ASE Optics Europe has become a part of the ITER Project

Posted November 4, 2015 Angela Wiesmore & filed under News & Events

Date Announced: 29 Oct 2015

On March 2015, ASE Optics Europe has won a sub-contract for the design upgrade of the In-Vessel Viewing and metrology System (IVVS) as part of the ITER project through Fusion for Energy and Oxford Technologies Limited. The project is led by Fusion For Energy (F4E), and ASE Optics Europe is responsible for the design upgrade, mocking-up and testing of the probe optical system. ASE EU is in charge of the provision of engineering support in the area of remote handling. “The IVVS is a critical metrology instrument which will be deployed inside the reactor chamber to measure the erosion of the chamber walls and ultimately be able to assess the amount of material which the plasma has eroded” details Thomas Siegel, PhD and head of R&D of ASE Optics Europe, responsible for the process.

During this on-going contract, ASE Optics Europe will successively upgrade the current IVVS design, build a functional prototype and characterize its performance. “ASE Optics input into this project is essential they have demonstrated their optical engineering expertise through their critical analysis and optical design and I have no doubt this will this continue through the assembly and test of the prototype” declares Zino Perdikou, Systems Engineering Team Leader of Oxford Technologies Ltd.

ASE Optics Europe won the Project thanks in particular to its experience and expertise in the field of optical design, laser technology and its capabilities in the development of high-precision and custom optical systems. Specifically, the project on which ASE Optics Europe is working is located in the area of metrology and measurement of the Fusion Chamber by means of optical technology system. “After joining the IVVS project at a late stage, ASE Optics have impressed F4E with their ability to rapidly absorb the large amount of technical information related to the system, and have already make a number of key design recommendations that should offset some major technical risks in the project. ASE’s innovative optical analysis and design work, backed up by their physical prototyping and testing, should allow a large reduction in complexity of the IVVS. This will result in reduced cost and improved reliability for this key ITER diagnostic system.” Says Dr. Philip Bates, from Fusion for Energy (Remote Handling Project Team / ITER Department)

The challenges of the ITER project require the best technological and scientific expertise from a wide range of companies and fields, and ASE Optics Europe is now a part of this large and global scale project: “We are proud to be able to contribute our know-how to the development of one of the critical instruments within the ITER project.” says T. Siegel.

About ASE Optics Europe

ASE Optics Europe specializes in optical engineering, design and fabrication for product development. We design and develop custom optoelectronic and optomechanical systems, precision optics and prototypes. We provide optical engineering support for companies and research facilities who cannot find, cannot afford, or cannot justify having an optical engineer on staff. We help companies and institutions to improve their current instruments, incorporating optical turnkey systems.

Whatever the design challenges, ASE Optics Europe can help delivering technologies with mission-critical performance. We can achieve the stringent specifications required by the high-end applications of our customers. ASE Optics Europe is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rochester Precision Optics.

About ITER

Project ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor), is the major international experiment with the aim of demonstrating the scientific and technical feasibility of fusion as an energy source. In this project, the most advanced nations in the world co-operate in the development of a major potential new technology, to be able to cover the growing demand of energy in the world.


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