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Optical Fabrication and Testing (OF&T)

04 June 2023 – 08 June 2023 Québec City Convention Centre, Québec City, Quebec Canada




Optical Fabrication and Testing
  1. Optical Materials
    • New materials for new applications (metamaterials, composites, plastics, crystals, glasses, lightweight materials, ceramics, carbides, chalcogenides, UV optical materials, additive manufacturing)
    • Material properties and the response to fabrication processes
    • Gradient optics
    • Advancements in traditional materials
  2. Grinding and Polishing
    • Grinding, precision grinding, diamond turning and milling, ultrasound assisted machining, vibration assisted polishing, processing of edges
    • New ideas in traditional (pitch) polishing, magnetic field-assisted finishing, ion beam figuring and polishing, fluid-jet polishing, novel finishing processes
    • Abrasives, novel abrasive formulations, abrasive-impregnated pads
  3. Advanced Micro-Optics Fabrication
    • Laser micromachining and laser polishing
    • 3D printing, additive manufacturing
    • High precision diamond turning
    • Novel lithography techniques
    • Deterministic figuring techniques, mid-to-high spatial frequency error control and various smoothing approaches during computer controlled optical surfacing
  4. Optical Testing and Advanced Metrology Systems
    • Testing for sub-surface damage, homogeneity, form, finish and scratch/dig
    • Measurement, interpretation and applications of power spectral density
    • New ideas in interferometry, direct slope/curvature measurement
    • Testing aspheric surfaces with and without null-optics, reconfigurable nulls
    • Computer-generated holograms and spatial light modulators for testing
    • Absolute tests for flats, spheres and aspheres
    • New concepts in profilometry: optical and mechanical probes
    • Testing of very small optics
    • White light interferometry, fringe projection metrology, deflectometry
    • Testing in adverse environments: vibration, turbulence, vacuum and space
    • In-process metrology
    • Testing of freeform surfaces
    • Immersive and low contrast testing methods
  5. Assembly, Alignment, Contamination Control, Cleaning, Packaging
    • Adhesives and cements for elevated, ambient and low temperature
    • Stable joining of optical surfaces by optical contacting, direct bonding or laser welding
    • Alignment of optical components and systems containing aspheric elements
    • Alignment of multi-element mirrors
    • Measurement and control of deformation and stress birefringence in mounting
    • Cleaning optics, clean rooms and contamination control
    • Handling and packaging of precision optics
    • Automated alignment methods and techniques
    • Mount induced stress resistant optical designs
  6. Process Engineering
    • Glass and plastic (micro) molding to high surface accuracy and low surface roughness
    • Cost effective optics manufacturing processes
    • Engineering gradient index optics
    • Cost effective fabrication of aspheric surfaces
    • Automation of the manufacturing chain in optics fabrication
    • Good and bad experiences from the shop floor
    • Cleanliness in processing, coating, handling and shipping
    • Advanced post processing techniques for diamond turned surfaces
  7. Fabricating Next Generation Optical Systems
    • Photolithography optics
    • Adaptive optics
    • Integrated optics
    • Freeform optical systems and industrial manufacturing
    • Replicated optical surfaces
    • Advanced coating technologies
  8. Large Optics
    • Fabrication and testing of large optics for EUV and X-Ray applications
    • Large optics for earth-based and space-based applications
    • Adaptive optical systems
    • Gravity sag compensation systems
  9. Nanostructures and Films
    • Characterization of coatings for advanced laser optics
    • Nanostructures on optical surfaces
  10. Optics for High Fluence or High CW Density Applications
    • Materials and surface treatments for high Laser Induced Damage Threshold
    • Lifetime testing and environmental impact
    • Modelling and experiments on damage mechanisms
    • Integrated liquid or convection cooled optics
    • Passive/active thermal compensating optical systems
  11. Education and Training in Optics Metrology and Finishing Science
    • Uncertainty and traceability
    • Interpretation of metrics for optical surface characterization



