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 Expert  725543

Expert in Optical Coatings, Vacuum Engineering, Ion Beam and Sputtering Technologies and Equipment

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California (CA)
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Expert has 38 years experience in optical coating, vacuum engineering, ion beam sources and their applications. He managed coating labs in Russia and USA producing a wide range of optical coatings; developed, designed and manufactured technological ion sources for ion beam assisted deposition. He developed and invented the ion beam figuring technology to produce high precise optical surfaces, created the model adequately describing an ion beam as a tool for optical surfaces ion beam figuring. He has a strong vacuum engineering experience; he is the author of VacMaster 2.0 vacuum engineering software. He has long term business relations with Russian manufacturers working in areas of ion beam and plasma equipment (ion sources, DC magnetron sputtering systems, arc evaporators, coating machines).

Expert has a strong experience with modern coating equipment - PVD coating machines based on electron beam evaporation, resistive evaporation, DC magenron sputtering, ion beam assisting systems, and technological ion beam sources. He has strong experience in optical coating design and technology.He also knows methods and equipment for coating process monitoring - quartz crystal and optical techniques. He developed special coating machines for coated glasses mass production, based on using big dimensional DC magnetrons with assisted ion sources and optical monitoring, knows how to upgrade coating machines. He also designed new toolings and methods, for instance, to monitor in situ ITO coating resistance. He also knows principles of coating equipment maintenance and repair. He knows well coating equipment vendors over the world.

He works with different coating materials used for optical coatings - oxides, sulfides, metals. He knows their optical parameters and methods of their deposition in vacuum by evaporation or sputtering.

He knows such coating processes as electron beam evaporation, resistive evaporation, magnetron sputtering, ion beam sputtering (including reactive ones and with ion beam assistance). He has a strong practical experience in optical coating design and coating process development for the main optical coatings - antireflection, mirrors, beam splitters, filters, ITO and others.

He knows how to measure coating thicknesses in situ using quartz crystal and optical methods, and according devices. He also knows techniques to calibrate coating equipment to obtain accurate and repeatable film thicknesses.

He knows electron beam evaporation technologies and electron beam equipment used for optical coating deposition in vacuum. He knows the principles of evaporation and how to work with and maintain the modern electron-beam evaporators. He also knows main electron-beam evaporator vendors.

He knows the main properties of evaporated films and layers stack, their quality specifications; knows how to test their quality and to measure their main parameters using standard techniques.

He has a strong knowledge of high vacuum and processes in it - pumping, out-gassing, gas permeation. He knows how to obtain a high vacuum from atmosphere to 10-8 torr and how to solve assisting problems and overcome troubles.

He knows how to calculate and design high vacuum system taking into account main real factors limiting pumping system possibilities. He is an author of vacuum engineering software VacMaster 2.0 allowing calculate and design practically any high vacuum system with different vacuum chambers and specify needed rough and high vacuum pumps, vacuum components (valves, baffles, mass flow controllers), vacuum chamber material and other important parameters.




coating measurement


coating technology


conductive coating




dielectric coating


indium tin oxide


ion source


ion-beam etching


low-energy ion beam thin-film deposition


optical coating material


optical thin film


physical vapor deposition


thin-film deposition


thin-film optics


thin-film processing


thin-film technology


antireflectance coating material


multilayer optical thin film


vacuum deposition


vacuum system


vacuum technology


coating equipment


coating material




coating thickness


electron-beam deposition


evaporated film


high vacuum


high vacuum system

He knows modern vacuum equipment - high vacuum pumps (diffusion, turbomolecular, cryogenic), roughing pumps, vacuum components (valves, gates, flange, pipes, feed-throughs, mass flow controllers and other), pressure measurement devices from atmosphere to high vacuum. He has a strong practical experience with that devices applications, knows vendors over the world.

He has strong knowledge and practical experience with optical coatings and optical components quality control in accordance with MIL specifications - spectral parameters, scratch and digs, flatness, parallelism, mechanical and chemical resistance, and others. He knows quality control methods and equipment. He wrote a lot of quality control standard operation procedures and manuals for optical components and optical coatings production.

He knows how to develop and organize coating facility both for lab and mass production. He organized and run optical coating facilities and architectural glasses sputtered coating facilities with a few coating machines and input/outpour quality control areas.

He has a strong knowledge of low vacuum (1000 - 10-3 torr) and how to obtain it. He knows low vacuum systems design, pumps, pressure measurement devices and methods, processes in a low vacuum (glow discharge, for instance).


high-vacuum technology


quality control


coating facility


low vacuum

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Los Angeles, California;  San Diego, California;  Long Beach, California;  Santa Ana, California;  Anaheim, California;  Riverside, California;  Glendale, California;  Huntington Beach, California;  San Bernardino, California;  and Chula Vista, California.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1970   MSc   Semiconductors and Dielectrics, Electronic Engineering   Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys, USSR  
1990   PhD   Optical Devices, Technologies of Devices Fabrication   Institute of Fine Mechanics and Optics, Leningrad, USSR  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2007 to





Coating Lab Manager


He manages the optical coating department producing a wide range of optical coatings - antireflection, beam splitters, mirrors, ITO, etc. His responsibility includes coating design, process organization, coating quality control, coating equipment maintenance, repair, and upgrade.

