This chapter catalogs a number of common thin film design types. This list is intended to be generic in nature to give the reader some idea as to the possibilities that are available. It cannot be overemphasized that these are only generic designs, and that they can be, and in most cases should be, adjusted and optimized by a competent thin film designer for a particular problem. An almost infinite variety of designs can be made by combining simpler design types. The reader who has an interest in thin film design techniques is referred to a companion volume in this series: Design of Optical Interference Coatings by A. Thelen.
The order of the following designs has no particular significance. The more frequently used ones are listed first and the less commonly used ones follow.
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