Optical Interference Coatings (OIC)

OIC Contests

Following the tradition of previous conferences, OIC 2016 will offer again three contest problems for which participants can propose solutions. 

Design Problem

Jennifer Kruschwitz, University of Rochester, USA
Vladimir Pervak, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Germany

Jason Keck, Newport Corporation, USA
An exciting component of the Optical Interference Coating (OIC) topical meeting is the Design Contest. The contest traditionally presents two challenging design problems to the optical thin-film community. The participating designers can use whatever design software or design techniques they prefer in order to meet the specifications called out in the problem statement. Web base evaluation software will be provided to participants to check their results. An examination of all of the design techniques and submitted solutions provides valuable insights and helps to advance the knowledge base of the optical thin-film community. The design contest results will be presented at the OIC conference in June 2016. The designs and associated designer list will be disclosed.

Download Contest Description (PDF)
Download Design Problem Target (Excel)
Evaluation software: Available November 2015
Submission deadline: 15 April 2016

Manufacturing Problem

The purpose of the Manufacturing Contest is to demonstrate the state-of-the-art of optical thin film manufacturing capability by challenging participants to manufacture a demanding optical filter. The contest has attracted many participants in the past from industries, research organizations and universities since it was first held in 2001. Participants can use any optical designs, deposition techniques and measurement equipment to manufacture the filter on supplied blank substrates according to the specification in the contest description. Two independent laboratories will evaluate the submitted samples only for the required performance rating and samples will be returned to participants at the OIC conference. The manufacturing contest results will be presented at the OIC conference. Like in the previous contests, only the top rated three samples will be named. All other participants will be acknowledged, but not associated with a specific sample.

Daniel Poitras, National Research Council Canada, Canada
Li Li, National Research Council Canada, Canada

Evaluation Team:
Michael Jacobson, Optical Data Associates, USA
Catherine Cooksey, NIST, USA

Download Contest Description  (PDF)
Manufacturing Problem Excel Sheet   (Excel)  
Blank Substrates: Available in November 2015
Submission Deadline: 10 March 2016

Measurement Problem

The ability to measure accurately the performance of optical coatings is essential to the successful design and manufacturing of optical coatings, especially for demanding applications. The OIC Measurement Contest challenges participants to use whatever techniques or equipment available to them, to measure the performance of supplied coating samples according to the specification in the contest description. The samples supplied by the contest are fabricated by durable deposition processes and have passed durability tests before distributed to participants. The submitted measurement results by participants will be presented at the OIC conference in June 2016 in an anonymous manner. All participants will be acknowledged.

Angela Duparré, Fraunhofer Institute Angewandte Optik & Feinmechanik, Germany
Detlev Ristau, Laser Zentrum Hannover, Germany

Download Contest Description (PDF)
Deadline of Request for Samples: 30 November 2015
Submission Deadline: 20 March 20 2016