Highly reflective front-surface silver mirrors are needed for many optical applications.
While various protective dielectric coating schemes have been developed, the long-term durability of Ag mirrors is still of great concern in the optics community for a variety of applications under harsh environments. The corrosion protection behavior of a
-coated silver-mirror coating scheme was tested with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and accelerated environmental testing, including humidity and salt fog tests. The EIS data obtained were fitted with different equivalent circuit models. The results suggested that the
coating produced by rf magnetron sputtering was porous and acted as a leaky capacitor on the Ag film, whereas the addition of a
interlayer as thin as
and Ag films resulted in a much denser
coating with a low-frequency impedance value of 2 orders of magnitude higher than that without the interlayer. Humidity and salt fog testing of different silver coatings showed similar results. The
coating exhibited excellent corrosion resistance against the corrosive environments used in this study.
© 2006 Optical Society of America
(310.3840) Thin films : Materials and process characterization
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties
Stability of Coatings
Original Manuscript: March 31, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: July 20, 2005
Chung-Tse Chu, Peter D. Fuqua, and James D. Barrie, "Corrosion characterization of durable silver coatings by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and accelerated environmental testing," Appl. Opt. 45, 1583-1593 (2006)