Thin films expertise : Alacritas Consultancy Ltd.

Training in thin films and vacuum coating


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• Introductions to
    - thin films.
    - vacuum.
    - sputtering.
    - evaporation.
    - optical coating.
    - web coating.
• Practical information
• Real applications.
• For engineers, managers and newcomers to the industry.


• On-site thin film training
• 'Mix and match' modules
• Practical bias
• Based on real experience
If you are interested in on site training in thin films then please contact us.

  • Training in a wide range of thin film and vacuum related subjects.
  • We have provided on site training for a wide variety of companies, institutes and associations in Europe, America (north and south), and Asia.
  • Tailored to meet your needs (levels of current knowledge, problem areas, new areas of work, new staff and so on).
  • Module based so you can 'mix and match', choosing only modules relevant to you.
  • All modules are based on real experience, and are practically biased.


Modules include :-
  • Thin Film Growth
    • growth mechanisms
    • film microstructure
    • use of ion beams
  • Physical Vapour Deposition
    • sputtering
    • evaporation
    • reactive processes
    • important variables
    • system design
  • Chemical Vapour Deposition
    • plasma assisted processes
    • important variables
  • Optical Coating Design
    • introduction
    • Anti-Reflection coats
    • mirror coatings and edge filters
    • bandpass filters
    • notch filters
    • computer optimization
  • Thin Film Materials
    • barrier layers
    • hard coatings
    • optical materials (visible and infra red)
    • conducting transparent oxides
    • magnetic materials
  • Vacuum
    • background
    • pumps
    • gauges
    • requirements for vacuum coating systems
    • problem solving
  • Substrate preparation
    • cleaning
    • modification
      • plasma treatment
      • chemical treatment
      • pre-treatments and lacquers
    • adhesion layers
  • Quality systems
    • experimental design
    • statistical process control