The design and fabrication of components comprising ultraviolet and infrared optical systems require the same general engineering considerations to be given. In actuality, a variety of significant differences exist in the magnitude of considerations for optical systems in these two spectral regions. Among these are the optical materials available for use, surface finish, mechanical and optical fabrication techniques, housing and mounting methods, alignment and test, and cost. This paper contrasts and compares the practical issues facing the designer, fabricator, and assembler dealing with optical systems for the ultraviolet and infrared spectrums.
R. Barry Johnson, R. Barry Johnson,
"What's different about ultraviolet and infrared optics?", Proc. SPIE 10265, Optomechanical Design: A Critical Review, 1026504 (28 December 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.61101; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.61101