The measurement and characterization of micro-optical elements, systems and materials related to a variety of aspects like shape, displacement, deformation, strain / stresses, material constants, chemical composition etc. is a huge area which requires extended, multidisciplinary knowledge and a wide range of expensive instrumentation. The NEMO Centre for Measurement and Instrumentation includes twenty four institutes, whose joint expertise and capabilities do not only cover nearly all important measurement and characterization methods; they also comprise a big pool of commercial and internally developed instrumentation. In this paper we present the main tasks of this Centre. In this paper we will also review the expertise of the NEMO partners in micro-optics measurement and characterization with the emphasis on aspects. Also interesting issues connected with the definition of optimised measurement chains, data analysis and standardization of measurement procedures will be touched upon. Finally we will discuss the future structure of the Centre and its potential to provide virtual or on-site access to an electronic library which already contains a considerable amount of information on the large pool of instrumentation, jointly provided by the NEMO's partners.
Malgorzata Kujawinska, Christophe Gorecki, Heidi Ottevaere, Pawel Szczepanski, and Hugo Thienpont, Proc. SPIE Int. Soc. Opt. Eng. 5858, 585801 (Aug. 29, 2005) Download the PDF