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Optical Interference Coatings

02 June 2019 – 07 June 2019 Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico United States

Optical Interference Coatings

Like its predecessors, OIC 2019 will consist of five days of oral and poster presentations.  None of the sessions are held in parallel, so attendees can listen to a short presentation on every paper and then choose to visit the posters of greatest interest.  Each session is led off by invited talks by world leading experts.  The conference also includes: three problem contests that demonstrate the start-of-art capability in the design, manufacturing and measurement of optical coatings; short courses that cater to the needs of beginning through advanced levels; a four-day technical exhibition by companies to display their latest products; a special evening technical presentation.  The conference provides ample opportunities for informal discussions and networking.


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)



  • Hooman Banaei, Everix Optical FiltersUnited States 
    Progress in Optical Interference Filters Manufactured by Thermal Drawing
  • Franck Delmotte, Institut d'OptiqueFrance 
    Recent Advances in Cr-based Interference Coatings for EUV and Soft X-ray Optics
  • Massimo Granata, Laboratoire des Matériaux AvancésFrance 
    Progress in the Measurement and Reduction of Mechanical Thermal Noise in Optical Coatings for Gravitational Wave Detectors
  • Harro Hagedorn, Leybold Optics USAGermany 
    Consumer Electronics Industry Demands on Optical Coatings and Equipment
  • Yi-Jun Jen, National Taipei University of TechnologyTaiwan 
    Hyperbolic Metamaterials and Applications
  • Jennifer Kruschwitz, University of RochesterUnited States 
    Results of the OIC 2019 Design Problem Contest*
  • Michel Lequime, Fresnel InstitutFrance 
    Optical Metasurfaces: A New Paradigm for Thin-film Planar Structures
  • Xu Liu, Zhejiang UniversityChina 
    The Role of Optical Coatings in Super-resolution Optical Nanoscopy
  • Georg Ockenfuss, VIAVI SolutionsUnited States 
    Progress in Patterned Filters for Optical Sensors
  • Daniel Poitras, National Research Council CanadaCanada 
    Results of the OIC 2019 Manufacturing Problem Contest
  • Wolfgang Rudolph, University of New MexicoUnited States 
    Nonlinear Optics Using Interference Coatings—Opportunities and Challenges
  • Sven Schröder, Fraunhofer IOFGermany 
    Results of the OIC 2019 Measurement Problem Contest
  • Qing Shen, University of Electro-CommunicationsJapan 
    Optical Coatings for Improving Solar Cell Efficiencies
  • Joshua Smith, California State University FullertonUnited States 
    Apparatus to Measure Optical Scatter of Coatings Versus Annealing Temperature
  • Robert Sprague, Materion Barr Precision OpticsUnited States 
    Challenges in Depositing and Characterizing Large Precision Filters for the LSST
  • Christopher Stolz, Lawrence Livermore National LaboratoryUnited States 
    Trends Observed in Ten Years of Thin Film Coating Laser Damage Competitions
  • Denny Wernham, ESA European Space Research & Tech CtrNetherlands 
    Risk Mitigation and Testing of Optical Coatings for the Aladin LIDAR on the Aeolus Satellite
  • Myriam Zerrad, Fresnel InstitutFrance 
    Characterization of Transmittance, Reflectance, and Optical Scattering of High-performance Interference Filters in the Visible and Near-infrared Spectral Regions

*Co-presented with Vladimir Pervak, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany



General Chair

Li Li, National Research Council Canada, Canada

Program Chair

Robert Sargent, Viavi Solutions Inc., USA

International Program Committee (IPC)

Claude Amra, Institut Fresnel, France
James Barrie, The Aerospace CorporationUSA
Hsi-Chao Chen, National Yunlin University of Science and TechnologyTaiwan
Xinbin Cheng, Tongji UniversityChina
Angela Duparre, Fraunhofer IOFGermany
Henrik Ehlers, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V.Germany
Des Gibson, University of the West of ScotlandUK
Harro Hagedorn, Bühler Leybold OpticsGermany
Karen Hendrix, Viavi Solutions Inc.USA
Chang Kwon Hwangbo, Inha UniversitySouth Korea
Michael Jacobson, Optical Data AssociatesUSA
Yi-Jun Jen, National Taipei University of TechnologyTaiwan
Jennifer Kruschwitz, University of RochesterUSA
Michel Lequime, Institut FresnelFrance
Bincheng Li, University of Electronic Science and Technology of ChinaChina
Roland Loercher, Carl Zeiss AGGermany
Ludvik Martinu, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada
Carmen Menoni, Colorado State UniversityUSA
Claude Montcalm, Iridian Spectral Technologies Ltd.Canada
Hiroshi Murotani, Tokai University, Japan
Ekishu Nagae, Shincron Co. Ltd.Japan
James Oliver, University of RochesterUSA
Laurent Pinard, CNRS/IN2P3France
Robert Schaffer, Evaporated Coatings Inc.USA
Ulrike Schulz, Fraunhofer IOFGermany
Weidong Shen, Zhejiang UniversityChina
Anna Sytchkova, ENEA Optical Coatings LabItaly
Michael Trubetskov, Max Planck Institute of Quantum OpticsGermany
Jue Wang, Corning Advanced OpticsUSA

