SBIR Phase I: Multistatic Spectral Interferometry for Precision Profilometry

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National Science Foundation
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Small Business Information
Chiaro Technologies LLC
1600 Range St, Ste 102, Boulder, CO, 80301-2739
Hubzone Owned:
Woman Owned:
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Principal Investigator
 Eric Moore
 (303) 554-0557
Business Contact
 Eric Moore
Phone: (303) 554-0557
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I project will demonstrate innovative new technology for high precision, non-contact 3D imaging and metrology with order of magnitude improvement in lateral resolution, depth of field, and measurement speed over existing commercial optical profiling methods. This technology, called Multistatic Spectral Interferometry (MSI), combines diverse cutting edge technological developments in swept-wavelength interferometry (SWI) and multistatic radar processing. Unlike conventional optical metrology approaches, MSI does not rely on lens based imaging, pixelated image sensors, or mechanical scanning. As a result, MSI can perform 3D surface profile measurements with nanometer level precision in all three dimensions throughout an extended measurement volume, all acquired with a single wavelength sweep of a tunable laser. This approach will enable new solutions to unmet market needs for metrology of high-slope, high-aspect ratio components such as molded aspheric optics. This program will demonstrate the feasibility of MSI though detailed numerical simulation of the system together with experimental verification. The anticipated results will demonstrate the capability of MSI to meet critical market needs and provide a computational framework for design and modeling of MSI systems. The broader impact/commercial potential of this project includes addressing a critical commercial need within the multibillion dollar CMOS camera market and strengthening research collaborations and technology transfer between industry and academia. Ever increasing image quality requirements for cell phone cameras and other miniature imaging systems have driven the need for new metrology capabilities for rapidly testing diamond turned molds and molded aspheric optics. These components require nanometer level shape tolerances in three dimensions, while their high slopes and high aspect ratios render existing surface profilometry solutions unsuitable. This program will demonstrate the ability of MSI to meet critical market requirements, leading to commercialization of MSI technology, associated job growth, and availability of new measurement capabilities. Through collaboration between industry and academia, this program will promote meaningful educational, research, and mentorship opportunities for engineering students. Additionally, this program will leverage and expand academic research infrastructure, improving available research tools. Development of MSI technology and successful commercialization will provide greatly increased metrological capabilities over current state of the art instrumentation. Improved measurement technology drives improved fabrication and manufacturing technologies, enabling further technological advancement across a wide range of industries and providing new tools for advancing discovery and understanding.

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