13 July 1988 Problems And Solutions For Coating Plastic Optics
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Proceedings Volume 0896, Replication and Molding of Optical Components; (1988) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.944472
Event: 1988 Los Angeles Symposium: O-E/LASE '88, 1988, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Coatings for plastic optics fall into two major categories in today's marketplace. One is in the opthalmic or eyeglass market, the other is precision optical instruments for industrial or military use. It is in the latter area we will concentrate this paper. The most common plastics used for these purposes are polycarbonates, polymethyl methacrylate and allyl diglycol carbonate (CR-39). They are normally made by casting or injection molding processes. Each of these materials have distinctive properties from one another but share other properties in common. We will discuss problems associated with organic substrates in general, some of the pros and cons of the three materials mentioned in relation to thin film coatings, solutions in dealing with these problems, and finally, examples of coated optics.
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Robert W. Schaffer, Robert W. Schaffer, } "Problems And Solutions For Coating Plastic Optics", Proc. SPIE 0896, Replication and Molding of Optical Components, (13 July 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.944472; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.944472

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