Visit by Prof Peter de Groot, Zygo Corporation

The Future Metrology Hub was delighted to host Prof Peter de Groot last week and showcase the optics and optical development research and facilities.

Prof de Groot spent a full day at Huddersfield to share his passion and knowledge of optical metrology as well as look at opportunities for future cooperation.

His talk, entitled “Evolution and Revolution in Interferometric Optical Metrology” provided an interesting debate on the future of optical instrument development. He also spent time in the custom built advanced optical laboratory where the Huddersfield academics are developing on-line measurement techniques for surface metrology.

Prof de Groot, a renowned expert in his field, with experience in both academic and commercial environments, has seen three decades of developments that have been truly revolutionary.

Prof Jane Jiang, who hosted his visit with Dr Hussam Muhamedsalih, said: “We were honoured to welcome Prof de Groot to Huddersfield as his research has really pushed the boundaries of interferometric optical metrology.”

Staff of the Future Metrology Hub alongside Prof Peter de Groot in the Optics and Optical Development facilities

Staff of the Future Metrology Hub along with Prof Peter de Groot in the optics and optical development facilities

Prof Peter de Groot: Biography

Peter is the Executive Director of R&D at ZYGO, where he heads the Innovations Group, tasked with the solving challenging problems in optical metrology using inventive instruments and methods. He is additionally an Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham. Peter is a physics PhD with 30 years’ experience in optics, specializing in interferometric methods for position and displacement monitoring, 3D form measurement, and surface texture analysis. He Peter is an inventor for 135 US patents, an author of 160 papers and book chapters, an OSA Fellow, a Fellow and Board member of the SPIE, and multiple award winner for innovation.