2004 to







He opened and runs this vacuum equipment, coatings, and optics manufacturing, supplying and consulting business. The company offers worldwide a wide range of coating equipment and components, ion sources, DC magnetrons, power supplies, controllers, monitors, optical components, vacuum engineering software, provides a qualified consulting service.

1998 to 2001


Reynard Corporation


Coating Lab


Technical Design Engineer, QC Manager, Operation Manager


He managed optical coatings laboratory and QC department. His responsibility included production supervising, SOPs and manuals preparing, personnel training, special tooling development and design, IBAD technology and equipment development, coating chambers maintenance, upgrade, and repair.

1994 to 1998


Russian Shield, Russia


Coating Department


Head of Department


He was responsible for production of PC monitors screen filters and coated architectural glasses and plastics. Developed multilayer metal-dielectric coatings for screen filters and architectural glasses. Developed, designed and manufactured ion beam sources and DC magnetrons. Projected a new coating machine with three magnetron sputtering systems, ion sources, quartz crystal and optical monitoring, then used that machines in mass production.. These machines provided production volume 20 times increasing. Developed and organized two new coating departments including construction works, power, water, and compressed air communications design and construction, equipment installation and start-up works. Developed production process from raw glass to shipping including documentation (manuals, instructions, SOPs).

1991 to 1993


Russian Research Center "Kurchatov's Institute", Russia



Main Specialist


He organized the vacuum coating lab.

1977 to 1991


"Krasnogorskiy zavod", USSR


Central Design Bureau


Group Manager


He worked in the optical department, optical coating laboratory. He run regular optical coating engineering and production duties, invented ITO coating technology, a few special tooling designs. He developed and invented the ion beam figuring technology to produce high precise big dimensional optical surfaces. This new technology included special technological ion souce, tooling, process and ion source mathematical models and software, special techniques and methods to monitor and control ion beam figuring process. The sputtering parameters of optical materials have been investigated; the special techniques and equipment had been created, patented, and invented. He designed and produced about 20 technological ion sources for different applications, manufactured precise optical components.

1973 to 1977


"Astrophysika", USSR





He was an engineer in CO2 laser laboratory and had been involved in power laser optical materials investigations.

Career Accomplishments:


Publications and Patents Summary

He has 30 publications, 6 patents and 1 patent application

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Vacuum Science and Technology  
 - Review of Scientific Instruments  
 - Journal of Technical Physics  
 - Soviet Journal of Optical Technology  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He helped one of the leading telescope producing companies to solve a problem with telescope mirror coating quality. The client had problem with coating repeatability and spectral parameters. It was shown that the client has problems with coating equipment that leads to thin film density decreasing and absorption increasing, and run calibration. The given recommendations eliminated all troubles.
  • He consulted a few clients regarding high transparent and high conductive ITO coating deposition by reactive electron-beam evaporation.
  • He projected high precise optical surfaces ion beam figuring equipment and technologies for American and French clients. That projects based on his multi-years practical experience, developed ion beam figuring process model, associated software, model of ion beam source as a technological tool, investigated optical materials sputtering parameters, and assisting methods and techniques.
  • He provides high vacuum system engineering and design - pumping time and ultimate pressure calculations with and without gas load, pumps and vacuum components selection, vacuum system design, existing and projected vacuum systems analysis, vacuum components vendors recommendation, vacuum components supply.
  • He provides optical coating design and deposition technology consulting service, coating equipment upgrade (including ion beam technologies).
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Electrical Valve for usage in high vacuum.
  • Expert in Design of all metal sealed off gas laser to assist with design and technical assistance.
  • Expert for consulting on coating of medical device optical lens.
  • Metallization expert for consulting on Evaporated AuSn.
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Expert Witness:
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Plasma sputtering expert for litigation case.
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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2004 to   Russia   He runs business with a few Russian companies producing coating equipment, ion sources, DC magnetrons, and optical components. Also he supplies vacuum equipment, coating equipment, optical devices to Russian customers.
2005 to   Europe and Asia   He supplied vacuum engineering software VacMaster 2.0 to customers of Taiwan, Singapore, Germany, Swiss, France and other countries.
2006 to   China   He has good business relations with a few Chinese optical components manufacturers and vendors.
2007 to 2008   France   He made review of the ion beam figuring technology present status and technical proposal of special ion beam figuring machine.
2008 to 2008   Canada   He made the client's projected vacuum system design and performance analysis.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
Russian   He is Russian.

Additional Skills and Services:
Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

He knows and works with a lot of coating equipment, vacuum components, optical components, optical and other vacuum coating service supplier/vendors, designers and developers as in USA, as over the world (EU, Russia, China). He has established long term private and business contacts with many of them.

Other Skills and Services

He can provide vacuum engineering and vacuum systems calculations and design, optical coatings design, End Hall ion sources design and manufacturing, DC magnetron sputtering devices, coating equipment general design, special tooling design (SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor). He is also an expert in ion beam figuring of high precise optical surfaces - modeling, equipment and technologies.


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