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Perfect mirrors from a coating designer's point of view
Author(s): Charles K. Carniglia
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Paper Abstract

Most quarterwave-stack laser reflectors and IR blocking filters have the capability of reflecting nearly 100 percent of the light over an extended wavelength range at all angles of incidence. These so-called 'perfect mirrors' have been around for many years, but the omnidirectional property has been recognized only recently. This paper reviews the properties of omnidirectional reflectors and points out an interesting feature related to the optimum design that may not have been anticipated from the point of view of an optical-coating designer. It is also shown that the wavelength region of omnidirectional performance of a single quarterwave-stack reflector can be extended by using standard thin-film design methods. For example, four adjacent quarterwave-stack reflectors can provide close to 100 percent reflectance at all angle over the complete visible spectrum. Important features of the designs that limit their usefulness as omnidirectional band-pass or edge filters are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 March 2000
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 3902, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1999, (3 March 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.379331
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Charles K. Carniglia, Optical Coating Lab., Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3902:
Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1999
Gregory J. Exarhos; Arthur H. Guenther; Mark R. Kozlowski; Keith L. Lewis; M. J. Soileau, Editor(s)

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