Nippon Electric Glass Co Ltd developed a glass substrate that it calls 'invisible glass'

Published on 02/11/11

By Bernard Custard

Nippon Electric Glass Co Ltd developed a glass substrate that it calls "invisible glass" and exhibited it at FPD International 2011.

The company reduced the reflection of light so that light can hardly be seen on the glass substrate. When I stood in front of the glass substrate, it was difficult to recognize the existence of the substrate. Many other visitors were gazing at the invisible glass with surprised looks on their faces.

Nippon Electric Glass reduced the the reflection of light by forming an anti-reflection film on each of the front and back sides of the glass substrate. In the case of a normal glass substrate, about 92% of incoming light passes through it, and the rest 8% of the light is reflected on it. On the other hand, about 99.5% of incoming light passes through the new glass substrate. So, only about 0.5% of the light is reflected on it.

Nippon Electric Glass claims that the luminous reflectance of the substrate is 0.1% or lower. For the two anti-reflection films, the company used a total of 30 or more layers. And the thickness of each layer is controlled in increments of nanometers.

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