Brief History of OIC Conferences

Optical Interference Coatings (OIC)

19 - 24 June 2016
Loews Ventana Canyon , Tucson, Arizona United States

Brief History of OIC Conferences

As we approach the 40th anniversary of the first Topical Meeting on Optical Interference Coatings (OIC), it is instructive to review the history of this important conference as it directly reflects the advancement made in optical interference coatings over the past 40 years. Between the 1950s and the mid-1970s, significant progress had been made in many areas of optical coatings: theory, computer-aided design, optical monitoring, deposition techniques, physical and optical characterization techniques.  With these advances, interference coatings became an essential part of many optical systems and the thin film coating industry began to form across North America, Europe and elsewhere.  However, while thin film activities were a strong component in the Optical Society of America (OSA) annual meetings, there was no conference dedicated to optical interference coatings.
 
In 1976, Philip Baumeister took the initiative and organized the very first topical meeting on optical interference coatings in Pacific Grove, California, USA.  The driving principle was to have a conference where people working in thin film research and the optical coating industry could come together and share their most important findings every four years (later changed to three years). To date, twelve OIC conferences have been held and OIC has become one of the longest running topical meeting series of OSA (with support from other societies).   Over the years, many pioneers and leading experts from countries all over the world in the optical coating field have become General or Program chairs of the OIC conferences (see the table below) or members of the program or advisory committees. Their contribution has helped greatly in promoting this international conference and in ensuring its continuity and growing success.
 
Past Topical Meetings on Optical Interference Coatings
No. General Chair Program Chair Date Location
1 Philip Baumeister, USA V. R. Costich, USA Feb. 24–26, 1976 Pacific Grove, USA
2 J.A. (George) Dobrowolski, Canada   June 3–5, 1980 Oakland, USA
3 J.A. (George) Dobrowolski, Canada Alfred J. Thelen, Germany April 17–19, 1984 Monterey, USA
4 Alfred J. Thelen, Germany H. Angus Macleod, USA April 12–15, 1988 Tucson, USA
5 H. Angus Macleod, USA Charles Carniglia, USA June 1–5, 1992 Tucson, USA
6 Philip Baumeister, USA; Douglas Smith, USA June 4–9, 1995 Tucson, USA
7 Charles Carniglia, USA Brian Sullivan, Canada June 7–12, 1998 Tucson, USA
8 Brian Sullivan, Canada Ric Shimshock, USA July 15–20, 2001 Banff, Canada
9 Ric Shimshock, USA Norbert Kaiser, Germany June 27–July 2, 2004 Tucson, USA
10 Norbert Kaiser, Germany Chris Stolz, USA June 3 – 8, 2007 Tucson, USA
11 Chris Stolz, USA Markus Tilsch, USA June 6 – 11, 2010 Tucson, USA
12 Markus Tilsch, USA Detlev Ristau, Germany June 16 – 21, 2013 Whistler, Canada
         
45 people attended the first OIC conference and presented 31 papers during the three-day meeting.   Since then, the OIC conference has grown considerably and it now regularly attracts over 300 people from all over the world for five days of technical sessions, one day of short courses, a technical exhibit and three optical coating related contests in design, manufacturing and measurement.  With over 180 contributed and invited papers, the OIC conference serves as a focal point for global technical interchange in the field of optical interference coatings.   All aspects of optical coatings are covered including design, deposition technologies, process control, measurement, testing, characterization and, mostly importantly, the broad and ever growing range of applications for optical coatings covering wavelengths from the soft X-ray to the far infrared spectral regions.  To ensure that the advances in optical coatings highlighted during the OIC conference are widely disseminated, a feature issue of the Applied Optics journal is dedicated to the OIC conference.
 
We look forward to the next (2016) OIC conference to be held in Tucson, Arizona and continuing the tradition of bringing the optical field community together from all over the world to share the latest results and advances in the field of optical coatings.