recommended which SCHOTT can provide upon request.
  • Glass types marked with two opened umbrellas
 

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