Transmission is one of the most important properties of optical glasses. However, the higher the refractive index of the glass, the lower it is in the blue-violet range of the visible spectrum. SCHOTT has now succeeded in developing glasses that offer outstanding internal transmission, despite their high refractive index. These new glass versions can be recognized by the additions “HT” and “HtUltra”.
Highly pure raw materials and optimal melting conditions have made this improvement of existing optical glasses possible. For example, the HT version of N-BK7 (nd = 1.51680, vd = 64.17) has an internal transmission of τi from 0.998 in a thickness of 10 mm and a wavelength of 400 nm. None of the comparable glasses from other vendors achieve evenly high transmission in the visible range.
Due to their high light yield, HT and HTUltra glasses are ideally suited for use in the lenses of reflex and TV cameras and fluorescence microscopy. In binoculars, they offer outstanding viewing, even at twilight, and reduce the thermal lensing effect in applications that use high luminous flux, such as 3-D cinema projectors, because the glass absorbs hardly any light at all.
In total, the range has now been expanded from five to include eleven HT glasses that are all lead and arsenic-free. The portfolio now includes the versions N-BK7HT, N-SK2HT, N-LASF9HT, N-LASF45HT, N-SF57HTUltra and N-SF6HT. SCHOTT offers finished polished and coated components that are made of these glasses, including windows, prisms and lenses that meet specific customer needs, but also blanks, bars or blocks.