About us

Professor Alexander Tikhonravov received a physical and mathematical education at the Division of Mathematics at the Faculty of Physics of Moscow State University. He began working in thin film optics in early 1970s. In 1982, Professor Tikhonravov invented the needle optimization technique, a universal technique for designing optical coatings. This technique formed the basis of the OptiLayer thin film software.

The first version of OptiLayer appeared in 1992. Since then, the software has been permanently developed based on intensive fundamental research published in the most respected international journals. In 2014, OptiLayer GmbH was founded in Germany. Currently, OptiLayer software has many dozens of users in all corners of the world.

The OptiLayer thin film software consists of several modules: OptiLayer (evaluation and design of optical coatings), OptiChar (characterization of single thin films), and OptiRE (post-production characterization of manufactured coatings). All modules are compatible at the database level and can easily exchange data. A special DLL library OptiReOpt is designed to support optical monitoring of coating production.

The current trend in the further development of OptiLayer software products is to focus on the development of new user-friendly and production-oriented options.

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OptiLayer videos are available here:
Overview of Design/Analysis options of OptiLayer and overview of Characterization/Reverse Engineering options.

The videos were presented at the joint Agilent/OptiLayer webinar.