The Foundations of Vacuum Coating Technology is a concise review of the developments that have led to the wide variety of applications of this technology. This book is a must have for materials scientists and engineers working with vacuum coating in the invention of new technologies or applications in all industries. With over 370 references, this is an excellent starting point for those who don't want to reinvent the wheel. In particular, the book is a valuable reference for those interested in researching proposed or existing patents. This unique book provides a starting point for more in-depth surveys of past and recent work in all aspects of vacuum coating. The author uses his extensive knowledge of the subject to draw comparisons and place the information into the proper context. This is particularly important for the patent literature where the terminology does not always match industry jargon. A section of acronyms for vacuum coating and glossary of terms at the end of the book are critical additions to the information every reader needs.


A concise review of the developments that have led to the wide variety of applications of this vacuum technology. A "must have" for materials scientists and engineers.

Table of Contents

Early Vacuum Science and Technology Early Electricity and Magnetism Early Plasma Physics and Chemistry Some Scientific and Engineering Societies and Publications Patents and the U.S. Patent Office Deposition Processes Sputter Deposition Thermal Evaporation Arc Vapor Deposition Chemical Vapor Deposition Ion Plating Surface Preparation Summary Endnotes References Acronyms Used in Vacuum Coating Glossary of Terms for Vacuum Coating


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William Andrew
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About the authors

Donald M. Mattox

Affiliations and Expertise

Technical Director, Society of Vacuum Coaters, Albuquerque, NM, USA

D. M. Mattox

Affiliations and Expertise

Society of Vacuum Coaters (Technical Director)