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Who's Afraid of Freeform Optics?

Jan 18, 2018


Learn about freeform optical design and manufacturing with Spectrum Scientific, Inc. (SSI), and get answers to these questions:

  • Should I be afraid of freeform optics? (Spoiler alert: The answer is no!)
  • What are freeform optics?
  • What is the mainstream availability?
  • What are the benefits of using freeform optics?
  • How can I design freeform surfaces in OpticStudio?
  • How do I transition from freeform design to manufacturing with SSI?
  • Which metrology methods are best?

David Cook is the general manager at Spectrum Scientific, Inc. Prior to founding SSI in 2004, he was an engineering manager responsible for diffractive and aspheric optics manufacturing at the West Coast Optics Division of PerkinElmer. Mr. Cook also worked at Physical Optics Corporation and Northrop’s Electronic Systems Division. He earned a bachelor’s degree in optical engineering.

Daphnie Chakran is the president and CEO of Spectrum Scientific, Inc. She joined SSI in 2004 as the president. Daphnie has a broad background, including research and development, sales and marketing, business development, operations, and international business. Ms. Chakran earned a degree in laser and optical engineering.

Dave Erickson is the CTO at Spectrum Scientific, Inc. He has more than 45 years of experience designing and manufacturing high-precision optical components and systems, holding senior positions at CVI Melles Griot, Zygo Corp, PerkinElmer, and Corning Corp before joining SSI. Mr. Erickson has worked on numerous high-profile projects and received a NASA Public Service Group Achievement Award for his optical design and manufacturing work on the Wide Field and Planetary Camera used on the Hubble Space Telescope’s first servicing mission, among others.

Erin Elliott is a principal optical engineer and researcher at Zemax. Prior to joining Zemax, she spent a decade working on the James Webb Space Telescope. Dr. Elliott also worked on instruments and testbeds for various NASA missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope, the Large Binocular Telescope, the Giant Magellan Telescope, and the Terrestrial Planet Finder. She earned a PhD in optics from the University of Arizona.

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