Optical Properties of Glass: How Light and Glass Interact

Optical Properties of Glass

This is the second article in a three-part series that reviews the thermal, optical, and mechanical properties of glass. We will define common glass properties and explain their application and importance in component design. We often hear from engineers who are evaluating the impact of a design change from one lens material to another. For…

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3 Common Glass Types: Properties and Applications

Glass types compositions

Glass is an immensely versatile material; it is used every day in numerous applications, many that most of us are not even aware of. We use it to drink beverages, to store food, and as windows in our homes and automobiles but glass is also used in many unseen applications. For instance, glass components are…

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New Blog, “Glass Transforming Light,” Responds to Lighting Industry Technical Needs

LEDs disrupt lighting industry

New blog bridges the gap between glass science and new lighting technologies in the interest of sharing knowledge to create a safer and more productive world. The introduction of new light-based technologies brings both exciting benefits and complex challenges to lighting engineers. Traditional designs and materials do not fully leverage the energy savings of these new…

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Glass Abrasion Resistance Ensures Consistent Light Transmission

Borosilicate glass resists abrasion in harsh abrasive environments

  Exterior lights, whether on a jet, runway, or cell phone tower, must live up to high expectations. They alert pilots of obstacles and safely guide them to the runway. It’s critical that the light system provide consistent transmission through normal and adverse conditions. Exterior lights are exposed to harsh conditions like heavy smog, acid…

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Basics of Glass Tempering and Heat Strengthening

On a daily basis you encounter glass in all shapes, sizes, and compositions. Glass is used in many applications ranging from the glass for your cell phone screen to your car’s windshield. You can also find glass in impact and explosion resistant lighting applications in demanding environments like coal mines and oil rigs. In all these applications,…

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