28 August 2015 Development of large area nanostructured antireflection coatings for EO/IR sensor applications
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Electro-optical/infrared sensors are being developed for a variety of defense and commercial systems applications. One of the critical technologies that will enhance EO/IR sensor performance is the development of advanced antireflection coatings with both broadband and omnidirectional characteristics. In this paper, we review our latest work on high quality nanostructure-based antireflection structures, including recent efforts to deposit nanostructured antireflection coatings on large area substrates. Nanostructured antireflection coatings fabricated via oblique angle deposition are shown to enhance the optical transmission through transparent windows by minimizing broadband reflection losses to less than one percent, a substantial improvement over conventional thin-film antireflection coating technologies. Step-graded antireflection structures also exhibit excellent omnidirectional performance, and have recently been demonstrated on 6-inch diameter substrates.
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Ashok K. Sood, Ashok K. Sood, Gopal Pethuraja, Gopal Pethuraja, Roger E. Welser, Roger E. Welser, Yash R. Puri, Yash R. Puri, Nibir K. Dhar, Nibir K. Dhar, Priyalal S. Wijewarnasuriya, Priyalal S. Wijewarnasuriya, Jay Lewis, Jay Lewis, Harry Efsthadiatis, Harry Efsthadiatis, Pradeep Haldar, Pradeep Haldar, E. Fred Schubert, E. Fred Schubert, "Development of large area nanostructured antireflection coatings for EO/IR sensor applications", Proc. SPIE 9609, Infrared Sensors, Devices, and Applications V, 96090D (28 August 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2214877; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2214877
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