Field-assisted ion exchange has been used to extend the profile repertoire and to speed the ion exchange process for gradient-index (GRIN) applications. Profiles are predicted for various ion mobility ratios and time-varying electric fields. Profile control is demonstrated by silver for sodium exchange in an aluminosilicate glass. Diffusion depths of the order of a millimeter are obtained in a few hours using modest field strengths.
© 1985 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: January 1, 1985
Published: December 15, 1985
Susan N. Houde-Walter and Duncan T. Moore, "Gradient-index profile control by field-assisted ion exchange in glass," Appl. Opt. 24, 4326-4333 (1985)