Advisory Committee

Norbert Kaiser, Fraunhofer IOFGermany
Angus Macleod, University of ArizonaUSA
Detlev Ristau, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V.Germany
Ric Shimshock, MLD Technologies LLC.United States
Christopher Stolz, Lawrence Livermore National LaboratoryUSA
Brian Sullivan, Iridian Spectral TechnologiesCanada
Alexander Tikhonravov, M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityRussia
Markus Tilsch, Viavi Solutions Inc.USA


Keynote and Evening Speakers

Norbert Kaiser

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF, Germany

New Trends and Developments in the Field of Optical Interference Coatings

Consumer electronics, semiconductor lithography, medicine, life sciences, solar energy, architecture, aerospace, automotive, telecommunication, and quantum devices are pushing optical thin film technology to new frontiers, which are far beyond the present capabilities of established deposition processes and production strategies.

About the Speaker

Norbert Kaiser has been involved in optical coatings for more than 40 years. He is the head of the Optical Thin Film Department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF in Jena. Norbert has authored a large number of papers and patents. He edited together with Hans Pulker the book “Optical Interference Coatings” (Springer Series in Optical Sciences) and worked as a chair for many conferences and as an instructor of courses worldwide. He coordinated national and international science projects on topics about optical coatings, their properties and their applications. At the Ernst-Abbe-Hochschule Jena, University of Applied Sciences, he was a lecturer in the fields of Coating Technology and Nanooptics.

David R. Smith

Duke University, USA

Invisibility Cloaks and Other “Impossible” Optics: Metamaterials: From Revolutionary Science to Disruptive Technology

Metamaterials have provided a new framework for the design of optical and electromagnetic devices, giving way to the demonstration of unique materials and structures such as negative index media and “invisibility cloaks.” In this talk, I’ll provide an introduction to metamaterials and an overview of their profound impact on optics and their current transition to commercial products.

About the Speaker

David R. Smith is the James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Duke University, where he also serves as Director for the Center for Metamaterial and Integrated Plasmonics. Dr. Smith is also the founding director of the Metamaterials Commercialization Center at Intellectual Ventures in Bellevue, Washington. Dr. Smith received his doctorate in 1994 in physics from the University of California at San Diego. Dr. Smith’s research interests include the theory, simulation and characterization of unique electromagnetic structures, including photonic crystals, metamaterials and plasmonic nanostructures. Smith and his colleagues demonstrated the first left-handed (or negative index) metamaterial at microwave frequencies in 2000, and the first metamaterial “invisibility cloak” in 2006. In 2005, Dr. Smith was part of a five-member team that received the Descartes Research Prize, awarded by the European Union, for their contributions to metamaterials and other novel electromagnetic materials.  Since 2009, Dr. Smith has continually been named a "Citation Laureate" in physics by Clarivate’s Web of Knowledge. Dr. Smith is a co-recipient of the McGroddy Prize for New Materials, awarded by the American Physical Society, for “the discovery of metamaterials” (2013). In 2016, Dr. Smith was elected to the National Academy of Inventors.


Special Events

Welcome Reception

Sunday, 2 June 2019, 17:30 - 19:00
House of the Hummingbird, Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort

Join us in the House of the Hummingbird for a reception and networking. The Welcome Reception is included in the registration free for Technical Attendees. Additional tickets will be sold for US$65 at the registration desk in the Tamaya Ballroom Lobby.

Conference Reception

Wednesday, 5 June, 18:00-20:00
Cottonwoods Pavilion, Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort

Enjoy the evening with your fellow colleagues and gorgeous views of the Sandia Mountains at the Conference Reception in the Cottonwoods Pavilion.  The Conference Reception is included in the registration for Technical attendees. If you would like to bring a guest, tickets can be purchased at OSA’s registration table located in the Tamaya Ballroom Lobby for US $85.

