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Optical and structural properties of Nb2O5-SiO2 mixtures in thin films

: Janicki, V.; Sancho-Parramon, J.; Yulin, S.; Flemming, M.; Chuvilin, A.


Surface and coatings technology 206 (2012), No.17, pp.3650-3657
ISSN: 0257-8972
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IOF ()
optical characterization; optical property; structural property; material mixture; effective medium theory

Mixed material thin films are used in gradient index optical systems as their refractive index can be tailored to meet requirements. For the system to meet the optical performance requirements, it is necessary to relate the refractive index profile of the design to the volume fraction of the components of the mixture. Here we report that for electron-beam co-deposited Nb 2O 5-SiO 2 mixtures, the most appropriate effective medium theory is Lorentz-Lorenz theory. The optical properties of a mixture are related to the structure of the composite. The structural properties of the mixtures studied justify the appropriateness of Lorentz-Lorenz theory for this kind of effective medium.