Optical quality control of MEMS and microsystems is challenging as
these structures are micro-scale and three dimensional. Here we lay out different
optical systems that can be used for 3D optical quality control in general and
for such structures in particular. We further investigate one of these technologies
– plenoptic cameras and characterize them for the described task, showing advantages and disadvantages. Key advantages are a huge increase in depth of field compared to conventional microscope camera systems allowing for fast acquisition of
non-flat systems and secondly the resulting total focus images and depth maps.
Finally we conclude that these advantages render plenoptic cameras a valuable
technology for the application of quality control.
S. Ratchev (Ed.): IPAS 2020, IFIP AICT 620, pp. 220–232, 2021