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Optical Thin Films

Thursday, February 15, 2024, 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
3 Forbes Road
Lexington, MA  02420
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Jason Bartell
Monthly Talk
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Optical Thin Films
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Optical thin film coatings are an essential part of all optical systems from basic illuminators to high performance optical telescopes. The design, development and production need to be tailored specifically for the application in order to extract the most efficient performance possible. Using E-Beam deposition with Ion Beam assist provides versatility to the coating designer to meet unique specifications. The presentation will show what is involved in translating optical coating specifications to design, production and final qualification. Specifically, tradeoffs in film material selection, parametric modeling, vacuum equipment considerations and effects of process variability. Examples of multilayer dielectric and metal films will be presented from specification through final product.

Speakers Bio
Frank Maldari is the Technical Director for IMPhotonix, Inc. a company he founded in 2003 specializing in custom optical thin film coatings. Prior to IMPhotonix, Frank was President and Product Development Manager at OPCO Laboratory where he developed E-Beam and Ion Plasma coatings. Frank’s background includes a BSEE from Worcester Polytech Institute and a MSEE from Northeastern University, concentrating on electro-optical design. His experience also includes system engineering and management at ITEK Corp., and Inspex, Inc.