SPIE Optics & Photonics San Diego

Every year, members of the Optics and Photonics industry come together at the San Diego Convention Center 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 Brand, exhibited at Booth #436 where Michelle Henderson (EMF Sales Manager) and Paul Shulz (EMF President) showcased our extensive coating capabilities and key applications alongside our infrared (IR) expert Frank Minich from Optometrics, also a brand of Dynasil. One of the highlights at our booth was that we showcased our 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 is used through-out the Photonics industry where an external optic requires both anti-reflective properties and the durability to withstand the harshest environments. Dynasil’s DLC coating chamber is designed to offer coating repeatability and uniformity of ± 1% over a tooling diameter of 360mm. DLC coatings can be applied on typical IR materials including Germanium, Silicon, as well as Zinc Selenide, Zinc Sulfide, and Chalcogenides.

Industry Applications of Diamond-Like Carbon:

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


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

Social Media Highlights from SPIE Optics and Photonics 2018

SPIE Optics and Photonics 2018 video compilation

For more information, visit dynasil.com!

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