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In this chapter, we consider several techniques for mounting individual prisms in optical instruments by semi-kinematic and non-kinematic clamping and bonding them in mechanical structures. A technique for mounting larger prisms on flexures also is described. Although most of the discussions deal with glass prisms interfacing with metal mounts, the designs are generally applicable to prisms made of optical crystals and plastics and to attaching prisms to non-metallic cells, brackets, and housings. Numerous examples are included to illustrate the use of given design principles.
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