Optical Fabrication and Testing
  • Jonathan Arenberg, Northrop GrummanUnited States
    Imagining the Space Observatories of the Future Plenary
  • Tayyab Suratwala, Lawrence Livermore National LaboratoryUnited States
    Reviewing Optics Technologies Enabling the Ignition Shot on NIF Keynote
  • James Burge, Arizona Optical Metrology LLCUnited States
    New Applications of CGHs for Optical Testing
  • Brandon Chalifoux, Univ of Arizona, Coll of Opt SciencesUnited States
    Ultrafast Laser Stress Figuring: A Non-Contact Finishing Process for Lightweight Mirrors
  • Jona Engel, Nanoscribe GmbHGermany
    Additive Manufacturing for Micro-Optics Using Two-Photon Polymerization
  • Christopher Holmes, University of SouthamptonUnited Kingdom
    Tower Drawn Planar Optics
  • Ki-Nam Joo, Chosun UniversityRepublic Of Korea
    Interferometric Metrology
  • Roman Kleindienst, Carl Zeiss Jena GmbHGermany
    Mass-Fabrication and Metrology of Large-Scale Freeform Holographic Optics
  • Jun Ho Lee, Kongju National UniversityRepublic Of Korea
    Volume Sharing Multi-Aperture Optical Payload for Space Borne Applications
  • Chao-Wen Liang, National Central UniversityTaiwan
    High-Speed Large Dynamic Range Wavefront Metrology
  • Andrius Melninkaitis, Vilniaus UniversitetasLithuania
    Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Elements: From Threshold Toward a Lifetime
  • Patrick Risch, Glassomer GmbHGermany
    3D Printing and Injection Molding of Fused Silica Glass
  • Marc Schnieper, SUSS MicroOptics SASwitzerland
    Advances in Wafer-Scale Fabrication of Micro-Optics
  • Sven Schröder, Fraunhofer IOFGermany
    Optical Coatings in the Optical Manufacturing Chain
  • Yuki Shimizu, Hokkaido UniversityJapan
    Title to be Announced
  • Rengmao Wu, Zhejiang UniversityChina
    Compact Augmented Reality Near-Eye Display Based on Freeform Optics and Holographic Optical Elements



  • Matthew JenkinsAmazon Kuiper, United States
  • Daewook Kim​, Univ of Arizona, Coll of Opt Sciences, United States
  • Natalia Trela-McDonaldPowerPhotonic Ltd, United Kingdom
  • Kristina UhlendorfMagic Leap Inc, Germany



  • Matthew Jenkins, Amazon Kuiper, United StatesChair
  • Daewook Kim, Univ of Arizona, Coll of Opt Sciences, United StatesChair
  • Natalia Trela-McDonald, PowerPhotonic Ltd, United KingdomChair
  • Dave Aikens, Savvy Optics Corp, United States
  • Margaret Dominguez, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, United States
  • Oliver Faehnle, Ostschweizer Fachhochschule, Switzerland
  • Wei Gao, Tohoku University, Japan
  • Marco Hanft, Carl Zeiss AG, Germany
  • Mourad Idir, Brookhaven National Laboratory, United States
  • Gufran Khan, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India
  • Neha Khatri, CSIR-CSIO, India
  • Jun Ho Lee, Kongju National University, Republic Of Korea
  • Ruth Mackey, mBryonics Ltd, Ireland
  • James Mooney, L3Harris, United States
  • Soojong Pak, Kyung Hee University, Republic Of Korea
  • Jie Qiao, Rochester Institute of Technology, United States
  • Sven Schröder, Fraunhofer IOF, Germany
  • Tayyab Suratwala, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, United States
  • Hideo Takino, Chiba Institute of Technology, Japan
  • David Vega, Ansys Zemax, United States
  • Susumu Yamaguchi, Konica Minolta, Inc., Japan
  • Kazuto Yamauchi, Osaka University, Japan
  • Chunyu Zhao, Arizona Optical Metrology LLC, United States



Impact of Technology Evolution on Optical Systems Design and Performance

Iain Neil, ScotOptix

Technology has evolved with optical systems design becoming more intertwined between optics, mechanics and electronics. Also, aberrated imaging is sometimes preferred over conventional imaging for some applications. Examples will describe these topics with future predictions.

