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  • Vol. 41, Iss. 16 — Jun. 1, 2002
  • pp: 3075–3083

Toward perfect antireflection coatings: numerical investigation

J. A. Dobrowolski, Daniel Poitras, Penghui Ma, Himanshu Vakil, and Michael Acree  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 16, pp. 3075-3083 (2002)

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A perfect antireflection (AR) coating would remove completely the reflection from an interface between two media for all wavelengths, polarizations, and angles of incidence. The degree to which this can be achieved is investigated numerically. It is shown that wideband solutions can be found provided that layers can be deposited with refractive indices that are close to that of the low-index medium. Thus realistic solutions exist for interfaces between two solid media. Narrow-band high-angle AR solutions are also possible for polarized light and for unpolarized light in the vicinity of certain reststrahlen bands.

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OCIS Codes
(310.1210) Thin films : Antireflection coatings
(310.1620) Thin films : Interference coatings
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties

Original Manuscript: October 24, 2001
Revised Manuscript: December 17, 2001
Published: June 1, 2002

J. A. Dobrowolski, Daniel Poitras, Penghui Ma, Himanshu Vakil, and Michael Acree, "Toward perfect antireflection coatings: numerical investigation," Appl. Opt. 41, 3075-3083 (2002)

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