Proceedings PaperLow-loss ion beam sputtered coatings in the nineties
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Dielectric coatings of ultra-low optical loss has been improved by using ion beam sputtering for more than three orders of magnitude within the last two decades. Its fabrication method and kinetic mechanisms are reviewed, and a physical model for the sputtering deposition is described. The manufacture trends and application areas in the 1990s are analyzed and some basic questions are answered.