We report the feasibility of glass press molds using high-quality, thick cubic boron nitride (cBN) films prepared in a plasma jet by chemical vapor deposition. A press test using a cBN film for an optical glass is carried out at a high temperature (650 °C), above the glass transition temperature. Surface morphology, chemical composition, and optical transparency of the glass after a press test are examined by atomic force microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, energy dispersion X-ray spectroscopy, and ultraviolet-visible- near-infrared (UV-VIS-near-IR) and IR spectroscopy. The B and N concentrations at the top several nanometers of the glass increase by several at.% after a press test. This is attributed to diffusion of B and N from the film into the glass. The UV-VIS-near-IR transparency of the glass in a short wavelength range (≤ 900 nm) decreases by several % due to light scattering at the roughened glass surface. In contrast, the IR transparency of the glass remains constant despite an increase in the surface roughness.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Mechanical Engineering
- Materials Chemistry
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering