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No One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Selecting Optical Coatings

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To maximize the performance of a coating for a given application, a better understanding of coating design and deposition technique is a must.

STEFAAN VANDENDRIESSCHE, EDMUND OPTICS INC.

Optical coating design and performance are critical for a growing number of applications in fields as diverse as biomedicine and astronomy. Coatings can perform a variety of functions, from imparting high reflectivity on telescope mirrors, to controlling polarization and removing unwanted reflections. As laser usage continues to increase globally, the use of laser-specific optical coatings increases in tandem. The ongoing improvements in laser power, pulse length and wavelengths have resulted in new coating requirements, spurring the development of novel coating technologies. TECHSPEC...Read full article

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