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Studies on thin film materials on acrylics for optical applications

Rao, Narasimha K (2003) Studies on thin film materials on acrylics for optical applications. In: Bulletin of Materials Science, 26 (2). pp. 239-245.

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Deposition of durable thin film coatings by vacuum evaporation on acrylic substrates for optical applications is a challenging job. Films crack upon deposition due to internal stresses and leads to performance degradation. In this investigation, we report the preparation and characterization of single and multi-layer films of TiO2, CeO2, Substance2 (E Merck, Germany), Al2O3, SiO2 and MgF2 by electron beam evaporation on both glass and PMMA substrates. Optical micrographs taken on single layer films deposited on PMMA substrates did not reveal any cracks. Cracks in films were observed on PMMA substrates when the substrate temperature exceeded 80degreesC. Antireflection coatings of 3 and 4 layers have been deposited and characterized. Antireflection coatings made on PMMA substrate using Substance2 (H2) and SiO2 combination showed very fine cracks when observed under microscope. Optical performance of the coatings has been explained with the help of optical micrographs.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Bulletin of Materials Science
Publisher: Indian Academy of Sciences
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences.
Keywords: Coatings on acrylics;dielectric thin films;optical coatings; low temperature coatings;oxide films;antireflection coatings.
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Instrumentation Appiled Physics
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2011 06:27
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2011 06:27
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/40232

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