Ultra-precision machining of photonics

Ultra-precision machining of photonic components has revolutionised the production of optics, such as freeform lens and mirrors. Modern ultra-precision stages and diamond tools allow bulk optics to be formed with nanometer surface roughness and tolerances. This project will develop tools and ultra-precision processes that are designed specifically for photonics providing nanometer tolerances in a variety of materials including glasses, semiconductor and non-linear crystalline materials.

This collaborative project will target areas such as telecommunications, waveguide-based optics, and development of atom and ion trap systems for quantum computing and sensing.