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Diamond-like carbon coating for optical windows

Harshavardhan, KS and Iyer, SB (1994) Diamond-like carbon coating for optical windows. In: IETE journal of research, 40 (2-3). 97-100 .

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Hard, low stress diamond-like carbon films have been deposited by plasma assisted chemical vapour deposition technique, The various substrates include soft IR components like ZnS and ZnSe windows, Gaseous precursors such as propene, ethyl alcohol and acetone have been used to synthesize the films to study the nature of precursors in determining the film compatibility with the underlying component (substrate), The residual compressive stresses, the Young's modulus and the adhesion energy of the films have been estimated to be 10(10) dynes/cm(2), 10(10) N/m(2) and 1000 ergs/cm(2) respectively. To alleviate film failure, a study on the effects of additive gases such as hydrogen and the use of buffer layers such as ZrO2, has been undertaken, The diamond-like carbon films produced here are hard (5000 kg/mm(2)), specularly smooth in the wavelength region from 2.5 mu m to 20 mu m, with no microstructural features and have excellent adhesion on ZnS and ZnSe windows. The figure of merit of these films for aero-space applications has been evaluated by subjecting the film-buffer layer ZnS or ZnSe composite stack to wind, dust and rain erosion studies and by establishing the integrity of the specular IR transmittance of the stack upto 16 or 20 mu m as the case may be.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: IETE journal of research
Publisher: Medknow Publications
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Medknow publications.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Materials Research Centre
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2011 06:05
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2011 06:05
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/36404

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