Topic Categories

Deposition Process Technologies
Coating and Substrate Materials
Characterization and Properties of Coatings
Design of Coatings

1. Deposition Process Technologies

  • Process control, monitoring, and automation
  • Low and high energy deposition techniques
  • Industrial sputtered metal and dielectric coatings
  • Pulsed deposition processes
  • Novel deposition methods
  • Substrate cleaning, coating post-treatment techniques and contamination
  • Patterning processes for coatings and filters

2. Applications

  • Coatings for sensing: Lidar, gas, fluorescence, Raman scattering, and other
  • Coatings for energy management: solar cell and low-emissivity (low-e) coatings
  • Coatings for micro- and nano-structures, meta materials and photonic crystals
  • Coatings for micro-opto-electro-mechanical-systems (MOEMS)
  • Coatings for displays and lighting applications
  • Coatings for biological and medical applications
  • Coatings for astronomy, space, and gravitational wave detection
  • Coatings for aerospace and defense applications
  • Coatings for short wavelengths: ultraviolet (UV), extreme ultraviolet (EUV or XUV), and X-ray
  • Coatings for visible wavelengths
  • Coatings for near and far IR spectral regions
  • Coatings for polarization management
  • Coatings for security and decorative applications
  • Coatings for telecom and datacom applications
  • Coatings for color management and ophthalmology
  • Coatings on plastics and flexible substrates
  • Coatings for automotive applications
  • Coatings for ultrafast lasers
  • Coatings for extreme light and lasers
  • Coatings for novel advanced applications

3. Coating and Substrate Materials

  • Smart materials (nonlinear, electrochromic, electroluminescent, etc.)
  • Micro- and nano-structures, metamaterials and photonic crystals
  • Organic coatings
  • Metal coatings
  • Transparent conductive coatings
  • Composite material coatings
  • Unusual coating and substrate materials

4. Characterization and Properties of Coatings

  • Optical properties: transmission, reflection, absorption and scattering
  • Birefringence and nonlinearity
  • Optical and non-optical thin film characterization techniques
  • Micro and nanostructure properties
  • Fundamentals of thin film growth and simulations 
  • Mechanical and tribological properties: stress, hardness, adhesion and cohesion
  • Mechanical thermal noise and energy dissipation
  • Color properties and luminescence
  • Thermal properties
  • Environmental stability and testing
  • Laser induced damage
  • Postproduction characterization

5. Design of Coatings

  • Analytical and computer-based design techniques
  • Deposition and manufacturing simulations
  • Design of coatings for polarization control
  • Design of coatings for phase control: ultrafast laser coatings
  • Design of nanostructured coatings, metamaterials, and metasurfaces
  • Design of coatings incorporating inhomogeneous, anisotropic, or non-linear materials 
  • Design of coatings for waveguides, fibers, and laser facet coatings

Other Topics in Optical Coatings (not listed above)

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