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Coatings 2018, 8(9), 308; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings8090308

Preparation and Spectrum Characterization of a High Quality Linear Variable Filter

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Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130033, China
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College of Da Heng, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
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School of Optoelectronic Engineering, Changchun University of Science and Technology, Changchun 130000, China
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Received: 4 July 2018 / Revised: 21 August 2018 / Accepted: 24 August 2018 / Published: 31 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Applications of Optical Thin Film Coatings)
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Abstract

To meet the requirements for lightweight, miniaturized dispersive optical systems for space applications, linear variable filters with a high transmittance and spatial dispersion coefficient are proposed. The filters were produced with dual ion beam sputtering, where a single layer thickness variation was achieved with a deposition rate adjustment based on a linear variable correction formula. A linear variable trend matching method was used to correct the film thickness based on the reduction of the mismatch error between two materials: Ta2O5 and SiO2. The influence of the spectral and spatial measuring average effects was addressed by sampling the spot size optimization. This paper presents an all-dielectric linear variable filter that operates between 520 and 1000 nm, with an excellent linear dependence of 40 nm/mm over 12 mm. The linear variable filter possessed a 2.5% bandwidth, and its transmittance was found to be >80% at the central wavelength of the band, with a 0.1% transmittance in the cut-off region. These results indicate great potential for optical devices for space applications, and the developed process has good reproducibility and stability. View Full-Text
Keywords: linear variable filter; coatings; dual ion beam sputtering; film thickness correction; spectrum analysis linear variable filter; coatings; dual ion beam sputtering; film thickness correction; spectrum analysis
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Tang, H.; Gao, J.; Zhang, J.; Wang, X.; Fu, X. Preparation and Spectrum Characterization of a High Quality Linear Variable Filter. Coatings 2018, 8, 308.

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