Electrochromic rearview mirror incorporating a third surface metal reflector

  • US 5,818,625 A
  • Filed: 04/02/1997
  • Issued: 10/06/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/02/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An electrochromic variable reflectance mirror for automotive vehicles, comprising front and rear spaced elements, each having front and rear surfaces, said rear surface of said front element having a layer of transparent conductive material disposed thereon, said front surface of said rear element having a reflector/electrode including at least a layer of highly reflective silver alloy, where said front and rear spaced elements are sealably bonded together in a spaced-apart relationship to define a chamber, where said chamber contains at least one solution-phase electrochromic material in contact with said reflector/electrode, and where said reflector/electrode is effective to reflect light through said medium and said front element when said light reaches said reflector/electrode after passing through said front element and said at least one electrochromic material.

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