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Rapid production of large-area polymeric cold mirror via a simultaneous layer formation process
Author(s): John A. Wheatley; Ray A. Lewis; Walter J. Schrenk; W. Lutz; Gregg A. Motter
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Paper Abstract

Recent technology advances in the processing of polymeric multilayers has made possible the production of an all polymeric cold mirror reflector via coextrusion processing. The simultaneous formation of up to 5200 alternating layers of optically dissimilar polymers allows the continuous extrusion of a self supporting cold mirror at high linear speeds and widths of over 0.6 m (2 ft). The material can be post formed into shallow 3-dimensional reflector shapes, given proper attention to the initial film optical properties, the final part geometry, and forming considerations. The self supporting nature of the film allows it to be wound on rolls and stored for later part fabrication. Reflectance of 95-99% over the visible wavelengths has been achieved with commercially available polymers. The polymers used have high transmission in the near infrared region of 700-2000 nm, and sharp cut- on and cut-offs have been achieved. Uniformity of optical properties across the surface of the film will be discussed, as will thickness, angle of incidence, and temperature effects. The large area capability of this material may make possible applications for heat/light separation not previously viable due to deposition chamber size limitations or the high cost per area of conventional deposition technologies. Scale up of the process to much larger widths is feasible and will be discussed. Prototyped parts and potential applications of this new material will also be covered.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 September 1994
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 2262, Optical Thin Films IV: New Developments, (7 September 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.185798
Show Author Affiliations
John A. Wheatley, Dow Chemical Co. (United States)
Ray A. Lewis, Dow Chemical Co. (United States)
Walter J. Schrenk, Dow Chemical Co. (United States)
W. Lutz, Dow Chemical Co. (United States)
Gregg A. Motter, Dow Chemical Co. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2262:
Optical Thin Films IV: New Developments
James D. Rancourt, Editor(s)

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