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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 41, Iss. 16 — Jun. 1, 2002
  • pp: 3107–3110

Antireflection coating design for plastic optics

Ulrike Schulz, Uwe B. Schallenberg, and Norbert Kaiser  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 16, pp. 3107-3110 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.41.003107


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Abstract

The coating of plastics for optical applications is intended to improve the mechanical durability of soft polymers and to serve an antireflection function. Usually a classic four-layer antireflection system is added on top of a single-layer hard coating. With needle optimization, an alternative coating design has been developed. The design is characterized by thin high-refractive-index layers that are almost evenly distributed over the whole stack. Plasma ion-assisted deposition was used to deposit coatings upon poly(methyl methacrylate), polycarbonate, and cyclo-olefin copolymer. Uniform antireflection and high scratch resistance have been achieved.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(310.1210) Thin films : Antireflection coatings
(310.1860) Thin films : Deposition and fabrication

History
Original Manuscript: September 27, 2001
Revised Manuscript: January 3, 2002
Published: June 1, 2002

Citation
Ulrike Schulz, Uwe B. Schallenberg, and Norbert Kaiser, "Antireflection coating design for plastic optics," Appl. Opt. 41, 3107-3110 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-41-16-3107

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