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Characterization of feathering of optical coating
Author(s): Chris Buchholz; David Krevor
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Paper Abstract

This paper discusses a method to characterize feathering and determine feathering quality. The characterization is based upon the change of the color coordinate across the transition region. "Feathering" of an optical coating is the gradual taper, without any discernible boundary, from a coated to uncoated region. There can be various reasons why a thin film optical coating may not be applied to the entire surface of a see-through article. Feathering is necessary when the viewer, looking through a transmissive element, is focused on the far-field and would be distracted by a coating boundary which redirects focus to the near field. Done incorrectly, feathering may produce visible artifacts which are ineffective and objectionable to the user. Examples are provided.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 August 2010
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7786, Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering XI; and Advances in Thin Film Coatings VI, 77860O (20 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.862286
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Chris Buchholz, Rockwell Collins, Inc. (United States)
David Krevor, Rockwell Collins, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7786:
Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering XI; and Advances in Thin Film Coatings VI
R. Barry Johnson; Virendra N. Mahajan; Simon Thibault, Editor(s)

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