Optomechanics is a field of mechanics that addresses the specific design challenges associated with optical systems. This Field Guide describes how to mount optical components, as well as how to analyze a given design. It is intended for practicing optical and mechanical engineers whose work requires knowledge in both optics and mechanics.
Throughout the text, we describe typical mounting approaches for lenses, mirrors, prisms, and windows; standard hardware and the types of adjustments and stages available to the practicing engineer are also included. Common issues involved with mounting optical components are discussed, including stress, glass strength, thermal effects, vibration, and errors due to motion. A useful collection of material properties for glasses, metals, and adhesives, as well as guidelines for tolerancing optics and machined parts can be found throughout the book.
The structure of the book follows Jim Burge's optomechanics course curriculum at the University of Arizona. We offer our thanks to all those who helped with the book's development and who provided content and input. Much of the subject matter and many of the designs are derived from the work of Paul Yoder and Dan Vukobratovich; their feedback is greatly appreciated.
College of Optical Sciences
University of Arizona