Optically transparent and durable Al2O3 coatings for harsh environments by ultra short pulsed laser deposition
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CitationKorhonen Hannu. Syväluoto Aki. Leskinen Jari TT. Lappalainen Reijo. (2017). Optically transparent and durable Al2O3 coatings for harsh environments by ultra short pulsed laser deposition. Optics and Laser Technology, 98, 373-384. 10.1016/j.optlastec.2017.07.050.
Nowadays, an environmental protection is needed for a number of optical applications in conditions quickly impairing the clarity of optical surfaces. Abrasion resistant optical coatings applied onto plastics are usually based on alumina or polysiloxane technology. In many applications transparent glasses and ceramics need a combination of abrasive and chemically resistant shielding or other protective solutions like coatings. In this study, we intended to test our hypothesis that clear and pore free alumina coating can be uniformly distributed on glass prisms by ultra short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) technique to protect the sensitive surfaces against abrasives. Abrasive wear tests were carried out by the use of SiC emery paper using specified standard procedures. After the wear tests the measured transparencies of coated prisms turned out to be close those of the prisms before coating. The coating on sensitive surfaces consistently displayed enhanced wear resistance exhibiting still high quality, even after severe wear testing. Furthermore, the coating modified the surface properties towards hydrophobic nature in contrast to untreated prisms, which became very hydrophilic especially due to wear.