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Session Description:
This is a fast-paced, comprehensive optics course for precision engineers, with an emphasis on the principles and applications of non-contact instruments for dimensional metrology.
Part 1 Begins with basic geometrical optics of lenses and mirrors, moving up to common optical tools such as telescopes, autocollimators, fringe projection systems, alignment scopes, conventional and confocal microscopes, machine vision, and systems based on focus and triangulation.
Part 2 Tackles dimensional metrology applications that make use of the wave nature of light, including diffraction, interference, and holography.  This provides the foundation for distance-measuring interferometers and optical encoders, laser Fizeau interferometers for optical surfaces such as lenses and mirrors, and interference microscopes for surface structure analysis.
Hot topics include the latest performance enhancements, new instrument designs, vibration robustness, accommodation of highly sloped, freeform and additively manufactured surfaces, and metrology for smartphone cameras and augmented reality systems.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you will have greater confidence in the selection, invention and evaluation of optical metrology solutions for practical applications in precision engineering and manufacturing.

Intended Audience

This is a beginning to intermediate level course, with material ranging from basic to complex, to provide both an overview and reference for further study.  The intended audience is engineers, scientists and measurement specialists interested in gaining a greater understanding of the operating principles and best practice use of advanced optical instrumentation.

Dr. Peter de Groot is the Executive Director of R&D at Zygo Corporation, where he manages innovation and new product discovery for a wide range of optical instrument products serving industries from semiconductor manufacturing to precision automotive engineering. He is a named inventor for 140 US patents, an author of over 175 technical papers, review articles and book chapters, and an experienced instructor for professional short courses. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham, a Fellow of the SPIE and of the OSA, and a recipient of the SPIE Rudolf Kingslake medal in optical engineering.