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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 30 — Oct. 20, 2012
  • pp: 7319–7332

Modern design tools and a new paradigm in optical coating design

Alexander V. Tikhonravov and Michael K. Trubetskov  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 30, pp. 7319-7332 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.51.007319


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Abstract

Several modern optical coating designs tools are discussed in the frame of a new design paradigm proposing the search not for a formally optimal solution with the lowest possible merit function value but for the most practical solution that takes into account additional feasibility demands. Considered design tools include a stochastic optimization procedure that takes into account upper and lower constraints for layer optical thicknesses. This procedure allows one to obtain multiple solutions to a design problem, which presents additional opportunities for choosing a practically optimal design. Two special design techniques involving integer optimization also take into account additional demands. The first one is aimed at designing multicavity narrow bandpass filters with quarter wave or multiple quarter wave layer optical thicknesses. It enables obtaining bandpass filters with extremely steep transmittance slopes, bandwidths of several tens of nanometers, and very small ripples in transmission zones. The second technique is aimed at covering design problems that have been traditionally solved using the theory of equivalent layers. One more technique considered in this paper is aimed at reducing the influence of noncorrelated thickness errors on design spectral characteristics.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(310.4165) Thin films : Multilayer design
(310.5696) Thin films : Refinement and synthesis methods
(310.6805) Thin films : Theory and design

ToC Category:
Thin Films

History
Original Manuscript: August 7, 2012
Revised Manuscript: September 11, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: September 12, 2012
Published: October 17, 2012

Citation
Alexander V. Tikhonravov and Michael K. Trubetskov, "Modern design tools and a new paradigm in optical coating design," Appl. Opt. 51, 7319-7332 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-51-30-7319

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