5 June 2018 Effects of adhesion layer composition on the environmental durability of protected silver mirrors
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While various layer schemes have been developed to protect thin film silver mirrors from tarnish and corrosion, the mechanisms by which these protective layers improve mirror durability are not fully understood. Mixed flowing gas exposure of plasma beam sputtered silver mirrors was used to investigate how the composition of the very thin adhesion layer changes the mechanism of corrosion feature growth. Two model mirror coatings were analyzed in which the composition of the base layer below the silver and the adhesion layer above were varied. Optical measurements and microscopy, SEM, TEM, and EDS were used to characterize the compositional and chemical effects at the layer interfaces. Large circular corrosion features formed along the silver-chromium interfaces; the addition of nickel to the layers on either side of the silver limited the growth of these features, but resulted in the corrosive attack of the silver itself.
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Kelsey A. Folgner, Kelsey A. Folgner, Chung-Tse Chu, Chung-Tse Chu, Scott D. Sitzman, Scott D. Sitzman, Sean C. Stuart, Sean C. Stuart, Zachary R. Lingley, Zachary R. Lingley, James D. Barrie, James D. Barrie, } "Effects of adhesion layer composition on the environmental durability of protected silver mirrors", Proc. SPIE 10691, Advances in Optical Thin Films VI, 106910X (5 June 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2323720; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2323720

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