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Next-Generation Optics and Coating Technology


Precision optics are used in a variety of industrial, scientific, medical, astronomical, and military/defense applications. In addition to material selection and rigorous design specifications, their performance is often enhanced by the addition of thin film coatings, but how do you know which types of optics will work best for your application and which coatings will deliver the best performance? This 60-minute Webinar from the editors of Tech Briefs will examine those questions.

Topics include:

  • A comparison of different coating technologies’ (ebeam, IAD, IBS) advantages and disadvantages
  • Measuring and monitoring technologies used in the coating process (past, present, and future)
  • Key considerations for and unique challenges of ultrafast laser coatings
  • Importance of optimized dispersion for ultrafast laser optics
  • How to reduce the likelihood of laser-induced damage in a system
  • Customizing optical coatings for a 3D visual application
  • Manufacturing and capability requirements and challenges of fabricating a broadband, non-polarizing cube beamsplitter, including a step-by-step process for an optimal outcome
  • Examination of beamsplitters with a 1,000:1 extinction ratio in laser applications


Dan Bukaty, Jr., President, PG

Dan Bukaty, Jr. is president of PG&O, a privately held, industry-leading precision optics and complete glass-fabrication facility. With his 35 years of experience in all aspects of fabrication and coatings, Dan has vast, hands-on proficiency in precision thin films, glass substrates, assembled optics, and commercial optical components. He has been instrumental in all facets of product design and development at PG&O, providing the best, most cost-effective optics for a wide variety of applications, including military, commercial, medical, automotive, imaging, cinema, and more.

Barbara Herdt, Head of Business Unit, Laser Optics, Laser Components

Barbara Herdt has been part of Laser Components’ laser optics sales team since 2005 and currently serves as the Head of the Laser Optics Business Unit. Prior to joining the company, she worked in optical design and project management for medical measurement systems and space tele­scopes. Barbara studied physical technology at Munich University of Applied Sciences and has more than 15 years of experience in the development of imaging optics and optics for measurement technology.

Olivia Wheeler, Ph.D., Ultrafast Laser Optics Engineer, Edmund Optics

Dr. Olivia Wheeler is an Ultrafast Laser Optics Engineer at Edmund Optics. She guides customers through choosing the correct optical components for their ultrafast laser systems. Olivia holds a Ph.D in physical chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She previously worked for Purdue University and is experienced in designing, building, and aligning ultrafast optical systems including microscopes and spectrometers.


Amanda Hosey, Editor, SAE Media Group

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