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Coating processes for plastic optics

A tutorial
: Schulz, Ulrike


Advanced Optical Technologies 3 (2013), Nr.1, S.29-39
ISSN: 2192-8584
ISSN: 2192-8576
Fraunhofer IOF ()
antireflection; plasma coating; plasma-etched nanostructures; plastic optics; stress

Transparent plastics have been used for optical applications with growing demand. This development is accompanied by a desire for extended surface functionalities. Most important optical surface function is antireflection (AR), which is performed mainly by applying plasma-assisted processes. Critical considerations for coating polymers include interaction with emission from plasma and thermal stress. State-of-the-art vacuum processes for coating on plastic, as well as new results of research and development in the fields of AR design and AR structures will be introduced and discussed.