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Optics for
fighting covid-19

Optics are enabling key technologies in the fight against COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus. Various optical components play a critical role in the tools frontline healthcare workers use to combat this global health crisis. These include, among others, filters and lenses in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) systems that replicate DNA samples for testing and Germanium optics in infrared fever detection systems.

Key Ways Optics are Fighting COVID-19

Case Study:
Optics for Antibody Detection

  • The detection of antibodies indicates an existing immune response to COVID-19
  • Provides data required to properly track and respond to this pandemic
  • Filters and lenses utilized for fluorescence-based antibody detection
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MiCo BioMed

Case Study:
PCR Tests for Diagnosing COVID-19

  • Can produce test results in less than one hour
  • Exponentially replicates DNA samples to allow for accurate analysis
  • Fluorescence-based PCR systems utilize optical filters, lenses, and mirrors
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Case Study:
Infrared Fever Detection

  • Identifying elevated body temperatures identifies individuals who should proceed with further testing
  • No-contact thermal thermometers have reduced contamination risk
  • Utilize germanium windows and lenses
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Products Used to Fight COVID-19

Olympus Filter Cube #86-833 with Pre-Mounted Fluorescence Filters
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Pre-Mounted Fluorescence Filter Cube Sets
  • Ensure Proper Alignment of Filter Sets
  • Easily Adapt to Common Microscopes
  • Available in a Variety of Wavelengths
Fluorescence Bandpass Filters

Fluorescence Bandpass Filters
  • Common Wavelengths for Popular Fluorophores
  • Excitation Filters and Emission Filters Available
  • >93% Transmission
  • >OD 6 Blocking, <3% from Edge of Bandwidth
Nikon Tube Lenses and Accessories New
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Nikon Tube Lenses and Accessories
  • Filter Cube Accepts 25mm Diameter Filters or Features Pre-Mounted Fluorescence Filter Sets for Nikon Microscopes
  •  Tube Lens for Nikon Infinity Corrected Objectives
Fluorescence Filter Sets

Fluorescence Filter Sets
  • Excitation, Emission, and Dichroic Filters for Fluorescence Imaging
  • >93% Transmission and OD 6 Blocking for Maximum Brightness and Contrast
  • Hard Sputtered Coatings on Single Substrate
Molded Aspheric Condenser Lenses
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Molded Aspheric Condenser Lenses
  • High Numerical Apertures
  • Fully Documented for OEM Integration
  • Ideal for Illumination Applications
Fluorescence Dichroic Filters

Fluorescence Dichroic Filters
  • Ideal for Fluorescence or Multispectral Imaging
  • Sharp Transition from Reflection to Transmission
  • Extended Reflection and Transmission Bands
VIS 0° Coated Plano-Convex (PCX) Lenses

VIS 0° Coated Plano-Convex (PCX) Lenses
  • AR Coated to Provide <0.4% Reflectance per Surface for 425 - 675nm
  • Designed for 0° Angle of Incidence
VIS-NIR Coated Plano-Convex (PCX) Lenses

VIS-NIR Coated Plano-Convex (PCX) Lenses
  • AR Coated to Provide <1.25% Reflectance per Surface for 400 - 1000nm
  • <0.25% Reflectance @ 880nm
  • Designed for 0° Angle of Incidence
&lambda;/10 First Surface Mirrors

λ/10 First Surface Mirrors
  • Precision Fused Silica Substrate
  • Variety of Sizes and Coating Options Available
  • Low Coefficient of Thermal Expansion
Micro Plano-Convex (PCX) Lenses

Micro Plano-Convex (PCX) Lenses
  • Diameters as Small as 1mm
  • Short Focal Lengths for Integration into Compact Devices
  • Broadband Antireflection Coating Options Available
Uncoated Plano-Convex (PCX) Lenses

Uncoated Plano-Convex (PCX) Lenses
  • Wavelength Range of 350-2200nm
  • Precision Diameter and Centration Tolerances Allow for Easy OEM Integration
High Performance Fluorescence Dichroic Filters

High Performance Fluorescence Dichroic Filters
  • Improved Flatness, Transmitted Wavefront, and Surface Quality
  • Ideal for Fluorescence Microscopy or High Magnification Imaging Applications
Multi-Band Fluorescence Bandpass Filters
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Multi-Band Fluorescence Bandpass Filters
  • Multiple Pass Bands on a Single Filter
  • High Peak Transmission, Excellent Blocking
  • Ideal for Simultaneous Viewing of Multiple Fluorophores
Ultra Narrow Bandpass Filters New
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Ultra Narrow Bandpass Filters
  • Narrowest Bandwidths and Highest Transmissions Available
  • Extremely High Blocking Design up to 10 OD
  • CWL Tolerances as Tight as 0.05nm
Molded Aspheric Condenser Lenses
Molded Aspheric Condenser Lenses
  • Hardened for Improved Durability
  • High Numerical Apertures
  • Ideal for Illumination Applications
Coherent® High Performance OBIS™ LX/LS Fiber-Pigtailed Laser Systems New
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Coherent® High Performance OBIS™ LX/LS Fiber-Pigtailed Laser Systems
  • High Performance OBIS™ LX/LS Lasers with Added Fiber Optic Capability
  • Permanent Fiber Attachment Extends Lifetime with Guaranteed Power
Rotating Filter Wheels
Rotating Filter Wheels
  • Holds Six or Twelve Filters
  • Accepts 1" / 25mm or ½" / 12.5mm Diameters
  • 12 Index Positions for Precise Movement
Coherent® High Performance OBIS™ LX/LS Laser Systems
Coherent® High Performance OBIS™ LX/LS Laser Systems
  • Same Compact Design for All Wavelength Options
  • Integrated Control Electronics with Analog and Digital Modulation
  • Circular Beam with Superior Beam Quality
Hamamatsu Photomultiplier Tube Modules
Hamamatsu Photomultiplier Tube Modules
  • Wide Spectral Response
  • Fast Time Response
  • Low Dark Noise and High Sensitivity
  • Power Supply Sold Separately

See the Other Ways Optics Are Used in Advanced Medical Diagnostics

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Additional Resources

Application Notes

Technical information and application examples including theoretical explanations, equations, graphical illustrations, and much more.

Optical Filters
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Optical Microscopy Application: Fluorescence
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Fluorophores and Optical Filters for Fluorescence Microscopy
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Optical Filter Orientation
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Custom Bandpass Filter using Shortpass and Longpass Filters
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The Correct Material for Infrared (IR) Applications
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Advantages of Using Meniscus Lenses in Infrared Applications
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