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Brief History of OIC Conferences

The first Topical Meeting on Optical Interference Coatings was held more than 40 years ago in response to the growing need for researchers working in the field to have a more focused platform to communicate and to present their work. 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, thirteen 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 24 - 26 February 1976 Pacific Grove, USA
2 J.A. (George) Dobrowolski, Canada   3 - 5 June 1980 Oakland, USA
3 J.A. (George) Dobrowolski, Canada Alfred J. Thelen, Germany 17 - 19 April 1984 Monterey, USA
4 Alfred J. Thelen, Germany H. Angus Macleod, USA 12 - 15 April 1988 Tucson, USA
5 H. Angus Macleod, USA Charles Carniglia, USA 1 - 5 June 1992 Tucson, USA
6 Philip Baumeister, USA; Douglas Smith, USA 4 - 9 June 1995 Tucson, USA
7 Charles Carniglia, USA Brian Sullivan, Canada 7 - 12 June 1998 Tucson, USA
8 Brian Sullivan, Canada Ric Shimshock, USA 15 - 20 July 2001 Banff, Canada
9 Ric Shimshock, USA Norbert Kaiser, Germany 27 June – 2 July 2004 Tucson, USA
10 Norbert Kaiser, Germany Chris Stolz, USA 3 - 8 June 2007 Tucson, USA
11 Chris Stolz, USA Markus Tilsch, USA 6 - 11 June 2010 Tucson, USA
12 Markus Tilsch, USA Detlev Ristau, Germany 16 – 21 June 2013 Whistler, Canada
13 Detlev Ristau, Germany Li Li, Canada 19 - 24 June 2016 Tucson, USA
14 Li Li, Canada Robert Sargent, United States 2 - 7 June 2019 Santa Ana Pueblo, USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 OIC 2019 conference to be held at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort near Albuquerque, New Mexico, 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.
  
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