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June 27
All About Anti-reflective Coatings

What do You Know About Anti-reflective Coatings?

Hello, and welcome back to our blog! Here at Newport Thin Film Laboratory, we deal with a wide range of thin film coating jobs. While the average person may not realize it, thin film coatings are all around us and are used in many objects that people handle every single day. Through our experience with thin film coatings, we have become quite knowledgeable about the different types of coatings and what they are most commonly used for. In today’s post, we are going to focus on one of our favorite styles of coating, anti-reflective coating, and go over some of the ways that it is used in the world today. If at the end of this blog you would like to learn more about our thin film coating services please feel free to visit our main site and browse our services.

Anti-reflective Coatings are all Around us

An anti-reflective coating is a variety of optical coating that is typically applied to the surface of lenses and other optical elements to help reduce the amount of reflection that occurs. This is done to improve the efficiency of imaging systems and accomplishes this task by reducing the amount of light that is lost. Below, we have listed some of the most common items that utilize anti-reflective coatings.

  • Telescopes: Anti-reflective coatings have played a vital role in the development of telescopes and the advancement of astronomy in general. When it comes to telescopes, the ones that are powerful enough to observe celestial bodies make use of mirrors, lenses, and reflectors to both enhance and clarify the image of whatever body is being observed. Anti-reflective coatings are used to reduce the amount of reflections present within the telescope itself, greatly increasing the contrast of the image by eliminating spare light. This becomes especially important in regard to planetary astronomy because the clarity of captured images is important for observation and study.
  • Corrective Lenses: One of the most widespread uses of anti-reflective coatings globally is their application to corrective lenses found in glasses. Coating corrective lenses with an anti-reflective coating helps to increase the cosmetic appearance of the glasses while simultaneously reducing the amount of glare that the wearer experiences. Eliminating reflections within corrective lenses also allows a little more light to pass through the lenses, increasing contrast and visual acuity for the wearer. Occasionally, anti-reflective lenses will include an additional coating that repels grease or water, however, these coatings have no bearing on the anti-reflective nature of the base coat.

We hope that this blog has shed a little more light on the often ignored world of anti-reflective coatings. If you would like to learn more about our anti-reflective coatings services, please visit our website and browse our services section. For years, we have been helping companies and individuals with their thin film coating needs and we are certain that we can handle any job that you may have. Contact us today and let us help you with your needs.

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