Description

Optical coatings, including mirrors, anti-reflection coatings, beam splitters, and filters, are an integral part of most modern optical systems. Optical thin films and coatings provides an overview of thin film materials, the properties, design and manufacture of optical coatings and their use across a variety of application areas.

Part one explores the design and manufacture of optical coatings. Part two highlights unconventional features of optical thin films including scattering properties of random structures in thin films, optical properties of thin film materials at short wavelengths, thermal properties and colour effects. Part three focusses on novel materials for optical thin films and coatings and includes chapters on organic optical coatings, surface multiplasmonics and optical thin films containing quantum dots. Finally, applications of optical coatings, including laser components, solar cells, displays and lighting, and architectural and automotive glass, are reviewed in part four.

Optical thin films and coatings is a technical resource for researchers and engineers working with optical thin films and coatings, professionals in the security, automotive, space and other industries requiring an understanding of these topics, and academics interested in the field.

Key Features

  • An overview of the materials, properties, design and manufacture of thin films
  • Special attention is given to the unconventional features and novel materials of optical thin films
  • Reviews applications of optical coatings including laser components, solar cells, glasing, displays and lighting

Readership

Graduate students, postdoctoral students, professors, and researchers in industrial and government laboratories who are interested in the use of thin films as optical coatings, in waveguide technology, and as a protection against oxidation, among other applications; Optical engineers and physicists in research and development of coatings and optics

Table of Contents

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Woodhead Publishing Series in Electronic and Optical Materials

Preface

Part I: Design and manufacturing of optical thin films and coatings

Chapter 1: Recent developments in deposition techniques for optical thin films and coatings

Abstract:

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Early processes for the deposition of optical coatings

1.3 The energetic processes

1.4 Cathodic arc evaporation

1.5 Pulsed laser deposition

1.6 Chemical vapor deposition

1.7 Atomic layer deposition

1.8 Sol–gel processes

1.9 Etching

1.10 Other techniques

1.11 Conclusion

Chapter 2: Design of complex optical coatings

Abstract:

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Modern numerical thin film synthesis techniques

2.3 Manufacturability issues

2.4 Hybrid design

2.5 Conclusion

2.6 Acknowledgements

Chapter 3: Optical monitoring strategies for optical coating manufacturing

Abstract:

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Classification of optical monitoring strategies

3.3 Turning point optical monitoring and error self-compensation effect

3.4 Level monitoring: passive and active monochromatic monitoring strategies

3.5 Direct broad band optical monitoring

3.6 Indirect optical monitoring strategies

3.7 Conclusion

Chapter 4: Production strategies for high-precision optical coatings

Abstract:

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Basic concept of deterministic production

4.3 Optical broad band monitoring

4.4 Virtual deposition system

4.5 Direct on-line correction tools

4.6 Design stability in production processes

4.7 Deposition control of coating systems with continuous refractive index variation

4.8 Conclusion

Part II: Unconventional features of optical thin films and coatings

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Details

No. of pages:
864
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2013
Published:
Imprint:
Woodhead Publishing
Print ISBN:
9780857095947
Electronic ISBN:
9780857097316

About the editors

François Flory

François Flory is Professor at Ecole Centrale Marseille and performs his research at the Institut Matériaux, Microélectronique et Nanosciences de Provence, France.

Angela Piegari

Dr Angela Piegari is Head of the Optical Coatings Laboratory at ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development), Italy.

Reviews

"This book presents the reader with a delightful stroll through a wealth of diverse topics relating to optical thin films and coatings, including applications to mirrors, beam splitters and filters. The text’s numerous illustrations and examples provide the target audience of researchers, graduate students and engineers with a rich technical resource."--Optics & Photonics News online, April 9, 2014