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Opto-Mechanical Systems Design
Third Edition
by Paul R Yoder, Jr.

Opto-Mechanical Systems Design continues to be the reference of choice for professionals fusing optical and mechanical components into advanced, high-performance instruments.


  • Offers a detailed overview of the latest developments and technologies in the field of opto-mechanics
  • Explains statistical estimation of lifetime and ways to maximize fracture strength of optics
  • Presents new theories for effects of temperature changes on mounting forces and stresses
  • Includes new discussions of characteristics of the space environment, vibration criteria for sensitive equipment environments, and laser damage to optics
  • Contains updated and expanded tables of mechanical properties featuring new materials


The Opto-Mechanical Design Process

  • Conceptualization
  • Performance Specifications and Design Constraints
  • Preliminary Design
  • Design Analysis and Computer Modeling
  • Error Budgets and Tolerances
  • Experimental Modeling
  • Finalizing the Design
  • Design Reviews
  • Manufacturing the Instrument
  • Evaluating the End Product
  • Documenting the Design

Environmental Influences

  • Parameters of Concern
  • Environmental Testing of Optics

Opto-Mechanical Characteristics of Materials

  • Materials for Refracting Optics
  • Materials for Reflecting Optics
  • Materials for Mechanical Components
  • Adhesives
  • Sealants
  • Special Coatings for Opto-Mechanical Materials
  • Techniques for Manufacturing Opto-Mechanical Parts

Mounting Individual Lenses

  • Considerations of Centered Optics
  • Cost Impacts of Fabrication Tolerances
  • Lens Weight and Center of Gravity Location
  • Mounting Individual Low-Precision Lenses
  • Mountings for Lenses with Curved Rims
  • Mountings Interfacing with Spherical Surfaces
  • Elastomeric Mountings for Lenses
  • Mounting Lenses on Flexures
  • Alignment of the Individual Lens
  • Mounting Plastic Lenses

Mounting Multiple Lenses

  • Multielement Spacing Considerations
  • Examples of Lens Assemblies with No Moving Parts
  • Examples of Lens Assemblies Containing Moving Parts
  • Lathe Assembly Techniques
  • Microscope Objectives
  • Assemblies Using Plastic Parts
  • Liquid Coupling of Lenses
  • Catadioptric Assemblies
  • Alignment of Multi-Lens Assemblies
  • Alignment of Reflecting Telescope Systems

Mounting Windows and Filters

  • Conventional Window Mounts
  • Special Window Mounts
  • Mounts for Shells and Domes
  • Conformal Windows
  • Filter Mounts
  • Windows Subject to a Pressure Differential

Designing and Mounting Prisms

  • Geometric Relationships
  • Designs for Typical Prisms
  • Kinematic and Semikinematic Prism Mounting Principles
  • Mounting Prisms by Clamping
  • Mounting Prisms by Bonding
  • Flexure Mounts for Prisms

Design and Mounting Small, Nonmetallic Mirrors, Gratings, Pellicles

  • Semikinematic Mountings for Small Mirrors
  • Mounting Mirrors by Bonding
  • Flexure Mounts for Mirrors
  • Multiple-Mirror Mounts
  • Mountings for Gratings
  • Pellicle Design and Mounting

Lightweight Nonmetallic Mirror Design

  • Material Considerations
  • Core Cell Configurations
  • Cast Ribbed Substrates
  • Slotted-Strut and Fused Monolithic Substrates
  • Frit-Bonded Substrates
  • Low-Temperature Bonded Substrates
  • Machined-Core Substrates
  • Contoured-Back Solid Mirror Configurations
  • Thin Face Sheet Mirror Configurations
  • Scaling Relationships for Lightweight Mirrors

Mounting Large, Horizontal-Axix Mirrors

  • General Considerations of Gravity Effects
  • V-Type Mounts
  • Multipoint Edge Supports
  • The Ideal Radial Mount
  • Mercury Tube Mounts
  • Strap and Roller-Chain Mounts
  • Push-Pull Mounts
  • Comparison of Dynamic Relaxation and Finite-Element Analysis Techniques

Mounting Large Vertical-Axis Mirrors

  • Ring Mounts
  • Air Bag (Bladder) Mounts
  • Multiple-Point Supports
  • Metrology Mounts

Mounting Large, Variable-Orientation Mirrors

  • Mechanical Flotation Mounts
  • Hydraulic/Pneumatic Mounts
  • Center-Mounted Mirrors
  • Mounts for Double-Arch Mirrors
  • Bipod Mirror Mounts
  • Thin Face Sheet Mirror Mounts
  • Mounts for Large Space-Borne Mirrors

Design and Mounting of Metallic Mirrors

  • General Considerations of Metal Mirrors
  • Aluminum Mirrors
  • Beryllium Mirrors
  • Mirrors Made from Other Metals
  • Mirrors with Foam and Metal Matrix Cores
  • Plating of Metal Mirrors
  • Single-Point Diamond Turning of Metal Mirrors
  • Conventional Mountings for Metal Mirrors
  • Integral Mountings for Metal Mirrors
  • Flexure Mountings for Larger Metal Mirrors
  • Interfacing Multiple SPDT Components to Facilitate Assembly and Alignment

Optical Instrument Stuctural Design

  • Rigid Housing Configurations
  • Modular Design Principles and Examples
  • A Structural Design for High Shock Loading
  • Athermalized Structural Designs
  • Geometries for Telescope Tube Structures

Analysis of the Opto-Mechanical Design

  • Failure Predictions for Optics
  • Stress Generation at Opto-Mechanical Interfaces
  • Parametric Comparisons of Annular Interface Types
  • Bending Effects Due to Offset Annular Contacts
  • Effects of Temperature Changes
  • Effects of Temperature Gradients
  • Stresses in Cemented and Bonded Optics Due to Temperature Changes
  • Some Effects of Temperature Changes on Elastomerically Mounted Lenses


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Opto-Mechanical Systems Design
Third Edition
by Paul R Yoder, Jr.

2005 • 864 pages • $158.95 + shipping
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