Presented by: Ulrike Fuchs, asphericon
Designing and fabricating optics requires teamwork with many specialists, from material scientists who research and study the chemical structures of synthetic or composite materials, to optical engineers who design precision systems and the technicians who assemble them. Not only does everyone need to understand his or her own craft, but today's environment requires a shared understanding of the processes and requirements of all the areas along the manufacturing chain in order to realize success. In addition, the demands for traceability of individual components and entire systems as well as the increasing automation of production processes, are rising.
About the presenter
Ulrike Fuchs, Ph.D., studied physics at the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena from 1999 to 2004, majoring in optics. Subsequently, she pursued her Ph.D. at Fraunhofer IOF and received her doctorate in 2009. Postdoctoral, she worked as research associate at the IOF Micro-Optical Department and as assistant lecturer at the Abbe School of Photonics. In 2010 she joined asphericon and became Head of the Applications Department in 2012. Her current position oversees all R&D activities as well as strategic product development. She was elected a Fellow of OSA in 2020, and previously received the Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award in 2018. She is also a Senior Member of OSA.
Fuchs started her academic career in 2003 working on numerical simulations for ultrashort pulse propagation in complex optical system. Joining asphericon in 2010 as an optical designer shifted her research focus to interlinking manufacturing of aspherics and metrology with questions in optical design. She is continuously working on concepts that allow a prediction of system performance during optical design and tolerancing processes. Recently, great emphasis is put on transferring those ideas to freeform optics.