On-Demand Webinars: Photonics/Optics

Optics & Coating Innovations


Precision optics are used in a variety of aerospace, industrial, scientific, medical, astronomical, and military applications. In addition to material selection and rigorous design specifications, optical performance is often enhanced by the application of thin film coatings. The problem most engineers encounter is determining not only what types of optics will work best for which applications, but also which coatings will deliver the best performance for a given application. This 60-minute Webinar from the editors of Tech Briefs magazine will examine some of the key considerations one must know to make those decisions.

Topics include:

  • Optical filters coatings for scientific and medical applications: Costings for complex fluorescence systems; tailored/consistent wavelength placement in UV/VIS/IR; custom metrology and optical monitoring
  • Durable coatings in maritime environment: Variable applications and environmental considerations; environmental durability tests; the maritime environment challenges; coatings for maritime environment
  • Thin-film optical phase coating design techniques: Comparison of simple, single-layer and more complicated, multilayer design
  • Space-ready optics: Planning for strict requirements; overcoming environmental challenges; qualifying and testing; typical steps in a design and manufacture project

A Q&A session will follow the technical presentation.


Chris Cook, Technical Fellow, Edmund Optics

Chris Cook is a Technical Fellow at Edmund Optics, where he serves as the optical coating engineering project lead. He specializes in the design and development of coating platforms, high-performance materials, thin-film, optical metrologies for materials science, MEMS, and automation tools for manufacturing. Chris holds a master’s degree in electro optical engineering from Tufts University.

Christopher Fridd, Product Manager, Newport Optical Components

Chris Fridd recently joined Newport’s Optical Component business, bringing 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, and product management within the optics and photonics industry. Chris serves as Product Manager for Newport’s optical subsystems, modules, and sub-assemblies market focus, delivering both continuous and discrete wavelength solutions.

Emiliano “Emi” Ioffe, Process Development and Engineering Manager, Ophir Optics

Emi Ioffe has worked for Ophir Optics for more than 20 years and currently serves as the Process Development and Engineering Manager. He began on the manufacturing floor, specializing in all optical components' fabrication technologies before later serving as a material engineer, leading the coatings engineering group. Since 2011, he has managed the IR components engineering department and been responsible for process development.

Mark Pontin, Managing Director, Resolve Optics Ltd.

Mark Pontin is the Managing Director of Resolve Optics Ltd. a leading developer and provider of custom optical design and OEM-quantity special lenses for small and large high-technology businesses. The company is a market leader for the supply of optimized lenses and optical systems for demanding applications in the nuclear and space industries.


Amanda Hosey, Editor, SAE Media Group

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