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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Middlefield, CT (Oct. 13, 2021) – Optical metrology leader Zygo Corporation, a business unit of AMETEK Inc., revealed its Verifire Asphere+ — which represents the latest addition to the company’s VerifireTM series of laser Fizeau interferometers — at the SPIE.OPTIFAB event in Rochester, NY.

The Verifire Asphere+ ( VFA+) builds upon the success of the Verifire Asphere Interferometer, which was made specifically for fast, noncontact, high-resolution 3D metrology of aspheric surfaces.

The VFA+ leverages the benefits of Fizeau interferometry through a unique combination of precise, high-resolution, fast, and full aperture metrology for axisymmetric aspheres. This allows faster convergence on deterministic polishing feedback for more efficient surface generation, and coverage of form error and mid-spatial frequency surface characteristics with one instrument. The system is also flexible, with the ability to measure a range of aspheres with only the change of the reference optic.

Tyler Steele, Product Manager of the Laser Interferometer line at Zygo says, “Metrology instruments are of significant importance in the production of aspheres, as they are critical for cost-effective generation of the final required surface. The production process for aspheres is iterative, with multiple generation and measurement steps to achieve the required level of precision and accuracy. The goal is to minimize the number of iterations to reduce the time it takes to produce a surface. With the introduction of the Verifire Asphere+, we have addressed the challenge faced by the optics industry, providing a measurement system that gives optics manufacturers the flexibility and precision needed to produce a wide range of aspheric designs.”

In addition, an optional secondary stage is integrated in the VFA+ to accommodate a computer-generated hologram (CGH) to push aspheric shape coverage even further, accommodating freeform, cylinder, and off-axis conic surfaces. This future compatible investment will open the doors for flexible optical fabrication technology. As a result, quality assurance becomes easier to execute and delivers results more efficiently at a cost-effective rate.

“The Verifire Asphere+ is now supported by Zygo’s Mx Asphere+ metrology software, which was developed with a critical focus on creating an intuitive user experience for better ease-of-use and significantly improved measurement reliability,” said Steele. “This means faster setup of new designs in the R&D and prototyping phase, and better efficiency in production. The VFA+ is also adaptable to multi-part automated measurement of trays of optics. This is a unique capability and facilitates high throughput for significantly improved efficiency in the volume production of aspheres.”

The VFA+ pushes the boundaries of what is possible in the design and production of ever more precise freeform and aspheric optics, and as such is an enabling technology, stimulating innovation in the optics sector.

The VerifireTM series represents a complete line of high-performance metrology instruments for the measurement of plano, spherical, and aspherical surfaces and material characteristics. It provides a variety of proprietary acquisition techniques to ensure optimum metrology in a wide range of environments.

Zygo is a worldwide supplier of optical metrology instruments, high-precision optical components, and complex electro-optical systems, and Its products employ various optical phase and analysis techniques for measuring displacement, surface shape and texture, and film thickness. Electro-Optics and Optical Components businesses leverage Zygo’s expertise in optical design and assembly, and high-volume manufacturing of precision optical components and systems, for the medical/life sciences, defense and industrial markets.


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