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Mechanical stability of optical structures
Author(s): Allan Gardam; Kenneth D. Ball
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Paper Abstract

Mechanical stability is an important consideration in the design of optical systems. Optical performance parameters will be affected by a combination of optical sensitivity to environmental effects and structural deformation. Traditional approaches have been constrained by limitations in design tools and in particular in structural design tools. An approach is presented here which takes advantage of recent improvements in computer aided engineering and which enables stability effects to be considered early in the design process. Key optical performance parameters are identified and typical results are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 August 1996
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2774, Design and Engineering of Optical Systems, (23 August 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.246712
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Allan Gardam, Pilkington Optronics (United Kingdom)
Kenneth D. Ball, Pilkington Optronics (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2774:
Design and Engineering of Optical Systems
Joseph J. M. Braat, Editor(s)

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