Dr. Kate Medicus
CEO at Ruda Optical
SPIE Involvement:
Symposia Committee | Conference Program Committee | Author | Instructor | Science Fair Judge
Publications (25)

Proceedings Article | 28 September 2023 Presentation + Paper
Proceedings Volume 12669, 126690G (2023) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2677427
KEYWORDS: Tolerancing, Interfaces, Standards development, Cameras, Detector arrays, Optics manufacturing, Manufacturing, Image quality, Optical alignment, Sensors

Proceedings Article | 3 October 2022 Presentation + Paper
Proceedings Volume 12222, 122220A (2022) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2633612
KEYWORDS: Optomechanical design, Modulation transfer functions, Glasses, Mechanical engineering, Optical design, Metals, Tolerancing

Proceedings Article | 20 August 2020 Presentation + Paper
Martin Tangari Larrategui, Victor Densmore, Lee Johnson, Christopher Giokaris, Kate Medicus, Kenneth Castle, Tilman Stuhlinger
Proceedings Volume 11488, 1148809 (2020) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2569759
KEYWORDS: Glasses, Tolerancing, Imaging systems, Wavefronts, Refractive index, Aluminum, Optical components, Temperature metrology, Optics manufacturing

Proceedings Article | 19 September 2018 Paper
Proceedings Volume 10747, 107470G (2018) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2324941
KEYWORDS: Spherical lenses, Tolerancing, Zemax, Plano

Proceedings Article | 14 September 2018 Presentation + Paper
Daniel Brooks, Matthew Brunelle, Timothy Lynch, Kate Medicus
Proceedings Volume 10742, 107420L (2018) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2321157
KEYWORDS: Surface finishing, Polishing, Robotics, Optics manufacturing, Manufacturing, Freeform optics, Aerodynamics

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Conference Committee Involvement (11)
Applied Optical Metrology VI
3 August 2025 | San Diego, California, United States
Interferometry and Structured Light 2024
21 August 2024 | San Diego, California, United States
Applied Optical Metrology V
22 August 2023 | San Diego, California, United States
Interferometry XXI
24 August 2022 | San Diego, California, United States
Applied Optical Metrology IV
4 August 2021 | San Diego, California, United States
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Course Instructor
SC010: Introduction to Optical Alignment Techniques
Optical system alignment can be especially challenging and infuriating, even for a “simple” system. This is due to two main challenges – the inability to physically touch/probe the optical axis (the light passing through the optical components), and the tolerances required to achieve good optical performance (may be order(s) of magnitude tighter than mechanical tolerances. This course will provide optical engineers and technicians the tools for aligning typical optical systems. These tools will include theory, equipment, and the tricks of trade.
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