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Focal Point, piezosystem jena Partner on Autofocus Systems

Photonics.com
Jun 2012
BOISE, Idaho, and HOPEDALE, Mass., June 11, 2012 — Focal Point Inc. and piezosystem jena Inc. have entered into a partnership to deliver turnkey autofocus systems for high-speed metrology and biological imaging applications.

The effects of thermal drift on systems are becoming increasingly important since the advent of superresolution microscopes and the introduction of complex imaging techniques for biology. Direct-write optical processing is an expanding field that is making inroads into more traditional photolithography methods. Both applications require nanometer-scale stability between sample and lens.

“We fill a need in the market right now for very robust systems insensitive to tilt and diffraction effects often common in industrial settings, and we will be releasing even more dramatic improvements in focus measurement and control technology in the near future. Stay tuned for exciting new developments,” said Dan Marshall, CTO of Focal Point.

“Focal Point’s extensive experience in semiconductor and printing technology applications nicely complements our knowledge of the superresolution microscopy field,” said Jim Litynski, CEO of piezosystem jena. “Bringing both technologies together will open up new possibilities in test, measurement and biological research.”

For more information, visit: www.focal-pt.com or www.piezojena.com



GLOSSARY
autofocus system
A means of adjusting the sharpness of an image automatically, with a sensor for estimating distance or contrast and a drive mechanism to adjust the lens. Active systems generate a light source to which the sensor responds; passive systems rely on ambient illumination.
focal point
That point on the optical axis of a lens, to which an incident bundle of parallel light rays will converge.
metrology
The science of measurement, particularly of lengths and angles.
photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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