The main limitation in using plastics for optical components is the softness of their surface, which is responsible for low impact and abrasion resistance and for weak adhesion between the film and the substrate. Protecting the substrate with a hard film can increase the impact resistance of polymeric lenses. However, deposition of thin films on chemically cleaned plastic substrates has resulted in fast delamination of the coating. This paper discusses the problems associated with coated plastics, it presents the ion assistance as one of the solutions and it finally identifies the relevant parameters. A hard oxide layer with additional ion pre-treatment is proposed as protection for plastic optics. The adhesion between the film and the substrate has been evaluated by a scratch-test and the hardness has been calculated by measuring the radius of the stylus track.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Surfaces and Interfaces
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Metals and Alloys
- Materials Chemistry
Sarto, F., Alvisi, M., Melissano, E., Rizzo, A., Scaglione, S., & Vasanelli, L. (1999). Adhesion enhancement of optical coatings on plastic substrate via ion treatment. Thin Solid Films, 346(1), 196 - 201. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0040-6090(98)01753-2