research & development

RhySearch promotes innovation through networking and knowledge transfer between regional high-tech companies and research institutions - also for Hilti.

Dr. Andreas Bong,
Head Corporate Research & Technology Hilti AG

Your Competence Center for Optical Coating Research and Development

    Coating technology

    • Ion beam sputtering (IBS): broadband and single wavelength optical monitoring
      Atomic layer deposition (ALD): thermal and plasma processes
      Flexible research facility: combination of IBS, pulsed laser deposition, ion beam etching, laser treatment

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    • Laser induced damage threshold (LIDT)                          Form LIDT-Test
    • high reflectance & transmittance measurement (CRD)       Form CRD-Test
    • Scattered light measurement (TIS)
    • Absorption measurement (LID)
    • scratch and adhesion measurements
    • Spectrophotometry
    • Ion beam etching (IBM)
    • Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)
    • Environmental stability testing
    • Light microscopy
    • Optical 3D profilometer

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    Surface treatment

    • Ion beam etching: Surface polishing and cross cutting
    • Cleaning processes (in cooperation with OST Buchs)
    • Annealing furnace

    Optical coating

    Optical coating processes to produce materials and components faster and more cost-effectively, and coatings with properties not previously achievable via conventional processes, can give companies a decisive competitive edge. 

    The Optical Coatings division at RhySearch develops and conducts research for the benefit of the optics industry. Our employees have many years of research and industrial experience in the field of optical coating. Thanks to their competences and our unique technical infrastructure, we are able to cover a wide range of topics in the field of coatings, characterization/analysis and surface treatments. The scientific and technological strength of our laboratory is based on these three core topics.

    Our research activities focus on the production of next generation optical coatings. For this purpose, we investigate a variety of aspects along the entire process chain. Our core competencies are continuously strengthened through collaborations with other national laboratories, industry and academia representing the forefront of research in this field.

    Annually, RhySearch organizes together with with OST, EOS and Swissphotonics the OCLA Symposium.

    Key technologies for optical applications

    • Innovative solutions along the optical manufacturing chain
      • Substrate preparation and cleaning
      • Development of dielectric materials with novel optical properties
    • Quality control using high-precision characterization methods
    • Research on the industrialization of new coating technologies for the optical industry
    • Member of Swissphotonics and the Photonics Group of Swissmem

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