Anti reflection films fabricated by roll-to-roll layer-by-layer adsorption process

Shiro Fujita, Koji Fujimoto, Takayuki Naka, Seimei Shiratori

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Recently, flexible and lightweight optical devices are desired from the practical viewpoint. We demonstrated roll-to-roll type Anti Reflection (AR) film fabricated by layer-by-layer (LBL) adsorption process. When deposition time was 2.5 min and repeating cycle was 8 cycles, refractive index of LBL layer was 1.499 at 632 nm and thickness was 93.1 nm, which are almost the same as those of batch type LBL layer. The minimum reflectance was about 0.6% at 600 nm and transmittance was over 75% at visible region. However as compared with batch type, roll type AR film has lower reflectance and transmittance. This reason is that the flow of solution and rinse and quantity of rinse was smaller, a number of bathes of roll type was lower than that of batch type. Furthermore, comparing the deposition time and film speed, LBL layer was fabricated clearly long deposition time and slow film speed. The roll-to-roll film had a problem of peeling off during the deposition process. By increasing the contact area between film and guided roll, vertical pressure was decrease and friction force was decreased. Furthermore, as rotational speed of guided roll and film speed was decreased, LBL layer was not peeled by friction force between film and guided roll. Because rotational speed of guided rolls and films were almost same in the range of less than about 30 mm/min. There was the problem that polymer complexes were likely to appear on the substrate when the surface was dried during moving between solution and rinse bath. This phenomenon was observed during the roll-to-roll as well as batch process. The quality of roll-to-roll LBL process was depending on deposition time and film speed and drying at moving process critically compared with batch type. It is necessary to design the roll-to-roll machine with care: important points are deposition time and film speed, drying at moving process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2064-2070
Number of pages7
JournalIEICE Transactions on Electronics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Dec


  • Anti reflection
  • Layer-by-layer
  • Polyelectrolyte
  • Roll-to-roll

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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