MSc Coordinator
E. Matroos
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A wafer scanner writes structures with a resolution of 10 nanometer on chips via its 15 meter optical path comprising over 50 optical elements that are controlled by a variety of optical sensors. The exciting field of micro system technology enables realisation of micrometre small optical systems, like sensors integrated in catheters used for diagnosis of blood in the smallest vessels of our body.

Telescopes gather their star light photon-by-photon from the edges of the universe using a 42 meter primary mirror composed of 800 active mirrors. The light is analysed by high end spectrometers helping us unravel the mystery of the origin of the universe.

All these systems are examples of high-end opto-mechatronics or micro-optical systems. They are also products of the industries involved in our research and course programme.

We offer a curriculum that will educate you to become an excellent opto-mechatronics engineer. This programme has been developed in close collaboration with the High-Tech industry. Therefore most of our final assignments are defined together with the industries involved. Furthermore we are working on a research programme in micro-optics and opto-mechatronics defining the next steps for industry and science in subjects such as picometrology, adaptive optics and fiber technology. 

Course Programme
By nature the Opto-Mechatronics curriculum is a multi-disciplinary programme. The courses are taught by specialists from the different groups involved, including PME, TNW, DCSC, and EWI. Guest lectures of senior designers from the industry are also incorporated for instance in the course on opto-mechatronic system development.

The curriculum is built around the four main learning goals: General understanding of optics basics physics; general understanding of optical instruments; manufacturing technology for micro-optomechatronical elements; and optomechatronical system design.

In the MO track you will learn how optics principles and system requirements are to be translated into optical systems with high performance, for example in terms of extreme stability, zero thermal drift or small volume for micro optical systems.

You will also gain knowledge and understanding of advanced optical systems like interferometers, spectrometers, microscope and telescopes and their applications in industry. You will also be trained  in the basics of system engineering, including error budgeting and appropriate verification techniques. The programme is completed with courses on design principles, thermo-mechanics, engineering dynamics and motion control.

This course programme will not only educate you in opto-mechatronics and micro optics. It also is an excellent start to become a junior system designer in a multi disciplinary design team in High-Tech industry. You will have worked together and taught by specialists from different disciplines and faculties during your master course. You have worked on assignments in which multi disciplinary system design approach is strongly incorporated.

Pilot and track record

In September 2017 this track will start for the first time. PME has a long standing record on MSc assignments and research on opto-mechatronics, some of which in collaboration with industry and TNO.

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