Optical engineering

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Optical engineering is the field of science and engineering encompassing the physical phenomena and technologies associated with the generation, transmission, manipulation, detection, and utilization of light.[1] Optical engineers make use of optics to solve problems and to design and build devices that make light do something useful.[2] They design and operate optical equipment that utilises the properties of light using physics and chemistry,[3] such as lenses, microscopes, telescopes, lasers, sensors, fiber optic communication systems and optical disc systems (e.g. CD, DVD).

Optical engineering metrology uses optical methods to measure either micro-vibrations with instruments like the laser speckle interferometer, or properties of masses with instruments that measure refraction[4]

Nano-measuring and nan-positioning machines are devices designed by optical engineers. These machines have nanometer precision, and consequently are used in the fabrication of goods at this scale.[5]

The optical system of the ELT showing the location of the mirrors.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Read "Harnessing Light: Optical Science and Engineering for the 21st Century" at NAP.edu.
  2. ^ "An Introduction to Optical Design | Synopsys". www.synopsys.com. Retrieved 2021-04-11.
  3. ^ Walker, Bruce H (1998). Optical Engineering Fundamentals. SPIE Press. p. 16. ISBN 978-0-8194-2764-9.
  4. ^ Walker, Bruce H (1998). Optical Engineering Fundamentals, SPIE Press. p. 16. ISBN 978-0-8194-2764-9.
  5. ^ Manske E. (2019) Nanopositioning and Nanomeasuring Machines. In: Gao W. (eds) Metrology. Precision Manufacturing. Springer, Singapore. doi:10.1007/978-981-10-4938-5_2
  6. ^ information@eso.org. "ESO Awards ELT Sensor Contract to Teledyne e2v". www.eso.org. Retrieved 2021-06-24.

[1] Walker, Bruce H (1998). Optical Engineering Fundamentals. SPIE Press. p. 1. ISBN 978-0-8194-2764-9.

[2] Walker, Bruce H (1998). Optical Engineering Fundamentals, SPIE Press. p. 16. ISBN 978-0-8194-2764-9.

[3] Manske E. (2019) Nanopositioning and Nanomeasuring Machines. In: Gao W. (eds) Metrology. Precision Manufacturing. Springer, Singapore. doi:10.1007/978-981-10-4938-5_2.

[4] "ESO Awards ELT Sensor Contract to Teledyne e2V". www.eso.org. Retrieved 22 May 2017.

Further reading[edit]