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Analytical design of multicycle broadband AR coatings
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Normal-incidence multicycle broadband AR coatings on glass with low residual over the wavelength region 400 nm to 800 nm are theoretically discussed. Using the method of effective interfaces and the concept of equivalent index layers a 4-layer design sub(AHBL)air is expanded into the designs sub[AH(C2LC)2BL]air where A, B, C, H, and L are quarter-wave layers with refractive indices nH equals 1.38, nL equals 2.35, and nL < n(Lambda ), bB, nC, < nH. These designs represent 1-cycle, 2- cycle, and 3-cycle broadband AR coatings and perform a residual reflectance of 0.20 percent, 0.14 percent, and 0.10 percent, respectively. Four other designs demonstrate the approach at other wavelength regions. In one example, all quarter-wave layers with refractive indices in-between nL and nH are analytically substituted using equivalent index layers to get two-material multilayers suitable for practical applications. After this, the design is refined with respect to the optical thickness whereby the layer number is fixed. The resulting design consists of 18 layers and performs an average residual reflectance 0.085 percent over the region 400 nm to 800 nm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 September 1999
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3738, Advances in Optical Interference Coatings, (7 September 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.360085
Show Author Affiliations
Uwe B. Schallenberg, mso jena Mikroschichtoptik GmbH (Germany)
Stefan Jakobs, mso jena Mikroschichtoptik GmbH (Germany)
Norbert Kaiser, Fraunhofer Institut fuer Angewandte Optik und Feinmechanik (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3738:
Advances in Optical Interference Coatings
Claude Amra; H. Angus Macleod, Editor(s)

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