The Hughes liquid crystal light valve (LCLV) is a multilayer-structure device which is a real-time incoherent-to-coherent image converter with various useful applications.
In this thesis, RF sputtered optical thin films for LCLV were studied.
Effects of temperature, oxygen pressure, substrate and thermal annealing on the electrical and the optical properties of the ITO films were experimentally studied.
Cermet light blocking layers with very high sheet resistance ($>100M\Omega/\Box$) and low optical transmission were fabricated by the cosputtering of $SiO_2$ and Cr and its optical properties were measured by a photospectrometer for various sputtering conditions.
The spectral reflectance of a λ/4 multilayer dielectric mirror was calculated, and it was shown that the dielectric mirror may be fabricated with a thickness error less than 10%.