About the Speaker

Iain A. Neil has worked for over 40 years in the optics arena providing innovative optical solutions for many applications and in particular the motion picture industry. His Swiss based company ScotOptix contracts globally providing technical, business, I.P. and new optical technology expertise. He has held CEO, CTO, EVP and other positions at various companies including Panavision, ELCAN (Raytheon) and Barr & Stroud (Thales) and is currently Chief Optics Advisor to Cooke Optics. He has also received numerous patents, authored many publications and has garnered 12 Academy Awards, 2 Emmy’s and the Fuji Gold Medal for optical contributions to the world of entertainment. In addition he is Strathclyde University Alumnus of the year 2003, a Visiting Professor to their Department of Physics and was awarded an honorary DSc degree by them in 2015. Currently he holds associate or fellow memberships in the following societies: OSA, SPIE, SMPTE, SPS, SMAAS, ASC and ©A.M.P.A.S.®.

Imagining the Space Observatories of the Future

Dr. Jonathan Arenberg

This talk will trace innovation that drives discovery in the Queen of the sciences.  We will examine some of the trends of design and manufacture of space observatories fueling development and promising discoveries through this century.

About the Speaker

Jonathan Arenberg is Chief Mission Architect for Science and Robotic Missions at Northrop Grumman. Dr. Arenberg has contributed to the Chandra X-ray Observatory, Starshade and James Webb Space Telescope. He held many positions over his tenure on the James Webb Space Telescope including, ultimately, Chief Engineer. Subsequently, he led Northrop Grumman’s participation of future missions for the Astrophysics 2020 decadal study and technologies for future observatories. He has authored over 200 conference presentations, papers and a recent book. He has been awarded 15 European and U.S. Patents. Dr. Arenberg is a Fellow of SPIE.


Special Events

Welcome Breakfast

Monday, 05 June 09:00 – 10:30

Start your congress experience well-nourished and caffeinated for a busy week to come. Join your friends and colleagues at the Welcome Breakfast with friends and colleagues.

Conference Reception

Monday, 05 June 18:30 – 20:00

Enjoy food and drinks with your friends and colleagues.

Optica Technical Group Special Talk

Tuesday, 06 June 12:45 – 13:45
Room 2000A

Join the Optica Technical Groups on Imaging Optical Design and NonImaging Optical Design for a special talk featuring Prof. Alois M. Herkommer, University of Stuttgart, Germany. The session will start with Prof. Herkommer’s talk “Freeforms in Imaging and Illumination: Do We Have the Tools?” After the talk, the remainder of the session will be open for discussion and networking.

Lens and Illumination Design Problems Presentation

Wednesday, 07 June 19:00 – 20:30
Room 2000A

Rick Juergens, II-VI, USA
Bill Cassarly, Synopsys, USA

This IODC presentation focuses on a discussion of both Lens and Illumination design problems, usually between high end optics without any purpose and a lot of fun. The best participants will be honored.

COPL at Université Laval Tour

Thursday, 08 June 13:00 – 16:00

A unique opportunity to tour the Centre for Optics, Photonics and Lasers (COPL) and the Advanced Optical Fabrication Infrastructure (AOFI) of Université Laval.

Université Laval is a major Canadian research university and a pacesetter in international and inter-Francophonie mobility — recognized interdisciplinary research center bringing together 22 research teams and more than 150 graduate students. Recognized as a leader in optics and photonics research in Canada, COPL also hosts a strategic cluster of eight Quebec university institutions, comprising more than 50 researchers and 450 students. 

Fee: USD 35.00
You must RSVP with payment to reserve your place on the tour. 


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