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Three-dimensional micromeasurements on smooth and rough surfaces with a new confocal optical profiler
Author(s): Roger Artigas; Agusti Pinto; Ferran Laguarta
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Paper Abstract

One of the objectives of surface metrology is to obtain a better and faster assessment of the micro- or nanogeometry of component surfaces. In this way the innovative concept of the profiler is changing towards non-contact modular computer- controlled systems for measuring and analyzing shape and texture of a surface. In this paper we present a new instrument which is based on the concept of confocal microscopy. In this instrument (which may be used for measurements on smooth and rough surfaces) a pattern of slits is imaged by a very high numerical aperture optical system on the surface of the sample to be measured. The reflected or diffused light is observed with a CCD array and analyzed with different digital image processing algorithms. In addition to the replacement of the existing stylus systems there are also important new potential applications for this type of instrument. We present the results obtained in micro- or nanomeasurements of high precision optical surfaces, texture assessment of non-homogeneous liquid depositions and metrology of microstructures such as master gratings and certified calibration standards. The obtained results show that the confocal profiler is robust enough to provide a surface topography with spatial resolution lower than 0.5 micrometer and uncertainty of about 10 nm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 September 1999
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3824, Optical Measurement Systems for Industrial Inspection, (21 September 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.364243
Show Author Affiliations
Roger Artigas, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain)
Agusti Pinto, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain)
Ferran Laguarta, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3824:
Optical Measurement Systems for Industrial Inspection
Malgorzata Kujawinska; Wolfgang Osten, Editor(s)

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