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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 itself or other properties such as some distance.

Some examples of optical metrology are:

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


The RP Photonics Buyer's Guide contains 23 suppliers for optical metrology equipment. Among them:

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

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