Meet and Greet the OSA Thin Films Technical Group Leadership

Thursday, 6 June, 17:30-18:30
Hawk Room

Plan to meet the leaders of this OSA technical group to learn about the activities they have planned for the year. Network with your colleagues and be sure to share any activities that you would like to see offered.

In Memoriam

Stefan Günster, Marcus Turowski
Tuesday, 4 June, 15:10-15:15
Tamaya Ballroom ABCD

Mireille Commandré
Thursday, 6 June, 09:55-10:00
Tamaya Ballroom ABCD


Short Courses

Short Courses cover a broad range of topic areas at a variety of educational levels and are taught by highly regarded industry experts. Enhance your meeting experience with this excellent opportunity to learn about new products and cutting-edge technology.

Short courses available for 2019 include:

Short Course: SC227: Understanding the Optical Properties of Optical Coating Materials
Sunday, 2 June, 08:00-12:00

Instructor: Olaf Stenzel, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF), Germany 

Short Course: SC295: Functional Coatings and Nanostructures for Polymer Optics
Sunday, 2 June, 08:00-12:00

Instructor: Ulrike Schulz, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF), Germany 

Short Course: SC399: Process Concepts of Magnetron Sputtering for Optical Coating
Sunday, 2 June, 08:00-11:00

Instructor: Michael Vergöhl, Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films (IST), Germany 

Short Course: SC435: Nano-structured Materials: Fundamentals, Potential Applications and Practical Issues 
Sunday, 2 June, 08:00-12:00

Instructor: Michel Lequime, Institut Fresnel, France 

Short Course: SC298: Manufacture of Precision Evaporative Coatings
Sunday, 2 June, 13:00-17:00

Instructor: James Oliver, University of Rochester, USA 

Short Course: SC400: Thickness Monitoring and Enhanced Production Strategies for Optical Coatings
Sunday, 2 June, 13:00-17:00

Instructor: Henrik Ehlers, Laser Zentrum Hannover, Germany 

Short Course: SC436: Characterization Strategies and Techniques for Optical Interference Coating for Laser Applications 
Sunday, 2 June, 13:00-17:00

Instructor: Lars Jensen, Laser Zentrum Hannover, Germany 

Short Course: SC482 (NEW): Phase Properties of Optical Coatings and Applications, with an Emphasis on Dispersive Mirrors for Ultrafast Optics
Sunday, 2 June, 13:00-17:00

Instructors: Vladimir Pervak, Ludwig Maximilians University, Germany 



The Optical Interference Coatings conference sponsors three contests in the areas of design, manufacturing, and measurement.  Below are the descriptions and submission information for each of the three contests.

Design Contest

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 2019. The designs and associated designer list will be disclosed.
Jennifer Kruschwitz, University of Rochester, USA
Vladimir Pervak, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
Results of the OIC 2019 Design Problem Contest

Evaluation team:                
Jason Keck, Reynard Corporation, USA
Contest description:  Download the Problems Here
Evaluation software:  Available 01 November 2018 to 26 April 2019
Submission deadline: 26 April 2019


Manufacturing Contest 

The purpose of the Manufacturing Contest is to demonstrate the state-of-the-art in optical thin film manufacturing 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 design, deposition technique 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 in June 2019. As in the previous contests, only the participant with the top-rated sample will be named. All other participants will be acknowledged, but not associated with a specific sample.
Daniel Poitras, National Research Council, Canada
Li Li, National Research Council, Canada
Evaluation team:                           
Michael Jacobson, Optical Data Associates, USA
Catherine Cooksey, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
Contest description: Download the Problems Here
Download Manufacturing Problem Target Specifications
Blank substrates: Available in early November 2018
Submission deadline: 10 February 2019


Measurement Contest 

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 process and have passed a durability test before distributed to participants. The submitted measurement results by participants will be presented at the OIC conference in June 2019 in an anonymous manner. All participants will be acknowledged.
Angela Duparré, Fraunhofer Institut für Angewandte Optik und Feinmechanik, Germany
Detlev Ristau, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V., Germany

Evaluation team:
Sven Schröder and Marcus Trost, Fraunhofer Institut Angewandte Optik & Feinmechanik; Jena, Germany

Contest description: Download the Problems Here
Deadline to request samples: 7 November 2018
Submission deadline: 15 March 2019



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