Abstract

Mechanical stress and the structures of SiO2, Al2O3, and HfO2 single oxide layers and of high-reflection multilayer coatings deposited by reactive evaporation, plasma ion-assisted deposition, and ion-beam sputtering have been studied. The stress was related to the microstructure and to the incorporation of water by means of infrared spectroscopy. From the slopes of measured stress-temperature curves of these coatings deposited onto two substrate materials (silicon and fused silica), the biaxial moduli and the thermal expansion coefficients of the films were estimated.

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