The Optical Coating Laboratory depends on the Department of Optics and is purpose is the production of thin films deposits onto optical surfaces with multiple uses: mirrors, anti-reflective films, interference filters, etc. The equipment consists mainly of a Balzers BAK 600 evaporator machine with a built-in electron gun that allows working with materials of high melting temperature. It is also equipped with a setup of multiple quartz crystals for monitoring the deposition thickness. The room occupied by the evaporator machine inside the laboratory is a class 7 clean room. In addition, the laboratory has a fume hood for gas extraction to avoid its inhalation during the cleaning processes.
Evaporator machine for the manufacture of optical coatings
The Optics Laboratory is specialized in the realization of all type of optical measurements, alignment and integration of instruments, prototype tests and characterization of components and optical systems in general.
Device dedicated to the measurement of the quality of mirrored surfaces.
The aluminizing plant is used to replace the aluminum layer of the mirrors.
The IAC Technology Division has the capacity for developing complete optical elements and systems from the design stages to manufacturing follow-up, integration and final verification.