Department of the Air Force
Air Force Materiel Command
AFRL/RQK - WPAFB
Advanced Infrared Optical Coatings (AIROC)
Brad Kneisly, Contract Negotiator, Phone (937) 713-9881, Email firstname.lastname@example.org - Mark Merrifield, Contracting Officer, Phone (937) 713-9878, Email email@example.com
Significant progress has previously been made under the Advanced Optical Coatings (AOC) and more recently the Advanced Development of Protection Technologies (ADePT) programs to advance the state of the art of optical coatings. The majority of the recent advancements have focused on the visible through near and into the short wave infrared wavelength regions (VIS, NIR and SWIR respectively). One filter example was the development of optical coating process control technology for rugate optical coatings. These unique, graded-index optical coatings had (at the time) never been demonstrated. Initial work was in the fabrication of ‘digital' rugate filters where the effective graded-index profile was composed of a large number of discreet high and low index material layers. Ongoing work led to the development of fully-mixed analog rugate filters where the high and low index materials were blended to create the desired index profile. In this time period, advances in the general optical coating industry lead to three key, enabling technologies:
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