Prof. Thomas D. Milster
Professor of Optical Sciences & ECE at College of Optical Sciences Univ of Arizona
SPIE Involvement:
Fellow status | Conference Program Committee | Conference Chair | Symposium Committee | Conference Co-Chair | Symposium Chair | Author | Editor | Instructor
Publications (101)

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | September 12, 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10400, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VIII
KEYWORDS: Coronagraphy, Etching, Optical fabrication, Silicon, Tolerancing, Semiconducting wafers, Photomasks, Exoplanets, Photoresist materials, Point spread functions

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | September 5, 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10401, Astronomical Optics: Design, Manufacture, and Test of Space and Ground Systems
KEYWORDS: Lithography, Adaptive optics, Manufacturing, Wavefront sensors, Optics manufacturing, Optical components, Optical fabrication, Prototyping

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | September 1, 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10400, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VIII
KEYWORDS: Staring arrays, Exoplanets, Distortion, Imaging systems, Planets, Exoplanetary science, Stars, Astronomical imaging, Mirrors, Diffraction

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | August 30, 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10319, Laser Beam Propagation in the Atmosphere

SPIE Conference Volume | December 30, 2016

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | September 17, 2016
Proc. SPIE. 9921, Plasmonics: Design, Materials, Fabrication, Characterization, and Applications XIV
KEYWORDS: Gold, Atmospheric particles, Scanning electron microscopy, Silicon, Microscopes, Nanoparticles, Binary data, Luminescence, Femtosecond phenomena, Near infrared

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Conference Committee Involvement (22)
Optical Data Storage 2018: industrial Optical Devices and Systems
19 August 2018 | San Diego, California, United States
Optical Data Storage 2017: From New Materials to New Systems
6 August 2017 | San Diego, California, United States
Optical Data Storage 2016
28 August 2016 | San Diego, California, United States
Optical Data Storage 2015
9 August 2015 | San Diego, California, United States
Optical Data Storage 2014
18 August 2014 | San Diego, California, United States
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Course Instructor
SC379: Physics and Engineering of Solid Immersion Lens Optical Systems
This course provides attendees with a basic understanding of the physical principles that are relevant to solid immersion lenses (SILs), which are used to dramatically improve resolution in scanning laser microscopes. Both geometrical and wave-optics modeling are used to illustrate features of SILs. Since the SIL is used with one surface in proximity to the sample, the properties of the interface and light propagation into the sample are studied in detail. Contrast in the reflected-light signal is examined for a data storage application. The potential and state-of-the-art for SIL systems is reviewed.
SC707: Basics of Optical Imaging in Microlithography: A Hands-on Approach
A basic 'hands on' lecture is presented, in which students are given various optical components, including a source, lenses, gratings, etc., that are used to build a personal optical bench. Basic concepts of imaging, resolution, coherence factor, on-axis illumination, off-axis illumination, binary masks, phase-shift masks, etc., are examined by the students operating in small groups under the direction of the instructor. These concepts are related to real lithographic systems using basic principles and simulation. This course is intended to provide a foundation for the follow-on course, "Imaging and Optics Fundamentals in Microlithography" (SC706).
SC920: Near-Field Recording Technology
Topics to be discussed include an introduction to near-field recording, both solid immersion lens (SIL) and transducer based technology, and the theory of data readout and gap control. In addition, a number of real-world examples and demonstrations will be provided, including working examples of very high NA (1.4 – 2.0) lenses (design, manufacturing and testing), and a Near-Field set-up with an actuated SIL: light path, optical components and control signals, in particular for gap control. We will also cover topics on recording, such as gap signal normalization, chromatic aberration, first-surface and cover-layer protected media, and experimental results.
SC012: Miniature Optics for Diode Lasers and Beam Shaping
This course will introduce the design and packaging of present and future laser diode systems for applications in sensors, instrumentation and telecommunications. Topics will include (1) a review of laser diode optical properties; (2) collimation, focusing, circularization and astigmatism correction in laser diodes; (3) a topical overview of miniature optical components; and (4) an advanced design example.
SC707A: Basics of Optical Imaging in Microlithography: A Hands-On Approach
A basic 'hands on' lecture is presented, in which students are given various optical components, including a source, lenses, gratings, etc., that are used to build a personal optical bench. Basic concepts of imaging, resolution, coherence factor, on-axis illumination, off-axis illumination, binary masks, phase-shift masks, etc., are examined by the students operating in small groups under the direction of the instructor. These concepts are related to real lithographic systems using basic principles and simulation. This course is intended to provide a foundation for the follow-on course, "Imaging and Optics Fundamentals in Microlithography" (SC706).
SC921: Physical Optics - A Hands-on Approach
A basic 'hands on' lecture is presented, in which students are given various optical components, including sources, lenses, gratings, etc., that are used to build a personal optical bench. Basic concepts of interference, coherence, and diffraction are examined by the students operating in small groups under the direction of the instructor. These concepts are related to real optical systems and instruments.
SC957: Physical Optics "Hands On" Lab: Diffraction
A basic 'hands on' lecture is presented, in which students are given various optical components, including sources, lenses, gratings, etc., that are used to build a personal optical bench. Basic concepts of diffraction are examined by the students operating in small groups under the direction of the instructor. These concepts are related to real optical systems and instruments.
SC707B: Basics of Optical Imaging in Microlithography: A Hands-On Approach
A basic 'hands on' lecture is presented, in which students are given various optical components, including a source, lenses, gratings, etc., that are used to build a personal optical bench. Basic concepts of imaging, resolution, coherence factor, on-axis illumination, off-axis illumination, binary masks, phase-shift masks, etc., are examined by the students operating in small groups under the direction of the instructor. These concepts are related to real lithographic systems using basic principles and simulation. This course is intended to provide a foundation for the follow-on course, "Imaging and Optics Fundamentals in Microlithography" (SC706).
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