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Diamond-coated ZnS for improved erosion resistance
Author(s): Ralph Korenstein; Lee M. Goldman; Robert B. Hallock; Robert J. Ondercin; Eron S. Kelly
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Paper Abstract

Durable coatings are used to improve the erosion resistance of high performance optical materials such ZnS. Diamond is the hardest and stiffest of all LWIR transparent materials and would make an excellent protective coating for ZnS. Direct deposition of diamond on ZnS by microwave plasma CVD has proved to be very difficult. Atomic hydrogen used in the diamond deposition process attacks and destroys ZnS very rapidly. In order to protect ZnS during the diamond deposition process protective IR transparent interlayers were developed. These layers encapsulate the ZnS and provide a nucleating surface for diamond deposition. Two different methods of nucleating diamond on these interlayers were developed to produce fully dense diamond films several microns thick. The sand erosion resistance of diamond coated ZnS was found to improve when the diamond was deposited on patterned ZnS substrates.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 June 1997
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 3060, Window and Dome Technologies and Materials V, (27 June 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.277042
Show Author Affiliations
Ralph Korenstein, Raytheon Co. (United States)
Lee M. Goldman, Raytheon Co. (United States)
Robert B. Hallock, Raytheon Co. (United States)
Robert J. Ondercin, Air Force Wright Lab. (United States)
Eron S. Kelly, Air Force Wright Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3060:
Window and Dome Technologies and Materials V
Randal W. Tustison, Editor(s)

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