Wire-grid polarizers (WGPs) offer superior extinction, durability, angle of incidence, and heat resistance when compared to traditional organic polarizers. WGPs are found in applications such as high lumen lighting, laser devices, high lumen digital cinema projectors, LED packaging, and other integrated optical applications and are driving the need for over-coatings. Over-coating a WGP has been found to increase lifetime and durability. This research provides lifetime data on coated and uncoated WGPs. WGPs over-coated with 100nm of SiO2, 300nm of MgF2, and with no over-coating were heated to temperatures of 450 ºC, 500 ºC, and 550 ºC and timed until they reached a predetermined optical failure point. The activation energies were calculated by applying the Arrhenius model to the failure data. WGPs with no over-coating were found to have an activation energy ≥ 1.5329 eV, with silicon dioxide an activation energy ≥ 1.7197 eV, and with magnesium fluoride an activation energy ≥ 2.4577 eV. It has been shown that coating a WGP with an over-coating of silicon dioxide or magnesium fluoride slows the oxidation process of the aluminum nano-wires, thus increasing the lifetime of the WGP by 208% and 27,904%, respectively. Parasitic chemical reactions were not found to exist with silicon dioxide or magnesium fluoride when used as an over-coating.



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Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Technology



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MOXTEK, Moxtek, wire-grid polarizer, nano-grid polarizer, lifetime testing, wire-grid, nano-grid, accelerated lifetime testing, HALT, magnesium fluoride, silicon dioxide

Technology Emphasis

Information Technology (IT)