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Milestones in optical coating technology: from A. Smakula / John Strong until today
Author(s): Alfred Thelen
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Paper Abstract

The first optical interference coatings were produced about 70 years ago. Since then, the optical coating industry has grown to serve a $2.1 billion market worldwide. There are three requirements to produce good multilayer optical interference coatings: 1. a good theoretical design; 2. at least two reliable coating materials; and 3. production processes which allow the deposition of these materials. A chart of historic milestones in the design of optical coatings was published before (An updated version of this chart is given below). In this paper we make an attempt to develop a similar chart of milestones in optical coating technology (harder, more stable and moisture resistant coating materials) and better production processes (more reliable, more precisely monitored, and allowing large area/high volume deposition).

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 2005
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 5963, Advances in Optical Thin Films II, 596301 (1 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.625235
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Alfred Thelen, Ingenieurbüro Thelen (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5963:
Advances in Optical Thin Films II
Claude Amra; Norbert Kaiser; H. Angus Macleod, Editor(s)

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