Leaky modes in lithium fluoride thick films thermally evaporated on glass

M.A. Forastiere, R.M. Montereali, A. Pace, S. Pelli, M. Piccinini, G.C. Righini

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Polycrystalline thick lithium fluoride (LiF) films have been grown by thermal evaporation on heated glass substrates. Excellent agreement between the values obtained from effective index measurements carried out by the m-line technique and those provided by computer simulations has shown that leaky modes are supported by these dielectric films, as they have a gradually increasing refractive index distribution along the thickness moving from the substrate interface towards the air interface. In some cases the films present also optical anisotropy which results in TM modes having higher effective indices than TE ones. © 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249 - 256
Number of pages8
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number1-6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2003
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Forastiere, M. A., Montereali, R. M., Pace, A., Pelli, S., Piccinini, M., & Righini, G. C. (2003). Leaky modes in lithium fluoride thick films thermally evaporated on glass. Optics Communications, 217(1-6), 249 - 256. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0030-4018(03)01163-5