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  • Vol. 52, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 1962
  • pp: 753–760

Prediction of Absorption Loss in Multilayer Interference Filters

LEO YOUNG  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 52, Issue 7, pp. 753-760 (1962)

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The absorption loss in a multilayer interference filter or antireflection coating can be calculated from the optical properties of its constituent materials. In the design of such a filter, the absorption and scattering losses are usually neglected. Even if these losses were taken into consideration at the design stage, the resulting performance would probably not be greatly improved; however, it is of interest to predict the change in filter performance when absorbing materials are substituted in an ideal nonabsorbing filter.

The multilayers treated include transmission-type interference filters, both with and without semi-transparent metal films, reflection-type interference filters, and antireflection coatings.

The analysis is made by transmission-line methods. The connection between optical and electrical filters with absorption losses is further treated in an appendix.

LEO YOUNG, "Prediction of Absorption Loss in Multilayer Interference Filters," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 52, 753-760 (1962)

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  7. Two symbols will be used for reflection coefficient, ρ and Γ, and two for SWR, S and ν. The symbols S and ρ go together and will be used (with subscripts) to describe the standing wave patterns inside, as well as before and after, an actual filter. The symbols ν and Γ go together and will be used (with subscripts) as a measure of the discontinuity of individual interfaces; for instance Γ is defined as the reflection coefficient which would be measured at an interface if the two media on either side extended to infinity, instead of forming two thin layers [see Eqs. (2) to (4)].
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  9. The terms "band center" and "center frequency" will be used interchangeably for the center of the passband, which is symmetrical when plotted on a frequency scale.
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  18. Reference 1, p. 148.
  19. The transmission coefficient is of course the same in both directions by reciprocity (see reference 8, p. 552).
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  21. S. B. Cohn, Proc. IRE 45, 187–196 (1957).
  22. Reference 11, Eq. (1).

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