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Gold sputtering target metal is retained for use as bullion reserves, but some is used within the electronics and jewellery industries, where it is frequently alloyed with other elements to improve the mechanical properties of the metal (e.g. copper and silver). Other uses for the metal are as a heat reflecting coating for glass as well as as a decorative medium.
J.F. Pierson; D. Wiederkehr; A. Billard. Reactive magnetron sputtering of copper, silver, and gold. Thin Solid Films. 2005, 478 (1-2), 196-205.