3-5 October 2023______________________10-12 October 2023

5-7 December 2023____________________12-14 December 2023

9-11 January 2024_____________________16-18 January 2024

20-22 February 2024___________________27-29 February 2024

26-28 March 2024_____________________2-4 April 2024

14-16 May 2024_______________________21-23 May 2024

18-20 June 2024_______________________25-27 June 2024

30 July-1 August 2024__________________6-8 August 2024

10-12 September 2024__________________17-19 September 2024

22-24 October 2024____________________29-31 October 2024

3-5 December 2024____________________10-12 December 2024

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Training Courses in The Practical Design and Production of Optical Thin Films

including all of the material in the Books provided with the courses (Practical Design of Optical Thin Films and Practical Production of Optical Thin Films), and Thin Film Design Software with the Design Course. The course will be valuable to new coating engineers and technicians, as well as seasoned thin film scientists and engineers. The tutorial material will also be interspersed with Practical Design and Evaluation Exercises of the various subjects using FilmStar computer aided Design Software on individual computers. For those not currently using FilmStar, this will provide an opportunity to become comfortable with its use and some of its unique capabilities.

Why This Course/Objective

Advanced Optical Thin Films are being used increasingly in communications, Optical Systems, and light control and collection applications. The sophistication of the Optical Coating Industry is advancing rapidly to meet ever-increasing demands for Performance and Production Capability. New Viewpoints, Equipment, and Processes are available to support advanced capability and efficiency. Objectives of this course include: to provide increased knowledge and understanding of the many practical aspects of Optical Coating Design and Production, to give hands-on design experience in the Techniques and Principles discussed, and to elucidate techniques and processes that are commonly successful in meeting optical coating needs.

Benefits for You

This course will enable you to:

  • Firmly Grasp, Visualize, and Use Design Principles and Graphical Methods in Optical Thin Film Design
  • Gain hands on computer-aided Design Experience in applying the Concepts of this Course
  • Understand Fourier Thin Film Synthesis and compare Rugate and Discrete Layer Designs
  • Estimate what can be achieved Before Starting a Design
  • Solve Practical Coating Design Problems in class
  • Select appropriate Optical Coating Equipment to support the needed Processes
  • Be familiar with the Properties and Process Know-How for common Optical Coating Materials
  • Learn about Design of Experiments, Process Development Techniques, and the use of various Ion Plasma Sources and Guns
  • Understand various Monitoring and Control Strategies and their Advantages and Limitations

Valuable Take-home Materials

Mr. Willey’s Books the Practical Design of Optical Thin Films and Practical Production of Optical Thin Films and software for special calculations and graphics will be provided, along with supplementary class notes, and the free version of the internationally used FilmStar design and evaluation software by Fred Goldstein. These can be valuable for future reference.

Who Should Attend, Who Will Benefit

The Course is intended to be valuable to new Optical Thin Film Coating Engineers, Scientists, Technical Managers, and Technicians as well as seasoned Thin Film Scientists who are involved in Design, Development, and Production of Optical Thin Films. Basic Principles are laid out from the beginning for those new to the field. The evolution of the topics then moves into Material and Techniques useful to even more Experienced Practitioners. No extensive background in mathematics or physics is required; extensive Graphical Illustrations are used.

If any of these Courses would be of interest to you, please e-mail us at:  or call (231) 237-9392.