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Summer Short Course Series

Optical Thin Film Coating Technology

2018 Course Description

  • June 11, Monday Morning
    Design of Single-Layer Films, Dr. James B. Oliver: Index of refraction, absorption, dispersion, coating and substrate materials. Reflectance and transmittance of substrates and single-layer films, optical thickness, and interference. Coherent versus incoherent illumination.

  • June 11, Monday Afternoon
    Coating Techniques, Dr. James B. Oliver: Review of various methods for producing optical films, thin film structure, optical and physical thickness monitoring techniques, uniformity, and process control.
    Review of thin film structure and formation, vacuum environment, and components of a deposition system including evaporation sources, assist sources, and optical/physical thickness monitoring

  • June 11, Monday Evening

    OMEGA TOUR:  LLE, 240 East River Road

  • June 12, Tuesday Morning
    Design-Anti-Reflection Coatings, Dr. James B. Oliver:  AR Coatings: Single layer, two layer, multilayer, and gradient index. Graphical design techniques; computer optimization techniques.

  • June 12, Tuesday Afternoon
    Tour of a large substrate coating facility for high peak-power lasers, Dr. James B. Oliver and Ms. Amy Rigatti:  The students will see three areas: coating, cleaning, and characterization (surface metrology, damage conditioning, and photometry).

  • June 13, Wednesday Morning
    Design-High Reflector Coatings, Dr. James B. Oliver: Dielectric reflectors: quarterwave stack, modified quarterwave stack, broad band reflectors. Order suppression, electric field profiles, rugate designs. Metal films, enhanced metal reflectors.

  • June 13, Wednesday Afternoon
    Design-Band Pass Filters, Dr. James B. Oliver: Short and long wavelength and narrow band pass filters. Band pass filter design techniques: Herpin equivalent index, blocking methods. Metal-dielectric filters and graphical design techniques.

  • June 14, Thursday Morning
    Design-Non-normal incidence, Dr. James B. Oliver: Polarization of light. Incidence angle effects on refractive index and filter design. Polarizing beam splitter and phase control coatings.

  • June 14, Thursday Afternoon
    Methods of substrate motion in a deposition system, Dr. James B. Oliver: Modeling of thin-film uniformity, stresses in thin films, and process control for precision optical coatings.

  • June 15, Friday Morning
    Design: Band-Pass Filters, Dr. James B. Oliver

  • June 15, Friday Afternoon
    Optical Coatings & Color, Dr. Jennifer Kruschwitz: Coating designs used in color applications: lighting, display, anti-counterfeiting and iridescent pigments, color targets, sunglasses, architectural, etc. Color spaces (i.e. 1931 Chromaticity Diagram, CIELuv, CIELab) and color difference formulas.


{Please note: course descriptions and instructors listed above are NOT final, it is possible that circumstances beyond our control could necessitate alterations.}