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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 Vision-Guided Cleaning Robots
Cleaning robots can safely sanitize hospitals and other high-traffic areas
They use UV light to destroy viruses such as the novel coronavirus
Machine vision or lidar allow them to autonomously navigate their environment