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1 November 1990 Optomechanical laboratory hardware: organization, terminology, and comments
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The reward for doing a survey of commercially available optomechanical laboratory hardware is a stack of glossy covered thick catalogs over a foot tall. On top of that you will have an additional foot of smaller catalogs and booklets. With a number of selected articles written over the last few years you will have an excellent coverage of the field. Over the last thirty five years (my coverage in the field) the amount and range of hardware has grown tremendously. As a first step, this paper presents an organization of the field in nine main topics. The second level down (only partially covered to conserve space) gives a number of sub topics which would appear in each of the main topic levels. The reams of index pages in every catalog were surveyed in order to produce this two level organization. As a natural follow on to the organization charts are the terminologies. It was felt that in a paper of this nature (again particularly to conserve space) that "one-lines" would be in order. In an earlier paper (Fine adjustment for optical alignment) a number of little controversies were stirred and it is assumed that will occur again. The words listed are defmed because of their frequent use in this field. There are many times that definitions in the world of engineering are slightly "bent" to fit a particular field. Therefore, "one-liners" are only a quick reference with further investigation and clarification obtained in a number of available dicüonaries. Now that things have been organized and defmed, a section has been provided for comments "of special interest". This will consist of industrial experiences, particular hardware worth mentioning and technical coverage, all related to the field of optomechanical laboratory hardware.
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Roger S. Reiss "Optomechanical laboratory hardware: organization, terminology, and comments", Proc. SPIE 1334, Current Developments in Optical Engineering IV, (1 November 1990);


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