Novel material combinations for enhanced infrared filter performance
Hunneman, R. and Hawkins, G. J. (1996) Novel material combinations for enhanced infrared filter performance. In: Applied Optics and Optoelectronics Conference, 16-19 Sep 1996, Reading, UK, pp. 188-193.
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The introduction of non-toxic fluride compounds as direct replacements for Thorium Fluoride (ThF4) has renewed interest in the use of low index fluoride compounds in high performance infrared filters. This paper reports the results of an investigation into the effects of combining these low index materials, particularly Barium Fluoride (BaF2), with the high index material Lead Telluride (PbTe) in bandpass and edge filters. Infrared filter designs using conventional and the new material ombination are compared, and infrared filters using these material combinations have been manufactured and have been shown to suffer problems with residual stress. A possible solution to this problem utilising Zinc Sulphide (ZnS) layers with compensating compressive stress is discussed.