Navigator Ion Beam Sputtering System

Tecport Optics has an Exclusive Partnership with Cutting Edge Coatings


The activities of the Cutting Edge Coatings GmbH are focused on the process of ion beam sputtering (IBS). This process has the capability to surmount the quality and flexibility of conventional coating processes. The spin-off company of the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. uses the IBS-coating processes developed in the framework of research projects.

One specialty of Cutting Edge Coatings coating systems is the capability of producing oxide material mixtures of variable compositions, which is the prerequisite for the synthesis of low-loss Rugate-filters. This innovative process variant shows the potential to provide highly resistant coatings for demanding laser applications.

Moreover, the coating systems made by Cutting Edge Coatings are equipped with most advanced devices for broad-band optical monitoring. Hereby, customers from thin film industry will be enabled to offer and produce coatings with superior quality characteristics, maximum flexibility and high value creation.


The products of the CEC GmbH are aimed at the implementation of coating processes with the highest reachable quality. The products ranges from small manually controlled coating plants for in-house research & development purposes up to highly complex systems with automated coating procedures for industrial series production.

Focused on the customer requirements, coating processes can be developed and qualified during the implementation phase. Dedicated test set-ups are available at Cutting Edge Coatings and Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. for optics characterization (spectrophotometry, optical losses, laser-induced damage threshold).

The service of the CEC GmbH spans the identification of the appropriate coating system concept, the proof-of-principle for the desired coating products, the implementation of the system and the qualification of processes at the customer’s premises.

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