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Scattering characterization of materials in thin film form
Author(s): C. Amra
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Paper Abstract

The "scattering characterization" that was developed in Marseilles enables us today, with the help of complementary tools (causal model, isotropy degree, ...), to point out the origin of micro-roughness in optical coatings without any ambiguity. Each material can be associated to a key parameter that characterizes its scattering. These parameters can be determined through measurements performed on one single layer, and then can be used to predict scattering in more complex systems. Experimental results (IAD, IP) are presented and show that in most cases, scattering measurement of substrate is sufficient to predict scattering from any coating with a high accuracy. However, at very low scattering levels (under 10-6), this prediction is limited by the presence of local defects in the coatings.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1990
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 1438, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials 1989, 14380W (1 November 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.2294441
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C. Amra, Lab. d'Optique des Surfaces et des Couche Minces, CNRS (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1438:
Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials 1989
Harold E. Bennett; Lloyd L. Chase; Arthur H. Guenther; Brian Emerson Newnam; M. J. Soileau, Editor(s)

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