Professor Ellis was recently award tenure and is now an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Additionally, Professor Ellis and his former advisor ir. Jo Spronck at TU Delft were recently awarded a patent Dual beam splitter interferometer measuring 3 degrees of freedom, system and method of use. This patent, US9518816B2, was awarded on December 13, 2016 with a priority date of December 1, 2011.
Professor Ellis has recently been awarded a prestigious NSF CAREER award, supporting research on freeform optics metrology. This award, CAREER: Breaking the Freeform Optics Metrology Barrier with Synthetic Wavelength Interferometry, supports $500k in research over 5 years. More information on this award can be found here.
Two PhD students, Kaitlin Wozniak (Optics) and Michael Echter ( Mechanical Engineering), have successfully defended their PhD proposals, outlining the scopes of their respective research to finalize their degrees. Kaitlin’s proposed work is on Properties and Safety of Femtosecond Photo-modification in Hydrogel and Cornea as part of the IRIS: Intra-tissue Refractive Index Shaping program at the University of Rochester. Mike’s work is on Composite Laminate Characterization and Piezoelectric Actuator Testing for
the Design of a Precision, Adaptive, High-Strain Composite Hinge, working with the MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Congratulations to both!
Papers by Chen Wang and Bill Green have appeared in their final form online. Chen’s paper, Data Age Error Compensation for Nonconstant Velocity Metrology, was recently accepted in IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement. Bill’s paper, with a PhD student James Corsetti from Optics, was recently accepted and published by Applied Optics. This paper is on Simultaneous interferometric measurement of linear coefficient of thermal expansion and temperature-dependent refractive index coefficient of optical materials. Links to both papers can be found on the publications page. Nice job and congratulations!
Bill Green, Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Student, has had a paper accepted as a co-author by Optical Engineering. This is Bill’s first time co-authoring a paper. Additionally, Bill will be presenting his work on thermal expansion and dn/dT metrology at the upcoming ASPE Annual Meeting in Portland, OR. When the final version is published and online, we’ll be sure to update.
Xiangzhi Yu and Chen Wang both have had first author publications accepted recently. Chen’s paper is Data age error compensation for non-constant velocity metrology, which advances his previous work on data age error to arbitrary orders. This paper has been accepted into IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement. More details will be posted when available.
Xiangzhi had two 1st author papers published. His first is with Dr. Tieli Zhang, a former visiting scientist in the group from the Beijing Aerospace Institute for Metrology & Measurement Technology, on Absolute air refractive index measurement and tracking based on variable length vacuum cell. This work was supported by NIST and the paper was published in Optical Engineering. Xiangzhi’s second paper was with co-authors Dr. Steven Gillmer (now at MIT Lincoln Labs) and Dr. Shane Woody (InSituTec, Inc.) and was published in Review of Scientific Instruments. This work was on the Development of a compact, fiber-coupled, six degree-of-freedom measurement system for precision linear stage metrology with research support from NIST and NSF.
Congratulations to both students and the rest of their team! Well done!
Mechanical Engineering MS student Mike Ricci successfully defended his MS Thesis. His work, Opto-Mechanical Design of a Three-Degree-of-Freedom Homodyne Interferometer for Freeform Optics Metrology, was part of research within the Center for Freeform Optics. His thesis, once finalized, will be available for viewing under the downloads section.
Mike is now off to Quartus Engineering to work on opto-mechanical design for the aerospace industry. Congratulations Mike and we wish you all the best!
Steve Gillmer successfully defended his PhD Thesis, Resolution and Functionality Enhancements in Optical Metrology, this past semester. Steve has worked hard over the past few years and has broadened his expertise to metrology, instrumentation, signal processing, and controls. Steve’s thesis can be accessed on the Downloads page. Steve is off to MIT Lincoln Laboratory and we wish him all the best.
Mechanical Engineering MS student, Sam Butler, will defend his MS thesis work on Thursday, April 14th at 3 PM in the Hopeman 224 conference room.
Development of Electronics and Signal Processing for a Displacement Measuring Interferometer Probe for Freeform Optics
The burgeoning field of freeform optical design is currently limited by metrological techniques for validating manufactured designs. State-of-the-art measurement systems do not provide the flexibility, measurement bandwidth, or low measurement uncertainty required for producing freeform optics of the same quality achievable for spherical and aspheric parts. One promising avenue for reaching high-quality metrology is through the use of optical coordinate measuring machines (OCMM). These are 5-axis probing machines that use non-contact, optics-based probes for surface measurement. This research seeks to develop an optical probe with high measurement bandwidth and low measurement uncertainty in a compact form factor that provides linear and angular measurement of the optical surface under test. The probe uses homodyne interferometry in a Michelson configuration for linear displacement sensing, and a lens in combination with a position-sensitive detector in an autocollimation capacity for angular displacement sensing. Development of electronics and signal processing, as well as preliminary measurement results using a prototype probe, will be discussed.
Jonathan Ellis, along with researchers at the University of South Carolina and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte have recently had a paper accepted in Precision Engineering. The paper entitled, “Application of the continuous wavelet transform in periodic error compensation,” demonstrates a novel algorithm for the compensation of periodic error for both constant and non-constant velocity motion. Congratulations to first author Chao Lu, a MechE PhD student under Prof. Joshua A. Tarbutton at the University of South Carolina, for his first 1st author journal publication!
The prepress of the paper can be accessed here.