Thin-film coatings, electro-optic elements and assemblies incorporating these elements

  • US 7,746,534 B2
  • Filed: 08/03/2007
  • Issued: 06/29/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/07/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An optical element comprising:

  • a first substrate;

    at least one thin-film layer deposited on the first substrate, anda boundary-modifying material adjoining a boundary formed by any two of the substrate and the at least one thin-film layer,wherein the boundary-modifying material differs from materials forming the substrate and the at least one thin-film layer, wherein an accumulation of the boundary-modifying material does not exceed ten atomic layers, and wherein the boundary-modifying material includes an element from a group consisting of chalcogenides and pnictogens.

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