San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California, United States
11 - 15 August 2019
Course (SC1086)
Optical Materials, Fabrication and Testing for the Optical Engineer
Wednesday 14 August 2019
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Member Price $330.00
Non-Member Price $390.00
Student Member Price $186.00
  • Course Level:
  • Introductory
  • CEU:
  • 0.4
This course is designed to give the optical engineer or lens designer an introduction to the technologies and techniques of optical materials, fabrication and testing. This knowledge will help the optical engineer understand how the choice of optical specifications and tolerances can either lead to more cost effective optical components, or can excessively drive the price up. Topics covered include optical materials, traditional, CNC and novel optical fabrication technologies, surface testing and fabrication tolerances.
Learning Outcomes
  • identify key mechanical, chemical and thermal properties of optical materials (glass, crystals and ceramics) and how they affect the optical system performance and cost of optical components
  • describe the basic processes of optical fabrication
  • define meaningful surface and dimensional tolerances
  • communicate effectively with optical fabricators
  • design optical components that are able to be manufactured and measured using state of the art optical fabrication technologies
  • choose the optimum specifications and tolerances for your next project
Optical engineers, lens designers, or managers who wish to learn more about how optical materials, fabrication and testing affect the optical designer. Undergraduate training in engineering or science is assumed.
About the
Jessica DeGroote Nelson is the Director of Technology and Strategy at Optimax Systems, Inc. She is an adjunct faculty member at The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester teaching both an undergraduate and graduate course on Optical Fabrication and Testing, and has given several guest lectures on optical fabrication and metrology methods. She earned a Ph.D. in Optics at The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. Dr. Nelson is a member of both OSA and SPIE.
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