This paper introduces a method for synthesis of optical thin-film coatings aimed at both simplicity and versatility. Implementation of the method in a computer program allows the designer to build a multilayer interactively by successive construction of special four-layer modules. Each added module effects an exact transformation at a single wavelength from an initial point in the complex reflectance plane to a desired target point. The computational algorithm is practical for use on a small computer yet yields good results without the need for starting designs. Several synthesis examples are presented.
© 1983 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: August 3, 1983
Published: December 15, 1983
William E. Case, "New synthesis method for optical thin-film coatings," Appl. Opt. 22, 4111-4117 (1983)