To mark the first-time successful detection of gravitational wave by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, predicted by Albert Einstein 100 years ago, a special technical session will be devoted to optical coatings for gravitational wave detections at the 2016 Optical Interference Coatings conference (OIC), the world's premier meeting for the global technical interchange in the field of optical interference coatings. The OIC 2016 conference will be held from 19-24 in Tucson, Arizona, USA.
The OIC thin film optical coating community has been actively involved in the development of high quality and especially gravitational wave detector coatings for decades, and has overcome many technical hurdles. Significant progresses in the fabrication of extreme low-loss and low thermal noise all-dielectric mirror coatings for the interferometers, that led to the recent detection of gravitational wave from two colliding two black holes, have been achieved by the community.
It is an exciting moment for all of us since gravitational waves open up a new window for the human race to explore the universe which was never seen before, similar to the discovery of radio waves, and we expect that many more new discoveries will follow. The OIC community will continue to support this exciting and challenging development.
In this special technical session, there will be invited talks as well as contributed papers. All aspects of optical coatings for gravitational wave detections will be covered, including:
- Low-loss and low thermal noise mirror coating designs
- Coating and substrate material selection and characterization
- Deposition process development, monitoring and coating fabrication
- Coating measurement and testing
- New developments in optical coatings for gravitational wave detections
We welcome you to submit a paper to the 2016 conference. To accommodate the special session, the submission deadline has been extended to 1 March 2016. If you need additional time, please notify the conference Chairs and OSA by email as soon as possible.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Tucson in June 2016.
Detlev Ristau, General Chair of OIC 2016, firstname.lastname@example.org
Li Li, Program Chair of OIC 2016, Li.Li@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca