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Play optics with LEGO
Author(s): Franco Quercioli; Bruno Tiribilli; Andrea Mannoni; S. Acciai

Paper Abstract

The basic elements of a fairly complete optomechanical kit based on the use of LEGOTM is presented. Through a careful exploitation of the many standard LEGO elements, and adding a few new simple components made of plexiglass, we demonstrate that almost all of the mechanical parts of an optical setup can be built with little effort and at an extremely reduced cost. Several systems and experiments are presented, mainly in the fields of optical filtering and interferometry, to show that the proposed mountings are perfectly suitable for didactic purposes, and can often be employed even in more demanding scientific applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 December 1997
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3190, Fifth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics, (8 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.294389
Show Author Affiliations
Franco Quercioli, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (Italy)
Bruno Tiribilli, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (Italy)
Andrea Mannoni, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (Italy)
S. Acciai, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3190:
Fifth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics
Christiaan H. F. Velzel, Editor(s)

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