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Effect of intermediate layers on atomic layer deposition-aluminum oxide protected silver mirrors
Author(s): David M. Fryauf; Juan J. Diaz Leon; Andrew C. Phillips; Nobuhiko P. Kobayashi
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Paper Abstract

This work investigates intermediate materials deposited between silver (Ag) thin-film mirrors and an aluminum oxide (AlOx) barrier overlayer and compares the effects on mirror durability to environmental stresses. Physical vapor deposition of various fluorides, oxides, and nitrides in combination with AlOx by atomic layer deposition (ALD) is used to develop several coating recipes. Ag-AlOx samples with different intermediate materials undergo aggressive high-temperature (80°C), high-humidity (80%) (HTHH) testing for 10 days. Reflectivity of mirror samples is measured before and after HTHH testing, and image processing techniques are used to analyze the specular surface of the samples after HTHH testing. Among the seven intermediate materials used in this work, TiN, MgAl2O4, NiO, and Al2O3 intermediate layers offer more robust protection against chemical corrosion and moisture when compared with samples with no intermediate layer. In addition, results show that the performance of the ALD-AlOx barrier overlayer depends significantly on the ALD-growth process temperature. Because higher durability is observed in samples with less transparent TiN and NiO layers, we propose a figure of merit based on post-HTHH testing reflectivity change and specular reflective mirror surface area remaining after HTHH testing to judge overall barrier performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 September 2017
PDF: 8 pages
J. Astron. Telesc. Instrum. Syst. 3(3) 034001 doi: 10.1117/1.JATIS.3.3.034001
Published in: Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems Volume 3, Issue 3
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David M. Fryauf, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Juan J. Diaz Leon, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Andrew C. Phillips, Univ. of California Observatories (United States)
Nobuhiko P. Kobayashi, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)

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