World Leader in High Performance, Ultra-Durable
Optical Thin Film Coatings
Deposition Sciences, Inc. (DSI®) a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin produces the most durable, heat resistant and reliable optical thin film coatings in the market. Our exclusive thin film filter coating services and capabilities range from the ultraviolet (UV), through the visible (VIS), near infrared (NIR), shortwave infrared (SWIR), midwave infrared (MWIR) and out to the far infrared (FIR), or the long-wave infrared (LWIR) spectral wavelengths.
For over twenty years, DSI has been providing innovative optical coating solutions for military and aerospace, commercial, telecommunications and data communications, and medical and scientific applications. Offering collaborative product development, standard and custom optical coatings and solutions, we deliver unique thin film deposition technology, proprietary coating processes and engineering excellence for real-world challenges.
Our superior quality is achieved using DSI's unique MicroDyn® reactive sputtering deposition technology and our patented IsoDyn™ low pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD) process. DSI's precision coating technologies allow us to provide components with excellent performance that will improve your products and lower your costs. Deposition Sciences offers prototyping and quick manufacturing turnaround. Combining advanced performance, heat resistant coatings with durability and stability at extreme temperatures, DSI can assist you through all stages, from product development to volume manufacturing. DSI also provides a range of products used in military, aerospace and spacecraft applications. Our multiple coating technologies are used to produce optical devices as well as specialty magnetic, metal and dielectric products. Optical products perform from the visible to far infrared ranges of the spectrum (0.1 – 20 microns) and include longwave pass, shortwave pass, and bandpass filters on materials such as Optical Glasses, Silicon (Si), Germanium (Ge), Zinc Sulfide (ZnS), Zinc Selenide (ZnSe), ClearTran™ and various plastics. Non-optical applications include EMI shielding, solderable metal coatings and tailorable conductive coatings.
Many coated products face exposure to extreme conditions such as high heat, temperature fluctuations, severe abrasion, salt fog, high humidity, harsh chemicals, and sub-freezing temperatures, with little or no protection.
DSI took on the challenge of developing a highly advanced system to meet these harsh environments with reliable, highly durable thin films. Over a period of years our R&D and scientific engineering teams designed proprietary systems that produce precision optical coatings with high durability in high volume.
Our first endeavor was to create optical films that could withstand extreme heat and operate for thousands of hours at temperatures ranging from 800°C to 1000°C. In addition to extremely high heats, the films must survive repeated thermal cycling, from ambient temperatures to operating temperatures, with a cycle time of only a few seconds. This quick heating-cooling action can destroy the integrity of an optical coating. Thus, the IsoDyn™ LPCVD system was born.
After a successful launch of the IsoDyn™ process, we went back to work – this time to develop a system that would produce the same durability as IsoDyn, but with the added benefit of even faster production. The effort culminated in our patented MicroDyn® system. Now DSI has a coating process for virtually every type of optical component, no matter how complex.
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