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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 11, Iss. 24 — Dec. 1, 2003
  • pp: 3182–3187

Deposition and characterization of metal sulfide dielectric coatings for hollow glass waveguides

Veena Gopal and James A. Harrington  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 11, Issue 24, pp. 3182-3187 (2003)

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Metal sulfide dielectric thin films have been deposited using dynamic wet chemistry processing on silver coated hollow glass waveguides (HGWs). The sulfides used were cadmium sulfide (CdS) and lead sulfide (PbS); both films have excellent infrared transparency and high refractive index contrast. The thickness of these thin films can be tailored to minimize the attenuation of the HGW over specific infrared wavelengths. We have made both single and multiple dielectric (2 and 3 layer) metal coated HGWs using CdS and PbS deposited over an inner Ag layer. The straight lowest loss measured at 1.55 µm for a 1,000-µm bore Ag/CdS/PbS/CdS HGW was 0.06 dB/m. This loss is three times less than that measured for a single layer Ag/CdS coated HGW at 1.55 µm.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2390) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics, infrared
(310.1860) Thin films : Deposition and fabrication
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties

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Original Manuscript: October 27, 2003
Revised Manuscript: November 12, 2003
Published: December 1, 2003

Veena Gopal and James Harrington, "Deposition and characterization of metal sulfide dielectric coatings for hollow glass waveguides," Opt. Express 11, 3182-3187 (2003)

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