9 April 2018 NiCrNx interlayer thickness dependence of spectral performance and environmental durability of protected-silver mirrors
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Abstract
Gemini-style protected-silver mirror (Sub  /  NiCrNx  /  Ag  /  NiCrNx  /  SiNx  /  Air) is a suitable choice for optical instruments requiring both long-term environmental durability and high broadband reflectance. Three Gemini-style protected-silver mirrors with NiCrNx interlayer thicknesses between 0.1 and 0.6 nm were prepared by magnetron sputtering, and the dependences of spectral properties and environmental durability of these protected-silver mirrors on the thickness of NiCrNx interlayer between the silver layer and SiNx layer were investigated in-depth. The reflectance, transmittance and total scattering loss measurements, optical microscope, and scanning electron microscope imaging were employed to characterize the spectral properties and surface morphology, and accelerated environmental tests, including humidity test and salt fog test, were applied to investigate the environmental durability. The experimental results showed that both optical and corrosion-resistant properties of protected-silver mirrors were NiCrNx interlayer thickness dependent, and an optimum NiCrNx interlayer thickness should be ∼0.3  nm for Gemini-style protected-silver mirrors to have reasonably both high reflectance in a broadband spectral range from visible to far infrared and good corrosion resistance for long-lifetime applications in harsh environments.
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Xu Xu, Xu Xu, Bincheng Li, Bincheng Li, Wenyan He, Wenyan He, Changjun Wang, Changjun Wang, Ming Wei, Ming Wei, } "NiCrNx interlayer thickness dependence of spectral performance and environmental durability of protected-silver mirrors," Optical Engineering 57(4), 045101 (9 April 2018). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.57.4.045101 . Submission: Received: 17 November 2017; Accepted: 20 March 2018
Received: 17 November 2017; Accepted: 20 March 2018; Published: 9 April 2018
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