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Energy Efficient Interference Coatings For Infrared Optical Systems
Author(s): Leonard P. Mott
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Paper Abstract

In an ideal infrared optical system, all available energy in the wavelength region of interest would be transmitted to the detector. But, every surface in an optical system distributes incident energy into reflected, transmitted and absorbed portions. The usefulness of interference coatings is based on their potential for altering the properties of surfaces to provide optimum use of available energy. Interference coatings are discussed here with respect to their influence on energy distribution at surfaces. The discussion will include coatings for reflecting and transmitting components, as well as filters and beamsplitters. Theoretical data and measured performance are used to show how well available coatings utilize the energy incident on them.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 1978
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0131, Practical Infrared Optics, (4 May 1978); doi: 10.1117/12.956036
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Leonard P. Mott, Optical Coating Laboratory, Incorporated (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0131:
Practical Infrared Optics
Jerrold Zimmerman; George Speake, Editor(s)

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