We consider the design problem of creating coatings that are either highly reflective or highly transparent. The goal is to create an optical element, consisting of planar dielectric layers, that reflects (or transmits) energy over a given range of wavelengths and angles of incidence. The approach that we take is to formulate the problem as a minimax optimization problem. We demonstrate that the approach can be effective in producing coatings of a few layers with desirable properties.
© 2004 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: October 17, 2003
Revised Manuscript: April 15, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: April 15, 2004
Published: September 1, 2004
Grant Erdmann and Fadil Santosa, "Minimax design of optically transparent and reflective coatings," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 21, 1730-1739 (2004)