Opto-Mechanical Analysis

Course Description (Not offered in 2022)

Please note: The course descriptions and instructors listed below are NOT final, it is possible that circumstances beyond our control could necessitate alterations.


Introduction, optics measures, modeling optics; Vic Genberg

Background, definition of terms, references, fundamentals of optics, optical metrics, materials for optical systems. Finite element models of solid and lightweight mirrors, 2D and 3D equivalent mirror models, surface coating effects.


Surface errors, stress, optic mounts and bonds; Vic Genberg

Surface error analysis, rigid body motion, Zernike polynomials, optical sensitivities, stress in optics, design strength of glass, stress birefringence. Mirror mounts, kinematic mounts, mount location, flexures, epoxy and RTV bonds, bolted joints.


Thermal effects, vibrations, system analysis; Vic Genberg

Thermo-elastic analysis, thermo-optic analysis, temperature mapping, volumetric absorption, STOP examples. Natural frequencies, harmonic and random response analysis, line-of-sight, linear-optics models, wavefront error, system analysis, state space equations.


Adaptive mirrors, assembly, testing; Vic Genberg

Adaptive and active mirrors, actuators, actuator placement optimization, stressed optic polishing, understanding anomalies, interferogram arrays, Symmetry, assembly analysis, tolerance analysis, modeling test supports, and analyzing test data.


Optimization, example telescope, adv topics; Vic Genberg

Structural optimization of optical structures, nonlinear programming theory, incorporating LOS and WFE in optimization, optimization examples. Discussion of launch loads, example telescope analysis and optimization, optical measures in dynamic analysis, freeform optics, aero-optic analysis.