Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC)
DLC coatings are used across many industries in magnetic storage disks, car and engine parts, biomedical implants, and cutting and forming tools. They are a preferred choice in defense and security applications where the external optic necessitates anti-reflective properties and demands high durability to withstand harsh environmental conditions.
While inherent property concerns of DLC, such as compressive stress, can be controlled with process input settings, the real Achilles heel of a DLC coating are Pinholes – common to systems that coat up.
Our custom-designed DLC coating chamber deposits the carbon towards the top of the chamber which results in optical coatings with virtually zero pinholes. In addition, we use the Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PE-CVD) technique which results in a better quality product. The process also eliminates the 4 most common customer issues associated with coatings – pinholes, uniformity, stress and adhesion.
Our state-of-the-art coating chamber uses a proprietary deposition technique that enables us to coat typical IR substrates like Germanium (Ge), Silicon (Si), Zinc Selenide (ZnSe) and Sinc Sulfide (ZnS), and even chalcogenides with confidence. We have successfully coated chalcogenide-based optics for some of the most demanding commercial and military applications.
We look forward to learning more about your challenges and discussing how we may help solve them. Call 1-833-IR-FRANK or email email@example.com if you are facing challenges coating your IR optics.