chapter  6
60 Pages

Optical Mounts: Lenses, Windows, Small Mirrors, and Prisms

WithPaul R. Yoder

A variety of common techniques for mounting optical components such as individual and multiple lenses, windows, domes, filters, small mirrors, and prisms are discussed here. Numerous examples from the literature illustrate these techniques. Analytical relationships are given for estimating selected important attributes of the designs such as contact stress due to forces imposed during assembly or due to temperature changes or acceleration. Principles of optomechanical design and material selection intended to minimize the adverse effects of these imposed forces while retaining component function, location, and alignment are explained.