16 October 2017 Applying MRF to errors caused by optical and opto-mechanical assembly
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Proceedings Volume 10448, Optifab 2017; 104480K (2017) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2279890
Event: SPIE Optifab, 2017, Rochester, New York, United States
Optical system designers are well-versed in optimizing the performance of a system. The impact of the optical and optomechanical assembly, however, poses a significant challenge to attaining the modelled performance in practice. The system engineers are tasked with designing tooling, fixtures and procedures that minimize such impacts, employing well known modeling and analysis techniques. Despite these efforts the resulting system performance often exhibits errors that can be directly related to the assembly process.

In the face of lost system performance, the optical designer can compensate with more stringent component and alignment specifications. Alternatively, at the risk of a more complex design, she can consider active compensation, or the addition of compensation components. Yet another path is correcting the components after assembly to regain the original optical performance.

MRF is well known for its ability to produce state of the art optical components, lenses, mirrors, etc. In this paper we will explore and demonstrate its application to correcting errors induced by various assembly techniques by reviewing several examples, their respective challenges and the results of the post assembly corrections.
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Christopher Hall, Christopher Hall, Bill Messner, Bill Messner, Mike DeMarco, Mike DeMarco, } "Applying MRF to errors caused by optical and opto-mechanical assembly", Proc. SPIE 10448, Optifab 2017, 104480K (16 October 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2279890; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2279890

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