Set your jewels to get them seen. Or use them for something else, perhaps? Something less showy, but perhaps more useful? Monocrystals. A single crystal, industrially tamed and a kind of Philosopher’s Stone for innovation. The artificial crystals are a fascinating material for electronics. Without them, a lot of development progress could not have taken place at all. Micro-electronics and computer technology simply can’t get enough of them. Microlithography, for example, needs them to produce and process integrated circuits.
Precision is key, here. Which is also true regarding the active and passive laser lenses by SCHOTT. James Bond should be grateful that the villains never had any cylindrical lenses handy. This type of lens focuses light along an axis. Perfectly suited for things like laser projectors and for 90-degree prisms in lasers. To counter a movie villain, there are optical filters that block laser beams almost entirely and almost irrespectively of angle. Or aspherical lenses, which are highly resistant to laser beams – very useful for 007, or medical facilities.
If you’d prefer not to wear your jewels on your finger, how about some glass on your wrist instead? Not quite as flashy, but clever and smart. A smartphone’s display, camera, chip and battery are just as happy curved. Ultra-thin glass is good at a lot of things, and getting better at even more. It received the Innovation Award of the German Industry in 2016, not something you get just like that. Ultra-thin glass is the stuff of technological innovations. Rolled up visions of the future. Glass that is thinner than a human hair opens up almost limitless possibilities. Flexible displays, ever smaller and stronger substrate and cover materials for electronic components or sensors – and no-one’s forced to pick up the pieces afterwards.
Cooling. Heating. Cooling and heating again. Over and over, as quickly as you like: ZERODUR® glass-ceramic, the permanent favourite among materials, is always up to the task. For almost fifty years, it’s been a specialist with its extremely low thermal expansion coefficient. Made for maximum precision in many applications in which changes to geometry and dimensions through fluctuating temperatures need to be avoided. True for cutting-edge telescopes as much as for high-precision measuring equipment that turns infrared lenses to multi-talents across all wavelengths. Even true for the field of zero-contact temperature measurement.
Applying pressure is easy. Withstanding pressure requires a special kind of glass. Especially if you need to enter your PIN more than once, or if your hands are dirty. The glass on the screens of modern production machinery or on the terminals for cash-free payment are subject to relentless jabbing by human hands. CONTURAN® glass with its anti-reflex coating not only prevents undesired reflections in circumstances with difficult lighting, it also protects sensitive screens, for example those in the cockpit of airline planes. All systems go? For more than eighty-five years, SCHOTT has been manufacturing tailor-made interference filters for customers from the research and industry sectors. Seventy variants guarantee that any customer wish can be satisfied – blood testing units, gas chromatographers or waste water and combustion analysers, we have them all covered. For once, highly sophisticated even without jewels.