SPIE Optics & Photonics San Diego

Every year, members of the optics and photonics community come together for SPIE Optics and Photonics. Members of this scientific community exhibit and discuss everything from optical engineering and applications to nanotechnology and organic photonics. This year’s event featured over 182 exhibiting companies, 11 plenary sessions, 19 job fair exhibitors, 32 Optics and Photonics courses, and more!

EMF, a Dynasil company, exhibited at Booth #436 where and showcased their optical coating capabilities and alongside infrared (IR) coatings expert Frank Minich. EMF showcased their newly acquired infrared (IR) coating capabilities.

Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) is an amorphous nano-composite carbon material (sp3 and sp2 bonds) that exhibits similar properties of natural diamond including low friction, high hardness, and high corrosion resistance.

DLC are preferred across a wide range of applications in the photonics industry where an external optic requires both anti-reflective properties and the durability to withstand harsh environmental conditions. EMF’s custom-designed DLC coating chamber offers coating repeatability and uniformity of ± 1% over a tooling diameter of 360mm. DLC coatings can be applied on most IR materials including Germanium (Ge), Silicon (Si), Zinc Selenide (ZnSe), Zinc Sulfide (ZnS), and chalcogenides.

Applications of DLC Coatings

  • Aircraft and automotive head-up displays
  • First responder protective gear
  • Flight simulators
  • Industrial lighting
  • Solar concentrators
  • Stage lighting
  • Telescope mirrors

Fun Facts:

  • 182 Exhibiting Companies (up 20 companies over 2017)
  • 15,480 sq feet of exhibition space (up 16% over 2017)

SPIE Optics & Photonics Highlights

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