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Reference algorithms and metrology on aspherical and freeform optical lenses

06/2016 - 05/2019


  • European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (Opens external link in new windowEMPIR)

Aspheres and freeform surfaces are components used in a variety of optical systems, from medical imaging to astronomy. They deliver better image quality compared to traditional spherical elements and as a result their use is growing rapidly. However, the ability to develop higher-performance aspheres and freeform surfaces is limited by the precision with which the shape of their surface can be measured. Although modern optical polishing techniques can remove material at the nanometer level, measurement techniques are unable to measure with the same degree of precision. This project will build on the work of the previous EMRP project Opens external link in new windowIND10 Form, which achieved measurements below 100 nanometers, by developing new measurement capabilities within European National Measurement Institutes to routinely measure below 30 nanometers. The capabilities developed will strengthen Europe’s position in global optics, and will be used by industry to develop a new level in optical device performance.


  • 11 Europäische Nationale Metrologieinstitute und Forschungseinrichtungen
  •   4 Industriepartner  ("Collaborators")


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