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25.01.2017, Duryea, P.A.

SCHOTT to demo new laser, IR glass at Photonics West 2017

International technology group’s specialists and developers to detail new optical materials, research in technical presentations and an optical designer workshop
At Photonics West 2017, SCHOTT is putting the future of medical technology, manufacturing, space exploration, and other fields on display. The international technology group will exhibit and demonstrate its ultra-thin glass SCHOTT AS 87 eco, IR glass IRG 27, and laser glass BLG 80, which were both developed and are now being produced in SCHOTT Advanced Optics’ Duryea, PA facility. SCHOTT's Duryea location serves as the main site for optical systems technology in North America. In addition, SCHOTT experts will offer several technical paper discussions and a designer workshop for engineers and optical designers to learn the technical properties of laser and optical components. SCHOTT will attend Photonics West in San Francisco from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 at booth #1314 in South Hall.

SCHOTT will display and demo its new IR broadband material IRG 27, which enables designers to realize new IR optical systems. IRG 27 offers excellent transmission from 680 nm in the visible range through the SWIR, MWIR, and LWIR wavelengths, and has no Germanium content, allowing minimal absorption at 12.5 μm. One major advantage is the near zero dn/dT across the entire SWIR (starting at 1.5 μm) through the MWIR and LWIR range. IRG 27 can be processed by conventional grinding and polishing, single point diamond turning, or molding. Join SCHOTT’s Gernot Weber for a demo of IRG 27 at the Demo Area 1 (Hall ABC South) on Jan. 31 at 1:30 p.m.

In laser glass, SCHOTT will highlight its new BLG 80, which features broad emission bands, making it a cost-effective alternative to Ti:Sa. It replaces mixed silicate-phosphate systems for high powered lasers, and allows for novel new lasers with a more compact architecture. Todd Jaeger will show the many applications of SCHOTT’s laser materials on Feb. 1 at 11:30 a.m at the Demo Area 1 (Hall ABC South).

Both IRG 27 and BLG 80 were developed at SCHOTT’s facility in Duryea, Pennsylvania, and are now being produced there.

SCHOTT’s ultra-thin glass for mobile applications, SCHOTT AS 87 eco, is the the world’s first mass volume available, high strength, ultra-thin glass with no need for slimming. Its extremely high impact and bending strength, and resistance to scratches, make it tough despite its thinness. Offered in a range of ultra-thin thicknesses (70 to 350 μm), SCHOTT AS 87 eco has excellent transmission characteristics that create opportunities for wearables, smartphones, and sensors, among myriad other applications.

In addition to product demos, SCHOTT will present four technical papers throughout the show, covering various industrial and medical applications:
  •  “Lasing efficiency of Er-Yb-Cr-Glass: A temperature study” with Simi George on Jan. 30 at 11:00 a.m.
  • “New gain materials for high-power laser applications” with Simi George on Jan. 31 at 2:00 p.m.
  • “Latest results on solarization of optical glasses with pulsed laser radiation” with Ralf Jedamzik on Jan. 31 at 5:05 p.m.
  • “IRG 27: A new glass type for multi-band IR optics” with Mark Davis on Feb. 1 at 10:00 a.m.

SCHOTT will also host an optical designer workshop. The sessions will include updates on optical materials, including glasses for outer space and other extreme environments, and those for applications beyond the visible spectrum.

“Photonics West brings together the best minds of the laser and infrared worlds,” said Steve Sokach, Sales Director North America at SCHOTT. “The future of both spaces offers tremendous promise for everything from medicine to transportation to space exploration, and more. SCHOTT will have its materials and a host of specialists and developers on hand to show how we can bring that future within reach.”

SCHOTT is a leading international technology group in the areas of specialty glass and glass-ceramics. The company has more than 130 years of outstanding development, materials and technology expertise and offers a broad portfolio of high-quality products and intelligent solutions. SCHOTT is an innovative enabler for many industries, including the home appliance, pharma, electronics, optics, life sciences, automotive and aviation industries. SCHOTT strives to play an important part of everyone’s life and is committed to innovation and sustainable success. The group maintains a global presence with production sites and sales offices in 34 countries. With its workforce of approximately 15,000 employees, sales of $2.21 billion were generated in fiscal year 2015/2016.
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