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Creative optomechanical tolerancing in lens systems
Author(s): Kim Hwee Lee; Youngshik Yoon; Jonathan Maxwell
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Paper Abstract

The interface between optical design and fine-mechanical design is a creatively fertile stage in the design of an optical system. The optical designer learns `What the system is all about' and the fine-mechanical engineer is liberated creatively by finding out what the priorities are. On the other hand, optical tolerancing as a discipline, which is an attractive mix of optical physics at one end and hard-nosed mechanical pragmatism at the other, has a relatively fragmented literature. It is the purpose of this paper to (1) Point out some cultural contrasts between optical engineers, mechanical engineers and physicists in this context, (2) To present a new method of displaying the optical surface sensitivities so that one may identify datum surfaces in an intuitive way and (3) To summarize some useful formulae which provide a key to the mounting of optical components. Together these three aspects illustrate the scenery of this fertile terrain.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 September 1998
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 3482, International Optical Design Conference 1998, (21 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.322004
Show Author Affiliations
Kim Hwee Lee, Chartered Industries of Singapore Pte Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Youngshik Yoon, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (United Kingdom)
Jonathan Maxwell, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3482:
International Optical Design Conference 1998
Leo R. Gardner; Kevin P. Thompson, Editor(s)

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