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Applied Optics Feature Announcement

Optical Interference Coatings

Submission Deadline: 1 September 2013

The Optical Society of America is soliciting original papers for an Applied Optics feature issue on Optical Interference Coatings. Attendees of the Twelfth Topical Meeting on Optical Interference Coatings in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, from 16 June - 21 June 2013, are encouraged to submit their papers for consideration. Other papers in the field are also accepted.

This conference, like its predecessors, meets every three years to survey and capture advancements in the broad area of optical interference coatings and serves as a focal point for global technical interchange. It will include papers on research, development, and applications of optical coatings, such as fundamental and theoretical contributions in the field, as well as practical techniques and applications.

Today, optical coatings are regarded as one of the most important segments in optics technology. Coatings can sufficiently improve the performance of the entire optical system and can satisfy the function requirements, and, therefore, is an intensively active research field worldwide. Optical thin films play a dominant role in energy research including solar technology, laser fusion, and nanotechnology. Other technologies include space-based optical systems, display optics, medical applications, and anticounterfeiting technologies. As a direct key for the development of competitive innovations in optical technologies, leadership in optical thin-film technology is an indispensable prerequisite for an economic area of highest technology status. Major resources and those skilled in optical thin-film technology will meet in Whistler to form a critical mass of research and development activities with principal influence on the scientific community.

Topics that will be considered are as follows:

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


  • Coatings for solar utilization, environmental control, energy assessment
  • Coatings for nanostructures 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 astronomical, space, aerospace, and defense applications
  • Coatings for short wavelengths EUV, XUV, UV
  • Coatings for visible wavelengths
  • Coatings for near and far IR spectral regions
  • Coatings for polarization management
  • Coatings for security and decorative applications
  • Coatings for telecommunication components
  • Coatings for ophthalmology
  • Coatings on plastics and flexible substrates
  • Coatings for automotive applications
  • Coatings for extreme light and lasers
  • Coatings for novel advanced applications

Coating and Substrate Materials

  • Smart materials (nonlinear, electrochromic, electroluminescent, metamaterial, etc.)
  • Organic coatings
  • Metal coatings
  • Transparent conductive coatings
  • Composite material coatings
  • Unusual coating and substrate materials, nanostructures

Characterization and Properties of Coatings

  • Fundamentals and simulation of thin film growth
  • Simulation of microstructures and properties
  • Optical and diffractive properties
  • Scattering, absorption, and birefringence
  • Micro and nanostructure properties
  • Mechanical and tribological properties
  • Color and luminescence
  • Stress, adhesion, and cohesion
  • Thermal properties
  • Environmental stability
  • Laser induced damage
  • Optical and non-optical thin film characterization techniques
  • Postproduction characterization

Design of Coatings

  • Computer and analytical design techniques
  • Computational manufacturing
  • Design of coatings for polarization control
  • Multilayers and structured gratings
  • Structured and waveguide coatings

Manuscripts must be prepared according to the usual standards for submission to Applied Optics; see the Information for Contributors in any printed issue or the OSA Style Guide. Manuscripts must also be uploaded through OSA's electronic submission system. All submissions must be submitted to the Optical Technology Division. Please specify that the manuscript is for the Optical Interference Coatings feature (choose from the feature issue drop-down menu).

Feature Issue Editors
Li Li
National Research Council
Angela Piegari
Detlev Ristau
Laser Zentrum Hannover
Markus Tilsch

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