Special Issue "Applications of Optical Thin Film Coatings"
A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 December 2018
Dr. Shigeng Song
Institute of Thin Films, Sensors & Imaging, School of Engineering and Computing, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley PA1 2BE, UK
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Interests: A wide range of thin film aspects from: material science, deposition process, characterization, to applications including material, device simulation and modelling; with particular interests in the applications of optical interference filters, sensors, hyperspectral imaging, photovoltaics, SERS based on sculptured nano thin films, flexible electronics, etc.
Prof. Dr. Desmond Gibson
The scope of this Special Issue, "Applications of Optical Thin Film Coatings", can range from thin film inorganic/organic materials studies for optimizing optical properties/novel materials, deposition process development, thin film characterizations, to the applications of optical thin films and coatings.
Optical thin film history can be traced back to 1817, when the antireflection effect of a single layer on glass was first discovered by Fraunhofer. Since then, significant progress has been made in optical thin films and coatings. Particularly modern optical thin films/coatings not only attract extensive attention for academic research; they are also integral to modern electronics (e.g., mobile devices) and command a significant share in the industry.
Demand for novel material development is driven by increasing application requirements: Novel properties, and better performance. For example, ultra-low absorption and mechanical loss optical coatings for high performance interferometry mirror for gravitational wave detection. Apart from traditional two-dimensional thin films/coatings, nano-structured films are also important in the following applications: Inorganic/organic hybrid coatings for the next generation LED, sculpted nano-metal film for Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS), heterogeneous nano-structure and quantum dots for photonics application, and much more.
There is a wide range of applications using optical thin films and coatings, just to name a few: Telecommunications, photovoltaics, photonic devices, sensors, lasers, displays/lighting, security devices, ophthalmics, automotive optics, building, and biological and biomedical applications. Due to increasing industrial demands, the range of applications is expected to expand.
This Special Issue will provide a forum for original research, critical reviews and perspectives in the area of optical thin films and coatings and its applications from both academia and industry. In particular, the topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Optical thin film material developments
- Thin film material characterization
- Nano-structured thin films
- Linear and nonlinear optical thin films
- Optical Metamaterials
- Novel coating materials
- Multifunctional coatings (optical combined with other functions)
- Optical thin film/coating process
- Real-time process monitoring and control of optical coating processes
- Coatings on polymers and special substrate materials
- Optical coatings for telecommunications
- Optical coatings for photovoltaic cells
- Optical coatings for photonic and sensor devices
- Optical coatings for displays and lighting
- Optical coatings for laser applications; high power and/or short pulse duration control
- Optical coatings for aerospace and space applications
- Optical coatings for security devices
- Optical coatings for automotive and building
- Optical coatings for biological and medical applications
Dr. Shigeng Song
Prof. Dr. Desmond Gibson
Manuscript Submission Information
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