Anti-Reflection (AR) Coatings - BBAR, Multi-Band, High-Efficiency, V-Coat

Anti-Reflection Coating

Anti-Reflection (AR) Coatings


Anti-Reflection coatings on surfaces of optical lenses and windows reduce reflection. They work by controlling the phase of the reflected energy from enough interfaces that the reflected waves from all interfaces nearly cancel one another out, resulting in very low surface reflection.


AR coatings are used in multiple consumer and commercial applications. Many optical devices and displays employ anti-reflection coatings to reduce loss of the transmitted signal or reduce glare.  See the image above for an example of an uncoated piece (left side) of optical glass verses an anti-reflection coated piece of optical glass (right side).


For uncoated glass with an index of refraction of 1.5 and negligible absorption, Approximately 92% of the light will be transmitted through the glass and approximately 8% will be reflected (4% from each glass/air surface). In multi-element systems, losing 4% of the incident energy at each surface can result in a significant overall loss of energy. For example, the total loss for ten common glass optics is over 50%. Optics with higher indices of refraction will suffer even larger reflection losses. Losses are also greater at higher angles of incidence. AR coatings must be applied to each surface to improve reflection losses.


Newport Thin Film Laboratory has developed a vast array of anti-reflection coatings optimized in the ultraviolet, visible and infrared wavelengths. NTFL can design and deposit custom anti-reflection coatings to customer specifications. If you are not sure how to specify your coating, our coating engineers will work with you to identify the best design for your needs. NTFL offers low temperature anti-reflection coatings for polymer optics.


For more information on anti-reflection (AR) coatings such as single layer anti- reflection (SLAR), V-coat (VAR), broad band anti-reflection (BBAR), and dual band anti-reflection coatings please contact us.


Key Benefits

  • Significant reduction of the reflection loss incurred at each surface.
  • Reasonable durability.
  • Performs well for a wide range of applications (e. g., wide wavelength ranges and high angles).  
  • Coatings on Substrate dimensions from 1mm to 550mm Dia.


Substrate Materials

Glass, polymers, and crystals.



AR coatings can be design to meet adhesion, abrasion, temperature, humidity, salt and solubility of various Mil-Spec and ISO specifications.


Laser Damage

532nm:  40.00 J/cm2, 10ns, 20 Hz

1064nm: 20.00 J/cm2, 10ns, 20 Hz

Anti-Reflection Coating in the UV

Custom Options Available

High Angle Anti-Reflection Coating

Custom Options Available

Anti-Reflection Coating - 1064nm

Custom Options Available

Dual Band Anti Reflection Coating - 532nm and 1064nm

Custom Options Available

Triple Band Anti-Reflection Coating - 355nm, 532nm, and 1064nm

Custom Options Available

IR Anti-Reflection Coating on Germanium - 8 to 12 microns

Custom Options Available

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