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27 June 1997 Improving electro-optic window reliability with DIACER coatings
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Most commercial diamond synthesis processes involve some form of chemical vapor deposition (CVD) which results in heterogeneous nucleation on the surface of window or dome materials. Generally, these processes have relatively long deposition times driven by the slow CVD kinetics. An alternate method called DIACERTM uses an aqueous seed crystal dispersion applied to the window substrates prior to CVD. These seed crystals reduce nucleation times and speed CVD deposition rates. Thicker coatings can be produced by repeating the seeding/CVD cycle until the required thickness is achieved. This paper reviews DIACERTM coating results on silicon substrates. Scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy images of images of the coatings are presented. IR transmission results are presented both before and after sand and rain erosion exposures. The results of this testing will show DICERTM coatings to durable for the protection of silicon substrates after exposure to severe sand environments.
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M. L. Carasso, J. H. Adair, P. A. Demkowicz, D. G. Gilbert, and Rajiv K. Singh "Improving electro-optic window reliability with DIACER coatings", Proc. SPIE 3060, Window and Dome Technologies and Materials V, (27 June 1997);


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