Designing optical subsystems not only requires consideration of the optical properties of the optical components but also
examination of the properties of the mechanical subsystem structures such as e.g., alignment or mounting structures. This
is essential since most optical subsystems extend over three dimensions and are realized in modular setups, where the
optical components are mounted and adjusted by means of mechanical structures. Hence, the contour accuracy of these
structures is crucial for the adjusted alignment of the optical components and therefore for the system’s performance.
The contour accuracy depends on both the fabrication processes and the operational conditions of the optical subsystem.
This leads to our concept of comprehensive modeling and simulation where not only optical properties are to be
simulated but as well the influences of the mechanical system structures on the optical performance.
"Comprehensive modelling and simulation of micro-optical subsystems", Proc. SPIE 8550, Optical Systems Design 2012, 855002 (18 December 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.981181; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.981181