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FilmMaker2.1 is supplied with every Intellemetrics optical monitoring system. It comes pre-installed on every Intellemetrics Optical Monitor, but more importantly it can also be installed on your design PCs. It allows customers to do the following general tasks;

  • Create a filmstack design from scratch or read one in from a 3rd party design package (e.g. TFCalc, Macleod, Optilayer, Filmstar, etc).
  • Model the filmstack design.
  • Create an optical monitoring scheme from the filmstack design including substrate materials, dispersion, test glass changes, monitoring configuration, etc.
  • Use a range of tools to analyse the performance of the optical monitoring scheme in a real-life coating process before committing to doing an actual coating run.
  • Analyse the data from previous coating runs to help optimise future coating runs.
  • Output a Project file containg all of the information to perform an automated coating run.


The main new features of FilmMaker2.1 include;
  • Full incorporation of substrate dispersion into all modelling engines.
  • Full incorporation of test glass changes into FilmEditor and FilmSimulator.
  • Tooling factors and deposition rates incorporated into materials databases.
  • Automatic optimisation of QWFactors on a layer-by-layer basis with further automatic fine tuning on a complete filmstack basis.
  • Automatic calculation of SamplesPerQW, Holdoff, Latency, ForceCutTime.
  • Resultant film characteristics shown on the test glass or on the product.
  • Streamlined FilmEditor and FilmSimulator for faster, interactive design of optical monitoring schemes with instant visual feedback.
  • Streamlined project creation, saving and transferring to FilmDirector.
  • Runs on Windows7, 8 and 10, both 32bit and 64bit.
  • Backward compatibility with Projects created in previous FilmMaker versions.

Standard FilmMaker Features

  • Range of tools to rapidly design and model quarter wave and non-quarter wave designs.
  • Unlimited number of materials.
  • Handles absorbing and non-absorbing materials.
  • Monitoring configurations include front face reflection, back face reflection and transmission mode.
  • Automatic optimisation of gain levels.
  • Wavelength range from 190nm to 30,000nm.
  • Material databases for unlimited number of n, k values. Select between Private or Public Materials Databases.
  • Handles direct monitoring on coated products or in-direct monitoring on an unlimited number of test glasses.
  • Substrates can be double side polished, single side polished / back side roughened and/or AR coated.
  • Automated insertion of forced cut time safety margins.
  • Unlimited number of layers.
  • Materials, layers and other data can be imported from various sources and exported to CVS and/or Excel.
  • Associates a deposition rate and tooling factor with each material.
  • Models Signal Level (T or R %) vs thickness.
  • Ability to cut individual layers based on optical monitor, crystal controller, time or manually.

FilmEditor Features Include:

  • Optimisation of wavelength on a layer by layer basis.
  • Minimisation of cut point errors on a layer by layer basis by automatic optimisation of QWFactors.
  • Change test glasses and see the effects.
  • Wide range of analysis modes and filtering schemes.
  • Instant visual feedback on all of the above for fast intuitive process design.

FilmSimulator Features Include:

  • Plot spectral characteristics from 190nm to 30,000nm.
  • Visualisation of spectral characteristics of filmstack on the test glass or on the coated product.
  • Further automatic optimisation of QWFactors on a complete filmstack basis.
  • Definition of error sources for your particular chamber, optical monitor, monitoring configuration including optical noise, photometric gain error, photometric offset error, wavelength setpoint error, and instrument bandwidth.
  • Simulation of unlimited number of spectral characteristics taking errors and impact on subsequent layer cuts into account.
  • Investigate yield and performance of your design before doing a coating run.
  • Plot cut errors on a layer by layer basis for unlimited number of runs. Investigate process robustness.
  • Export errors for analysis in third party software.

FilmReviewer Features Include;

  • Review run data from previous coating runs.
  • Load single or multiple layers for analysis.
  • View optical monitor parameters used for that layer.
  • Change parameters and reprocess the data and see the effects. Ideal tool for optimisation of parameters using real run data from your system.


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