Abstract

Thin films are an important and sometimes essential component in many optical and electrical devices. As part of their studies in optics, students receive a basic grounding in the propagation of light through thin films of various configurations. Knowing how to calculate the transmission and reflection of light of various wavelengths through thin film layers is essential training that students should have. We present exercises where students use Mathcad to numerically model the transmission and reflection of light from various thin film configurations. By varying the number of layers and their optical parameters, students learn how to adjust the transmission curves in order to tune particular filters to suit needed applications.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

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1975 (1)

Eugene Hechts, “Schaum’s outline of theory and problems in optics”, 1975

Fowles, Grant R.

Grant R. Fowles, “Introduction to modern optics”, Dover Publications, Inc., 2nd edition, 1989

Heavens, O. S.

O. S. Heavens, “Optical properties of thin solid films”, Dover Publications, Inc.

O. S. Heavens, “Thin film physics”, T. A”. Constable Ltd, 1970

Hechts, Eugene

Eugene Hechts, “Schaum’s outline of theory and problems in optics”, 1975

Pedrotti, Frank L.

Frank L. Pedrotti, J. S., and Leno S. Pedrotti, “Introduction to optics”, Prentice Hall, 2nd edition, 1993.

Pedrotti, Leno S.

Frank L. Pedrotti, J. S., and Leno S. Pedrotti, “Introduction to optics”, Prentice Hall, 2nd edition, 1993.

S., J.

Frank L. Pedrotti, J. S., and Leno S. Pedrotti, “Introduction to optics”, Prentice Hall, 2nd edition, 1993.

Other (8)

Frank L. Pedrotti, J. S., and Leno S. Pedrotti, “Introduction to optics”, Prentice Hall, 2nd edition, 1993.

Eugene Hechts, “Schaum’s outline of theory and problems in optics”, 1975

O. S. Heavens, “Optical properties of thin solid films”, Dover Publications, Inc.

O. S. Heavens, “Thin film physics”, T. A”. Constable Ltd, 1970

Grant R. Fowles, “Introduction to modern optics”, Dover Publications, Inc., 2nd edition, 1989

http://www.sci-soft.com

http://www.dentonvacuum.com

http://www.luxpop.com