Lions and tigers and bears, oh my, toriods, polynominals, and Zernikes, oh my. Freeforms! Why is everyone talking about freeform optics so much? This talk will cover the basics of freeform optical components. Why do people want freeforms? How are they defined? And how can they be made and measured?
Kate Medicus is the R&D Team Leader at Optimax Systems. Her background is in precision engineering through NIST and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she received her PhD focusing on the metrology of optical components. At Optimax, Kate leads a team that is focusing on developing manufacturing and metrology methods and processes for the next generation of optical components.