Diamond-like nanocomposites (DLN) are hard clear films that enhance the durability of displays and other applications where optical transparency is required. The low-friction and low-wear DLN coatings, combined with low internal stress and good adhesion, make this type of coatings an excellent candidate for many tribological applications in the automotive, semiconductor, display, and opto-electronics industries as well as anti-reflective coating applications such as eyeglasses and solar panels. Denton’s PIB-CVD uniquely enables deposition on uncoated plastic substrates.
DLN coatings are usually deposited using a PE-CVD (plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition) process. The advantages of PE-CVD are high deposition rates, low substrate temperatures, and highly conformal coatings. The tunable Plasma Ion Beam CVD (PIB-CVD) process used in DLN coating is used for lower temperature operation and depositing hard films on uncoating plastic substrates.