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Celebrated every 10 November, World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the important role of science. In 2020, the day will be devoted to the theme of science for and with society. SCHOTT supports researchers worldwide with lighting solutions for stereomicroscopes.

Celebrated every 10 November, World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the important role of science. In 2020, the day will be devoted to the theme of science for and with society. SCHOTT supports researchers worldwide with lighting solutions for stereomicroscopes.

During the past year, science communication was more important than ever. Both the Covid-19 pandemic, which transformed our lives over the past months, and the increasingly present climate crisis have meant that scientists are receiving more attention in the media.

Science is built on diligent research. For fields such as material and life sciences, stereomicroscopy is a key tool. SCHOTT supports this research by supplying illumination that makes details visible and, therefore, allows informative investigation and optical documentation.

 

Spotlight on samples

The glass manufacturer offers both direct lighting solutions from LEDs and illumination via light transmitted through glass fibers. Thanks to more than 130 years of experience with specialty glass, SCHOTT knows how to choose materials with optimal properties and can supply light sources with precisely fitting light guide connections. Just recently, the company celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first cold light source.

The company offers a broad portfolio of lighting solutions, ranging from ring lights to goosenecks. Depending on the application, samples can be illuminated from the side or above to provide contrast to the surface. Backlights can be used to illuminate transparent samples such as thin plastic, insect larvae or oocytes from below. UV lights allow the examination of materials labeled with fluorescent markers or exhibiting autofluorescence. It can be used for everything from forensic examination of documents to the analysis of cracks, paints and varnishes.

In addition to the various light guides and sources, optical accessories such as polarization filters, diffusers and lenses influence the quality of the light. Likewise, mechanical accessories can help optimally position lighting components. The details that are revealed by using the best lighting are helping to improve processes and drive development forward.

Illuminating the respiratory tract

SCHOTT is also helping in the worldwide fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, where examining the respiratory tract is critical. The company supplies fiber optic light guides for the important medical technology market of laryngoscopes, intubation endoscopes, ENT endoscopes and bronchoscopes.

Doctors use endoscopes to check the larynx for occlusions or to intubate a patient. Thanks to flexible glass fibers, each of which is thinner than a human hair, high-quality white light can be brought deep into the human body. This is crucial so that clinicians can see the tissue clearly and guide the tube safely through the trachea. After use, the glass fibers can be autoclaved at temperatures up to 137° Celsius.

SCHOTT knows we need science for a better world. In addition to supporting science, we recognize science-based findings and act accordingly. The company is also strengthening its commitment to environmental and climate protection and working toward becoming climate neutral.

UV light can make cracks in objects visible
SCHOTT LED Light Source KL 2500 LED with fiber optic light guide for illumination applications in stereo microscopy

November 10, 2020

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Michaela Georg
Lighting & Imaging
SCHOTT AG

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