This course is now scheduled for 21-25 July 2014 in Aalen Germany and 15-19 September 2014 in Tucson AZ.
Modern optical coatings have moved far from the old mysterious, empirical, subject with its apparent unpredictable sensitivity to good fortune and to the weather. Today, we have advanced theoretical models for optical thin films and their behavior that help us enormously in our understanding. Because of the complexity of the phenomena and their accompanying theory, the theory is best employed in the form of powerful computer models. Success in thin films implies not only practical skill and knowledge but also an ability to use and manipulate these computer models to derive designs, manufacturing programs, extraction of material properties, performance predictions and even failure analysis.
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