Abstract

Ion beam interference coating (IBIC) is a sputter-deposition process for multiple layers of optical thin films employing a Kaufman gun. It has achieved coatings of extremely low optical loss and high mechanical strength. It has many potential applications for a wide spectral range. This coating process is described in terms of principle, fabrication procedure, and optical measurements. Some discussions follow the history and outlooks of IBIC with emphasis on how to achieve low loss and on the throughput improvements.

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