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Appl Opt. 2007 Sep 10;46(26):6533-8.

Design of optical path for wide-angle gradient-index antireflection coatings.

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  • 1Graduate Institute of Electro-Optical Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan.


What we believe to be a new principle is introduced for the design and selection of gradient-index antireflection profiles that are effective over a wide range of incident angles as well as wavelengths at a given physical film thickness. It is shown that at oblique incidence the smoothness of the optical path of incident light inside a gradient-index film has a crucial effect on the overall reflection. Thus the smoothness of variations in refractive angle (rather than that of the index profile itself) needs to be maximized for wide-angle operation. As an example, the performance of Gaussian and Quintic profiles at large incident angles are considered in light of this point of view.

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