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Optical Metrology

Definition: the science and technology of performing measurements with light

German: optische Metrologie

Category: optical metrology

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Optical metrology is the science and technology concerning measurements with light. Such measurements can either target properties of light and light sources or properties of objects such as dimensions, distances and temperatures.

Some examples of optical metrology are:

In many cases, optical metrology can be extremely precise and is ultimately limited by laser noise.


The RP Photonics Buyer's Guide contains 31 suppliers for optical metrology equipment. Among them:

See also: frequency metrology, optical clocks, interferometers, distance measurements with lasers, optical profilometers, laser noise, spectrometers, wavemeters
and other articles in the category optical metrology

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