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Numerical modeling of thin film optical filters
Author(s): Daniela M. Topasna; Gregory A. Topasna

Paper Abstract

Thin films are an important and sometimes essential component in many optical and electrical devices. As part of their studies in optics, students receive a basic grounding in the propagation of light through thin films of various configurations. Knowing how to calculate the transmission and reflection of light of various wavelengths through thin film layers is essential training that students should have. We present exercises where students use Mathcad to numerically model the transmission and reflection of light from various thin film configurations. By varying the number of layers and their optical parameters, students learn how to adjust the transmission curves in order to tune particular filters to suit needed applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 June 2009
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9666, 11th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference, 96661P (5 June 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.2208081
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Daniela M. Topasna, Virginia Military Institute (United States)
Gregory A. Topasna, Virginia Military Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9666:
11th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference
K. Alan Shore, Editor(s)

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