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Characterization of Optical Materials by Gregory J. Exarhos

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5

Multilayer Optical Coatings

PETER M. MARTIN

    Contents

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Single-Layer Optical Coatings

5.3 Multilayer Optical Coatings

5.4 Stability of Multilayer Optical Coatings

5.5 Future Compositional and Microstructural Analytical Techniques

5.1   Introduction

Multilayer optical coatings are stacked layers of thin-film optical materials designed to perform a specific function in a given spectral range. Figure 5.1 shows a schematic cross-sectional view of the layer structure of a multilayer coating. The layers of the coating usually are composed of two or three different materials stacked in a prescribed sequence. The coatings can be composed of dielectric, semiconductor, and metal layers, and each material may have a different microstructure. ...

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