Karen Westland visited Durham Precision Optics, associated with Durham University, for 2 days to fabricate custom Compound Parabolic Concentrators (CPCs) utilizing diamond machining. Their metrology lab offered white light interferometry to characterize the surface quality of the diamond machined CPCs and the CPCs Karen had made through craft processes. The placement facilitated the production of four custom non-imaging optics and white light interferometry data to characterize the surface quality of the CPCs. This opportunity provided access to diamond machining, metrology and an opportunity to network with an optics company to build connections for the research group.
This research was funded by an EPSRC Innovation Placement