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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 17 — Aug. 15, 2011
  • pp: 16356–16364

Towards new levels for stacking of sol-gel functional coatings

X. Dieudonné, K. Vallé, and P. Belleville  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 17, pp. 16356-16364 (2011)

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High optical performance coatings prepared by a liquid deposition process have been studied with focus on the parameters playing a role on the layer stacking ability. During the development of multilayer optical coatings, defects such as cracks, scattering and a refractive index gradient could appear. In order to understand the origins of these limitations, the investigation was performed on colloidal stacks of single and multi-materials. This study has rendered it possible to define the main process parameters as well as the physical and chemical parameters of the suspensions influencing the stacking capacity. This work is a first step to obtaining evidence of a relationship between the thin film microstructure induced by deposition conditions and the ability to achieve sol-gel thick films with good optical (homogeneous) and mechanical (crack-free) properties.

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OCIS Codes
(310.1620) Thin films : Interference coatings
(310.4925) Thin films : Other properties (stress, chemical, etc.)

ToC Category:
Thin Films

Original Manuscript: April 21, 2011
Revised Manuscript: June 20, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: June 24, 2011
Published: August 10, 2011

X. Dieudonné, K. Vallé, and P. Belleville, "Towards new levels for stacking of sol-gel functional coatings," Opt. Express 19, 16356-16364 (2011)

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