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Durability and optical measurements of hardcoats on polycarbonate
Author(s): John Pina; Chris Buchholz; David Krevor
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Paper Abstract

Hardcoats are frequently used on polycarbonates and other optical plastics to increase durability by improving scratch and abrasion resistance. The current study compares several commercially available hardcoats, both dip-coated and vacuum-deposited materials. Compatibility of the hardcoat with vacuum deposited optical coats is considered. The successive layers of optical coat and hardcoat on the polycarbonate result in non-uniform spectral content and visible fringing effects due to thickness variation and thin-film interference. Experimental results and model correlation are presented.

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Date Published: 11 September 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7061, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XI, 706115 (11 September 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.798285
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John Pina, Rockwell Collins Display Systems (United States)
Chris Buchholz, Rockwell Collins Display Systems (United States)
David Krevor, Rockwell Collins Display Systems (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7061:
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XI
R. John Koshel; G. Groot Gregory; James D. Moore; David H. Krevor, Editor(s)

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