This course is a mixture of formal lectures and hands-on tutorials with a computer for each student. The objective is for each student not only to know how to use the computer but also to understand the computed results and relate them to real optical coatings.
There are no prerequisites although a familiarity with high-school mathematics and/or science would be useful.
Optical film behavior is quite different from that of similar bulk material and it is film microstructure that is largely responsible. Film growth, microstructure, crystallinity, interaction with the environment and, especially, failure modes are important course topics. Much of this can be included in a simple yet comprehensive model of film growth.
A further course objective is an appreciation of deposition processes, the effects of deposition errors, and of tolerances.
Accurate design and analysis involve such a volume of calculation that computers are indispensable. The Essential Macleod package is therefore used for this course. It is a comprehensive collection of tools for virtually all aspects of coating design, analysis, manufacture and understanding and each student has a copy to use for the duration of the course. However it is not necessary to possess this software to benefit from the course.
The lecture notes are extensive and have been specially written. Attending the course is the only way in which they may be obtained.
|Fundamentals. Materials. Tutorial on coating design. Introduction to the software|
Days 2 - 4
|How to design and analyze coatings of all kinds. Learn tools for understanding. Prepare for and simulate production. Understand polarization and oblique incidence, color, short pulse effects. How to write scripts. Coating manufacture, microstructure, properties and much more.|
|Reverse engineering, n and k extraction. Tutorials. Any topics chosen by class.|
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