Control System for Ultra Precision Processing – Miss Karen Yu
High precision manufacturing of nano- and micro-sized objects has become the focus of industrial research due to a need to cram ever more into smaller devices. From smart phones to glucose monitors, today’s technologies are entrenched within the ideals of miniaturization, resulting in high precision manufacturing as a dominant market force.
Traditional macro-manufacturing (≥ 10 μm parts and features) use closed loop monitoring and feedback to detect errors and correct them during processing, resulting in lower production defects. However, this is much more difficult to accomplish on the micro- and nanoscales. To this end, the goal of this project is to create a closed loop system capable of delivering high-precision laser processing for rapid micro- and nano-production.
Two metrologies systems, optical coherence tomography (OCT) and digital holographic microscopy (DHM), will be used to provide in-situ inspection and feedback. The system also features a nanometre precision 5-axis stage and various other monitoring to maintain beam alignment and consistency (e.g. average power, beam shape). Four different processing wavelengths (355 nm, 532 nm, 1030 nm, and 1064 nm), two different pulse durations (< 15 ps and 300 fs), and a variable repetition rate from single pulse to 2 MHz are available to process most materials. This project also represents the first part of the Precision Laser FIB Platform, responsible for bulk removal and characterization before final finishing with a FIB.
Yu, K.X.Z., Sparkes, M. R., Pangovski, K. and O’Neill. W. (2016). Monitoring and closed loop feedback control of ultrafast glass welding, Poster abstract, Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology, 30 May-3 June 2016, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK, 445-446.
Yu, K.X.Z., Sparkes, M. R., Pangovski, K. and O’Neill. W. (2016). Monitoring and closed loop feedback control of ultrafast glass welding, Poster presentation at the 16th International Conference of the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology, 30 May-3 June 2016, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK. P6.24
Yu, K., Sparkes, M. and O’Neill. (2015). Control system for ultra precision processing, Laser Processes in Ultra Precision Manufacturing, 15 October 2015, Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK.
Yu, K. (2015). Control system for ultra precision processing, PhD project video produced for an informal Centre ompetition in 2015, where Karen came third.
Yu, K. X. Z., Sparkes, M. and O’Neill. W. (2015). OCT and DHM – Control system for ultra precision processing, Mikroniek, 55 (5), 32-35.