IRDIS (Infra Red Dual Imager and Spectrograph) is one of the scientific sub-systems for the SPHERE (Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch) instrument, to be mounted on one of the four VLT 8-m telescopes in
Paranal (Chile) in 2012. IRDIS and two other scientific sub systems will analyze the resulting high-contrast image with
the aim of direct detection of extrasolar planets. IRDIS covers the near infrared bands Y, J, H and Ks (950-2300nm) and
works at cryogenic temperature. The main observational mode of IRDIS is Dual Band Imaging, where the same object is
observed simultaneously in two adjacent wavebands. For this mode, differential aberrations between the two channels
are critical and filter optical quality is crucial.
In this paper, we focus on the design, production and tests of the IRDIS filters. The deposition technique involves DIBS
(Dual Ion Beam Sputtering) and leads to very compact coatings, with material properties close to those of bulk material,
making these filters well suited for cryogenic applications. The use of an in-situ optical monitoring system in visible and
near infrared range (up to 2500nm) permits to reach the demanding spectral filter specifications (bandwidth, rise and fall
widths, peak transmission, wide band blocking) and to have a good agreement with the theoretical design. Spectral
measurements at ambient and cryogenic temperatures are then presented.