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In this chapter, we consider several techniques for mounting individual prisms in optical instruments by kinematic, semikinematic, and nonkinematic clamping as well as bonding them to mechanical structures. Techniques for mounting larger prisms on flexures are also described. Although most of the discussions deal with glass prisms interfacing with metal mountings, the designs would generally be applicable to prisms made of optical crystals and to attaching prisms to nonmetallic cells, brackets, and housings. Numerous examples are included to illustrate the use of important design principles.
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