Arizona Optical Systems to Exhibit at the 2018 Photonics West Conference

Arizona Optical Systems to Exhibit at the 2018 Photonics West Conference

Arizona Optical Systems will be exhibiting at the upcoming SPIE Photonics West conference, taking place in San Francisco, CA from January 30 to February 1, 2018.  This will be our first time exhibiting, and we are eager to showcase our metrology capabilities with conference attendees.  AOS has significant expertise in developing custom metrology solutions for some of the optics industry’s most demanding applications, including the Primary Mirror Testbed for the Thirty Meter Telescope, for which we’re designing and building a turn-key metrology system to measure and qualify 492 hexagonal segments (1.4-meters each) with 82 different off-axis parabolic prescriptions to an accuracy of 2nm RMS.

Arizona Optical Systems is also excited to exhibit and discuss our new Flexible Optical Ray Metrology (FORM, patents pending) technologies at the Photonics West show.  FORM is based on the well-known principle of phase measuring deflectometry, PMD, and AOS has been able to significantly advance this technology, developing FORM as a viable solution to a wide range of difficult metrology applications.  We have developed custom FORM systems that can measure surface figure errors of synchrotron optics with > 1000µm of aspheric departures to sub-nanometer precision, and on the opposite end of the spectrum, we have developed a FORM system that can measure precision slumped solar panels with surface figure errors of > 5mm to micron precision.

AOS has continued to develop FORM technologies for other applications, such as measurements of freeform conformal windows, including windows of infrared materials that are visibly opaque.  Our freeform conformal window measurements with FORM actually measure the window in the exact way that it will be used in its application, so we measure the exact error that matters.  Our system enables the simultaneous measurement of the transmitted wavefront error, as well as surface form errors of the front and back surfaces of the window.  AOS has also made a similar system that operates in the infrared spectrum and measures infrared windows that do not transmit in the visible spectrum, providing simultaneous measurements of the transmitted wavefront error and front/back surface form errors.

A main focus of exhibiting at Photonics West is to meet with attendees and explore potential applications for our powerful FORM technologies.