Al-Ni-Y-X (X = Cu, Ta, Zr) metallic glass composite thin films for broad-band uniform reflectivity

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)194-197
Journal / PublicationThin Solid Films
Issue numberP1
Online published16 Oct 2014
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes


The Al-Ni-Y-X (X = Cu, Ta, Zr) thin film metallic glasses are manufactured by sputtering, and their optical reflectivity characteristics are explored. The relationship among composition, atomic structure and reflectivity performance is established. Compared with pure Al films, the Al-Ni-Y film surface roughness is much lower and hardness is much higher, more suitable for optical reflector applications. For composite Al-Ni-Y films, the reflectance varies within 80-91%. For fully amorphous films, the reflectivity exhibits unusual uniform reflection at ~70%, perfect for broad-band reflector.

Research Area(s)

  • Aluminum alloy, Metallic glass, Optical reflectivity, Optical reflector, Sputtering, Thin films