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Optical materials in powder forms: characterization techniques
Author(s): Carole Deumie; Nathalie Destouches; Michel Cathelinaud; Gerard Albrand; C. Cassagne; Claude Amra
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Paper Abstract

For a large number of specific applications, optical materials must be used in powder forms. In this context it has become highly necessary to characterize the optical and microstructural properties of such powders. Preliminary scattering experiments have shown that the scattering intensity from materials in powder forms could be quite different than that of the same homogeneous materials. In particular we have noted a strong increase in the level of the scattered light that could come from the bulk scattering. Here we show how to use the light scattering techniques in order to separate and determine the roughness and inhomogeneities of the samples. The same techniques are used to determine with accuracy the refractive index and absorption of the powders. In a second step, the same powders are evaporated in thin film forms, and we use classical spectrophotometric techniques to determine their refractive index and dispersion laws. The result are compared and discussed with those obtained with light scattering. In a general way, this study involves surface and bulk theories of light scattering, together with angle- resolved measurements, and atomic force microscopy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 September 1999
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3738, Advances in Optical Interference Coatings, (7 September 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.360110
Show Author Affiliations
Carole Deumie, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Physique de Marseille (France)
Nathalie Destouches, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Physique de Marseille (France)
Michel Cathelinaud, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Physique de Marseille (France)
Gerard Albrand, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Physique de Marseille (France)
C. Cassagne, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Physique de Marseille (France)
Claude Amra, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Physique de Marseille (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3738:
Advances in Optical Interference Coatings
Claude Amra; H. Angus Macleod, Editor(s)

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