Optical transparent polymers are used for technical optics for more than 50 years and currently replace glass as optical material in several application fields. Optical functional coatings like mirrors, filters, beam splitters and anti-reflection coatings gain increasingly in importance. New light sources and head mounted systems need light and effective reflector designs. The paper gives an overview about vacuum coating technologies for metal and dielectric layers on polymers for technical optics. Especially for polymers controlling the complete process chain from injection moulding to storing, coating and shipping decides on the technological and commercial success.
Thomas Bauer, Thomas Bauer,
"Optical coatings on polymers", Proc. SPIE 5872, Advancements in Polymer Optics Design, Fabrication, and Materials, 587202 (18 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.614089; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.614089