SCHOTT and Hinds Instruments collaborate to study polarization artifacts in PV solar wafer materials

Hillsboro, Oregon, November 1, 2011 – Hinds Instruments, a leading global supplier of photoelastic modulators (PEMs), Birefringence measurement systems and polarization analysis equipment, along with SCHOTT Solar Wafer GmbH announced today that they have begun a system development project to study polarization characteristic and stress birefringence in Silicon wafers and PV related materials. Hinds is developing a system based on the award winning Exicor® birefringence measurement systems to operate at NIR wavelength with small measurement point and high spatial resolution, and SCHOTT Solar Wafer GmbH is providing samples and industry input.

Hinds Instruments, Inc. is the world leader in developing and supplying polarization modulation technology for a broad range of applications. With 40+ years of polarization modulation experience, Hinds Instruments PEM-based solutions are proven tools for laboratory and research applications. Hinds’ family of products includes modulators, Stokes polarimeters, Mueller matrix polarimeters, MOKE measurement systems and Exicor® birefringence measurement systems. For more information, please contact Hinds Instruments.

SCHOTT Solar, with its high-quality products, enables the potential of the sun as a nearly inexhaustible source of energy to be utilized. And it’s for exactly that reason that SCHOTT Solar produces important components for photovoltaic applications and solar energy plants. In the photovoltaic industry, the company is one of the few integrated manufacturers of crystalline silicon wafers, cells and modules. In thin-film technology, SCHOTT Solar also describes itself as an advanced supplier due to having over twenty years of experience. And in the production of receivers for solar power plants, SCHOTT Solar sees itself as a market and technology leader. The receivers are key components in large-scale power plants that generate electricity from solar energy centrally on the basis of parabolic trough technology and are able to supply entire cities with power. SCHOTT Solar has production facilities in Germany, the Czech Republic, the USA and Spain. The innovative power and technological competence of the company date back to the late 1950s. SCHOTT Solar is a wholly owned subsidiary of the international SCHOTT technology group. SCHOTT develops special materials, components and systems for the household appliance, pharmaceutical, solar energy, electronics, optical and automotive industries. With around 17,500 employees, the SCHOTT Group generated a worldwide turnover of about 2.9 billion euros in fiscal year 2009/2010.