Optical engineering

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, detectors, 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]

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ReferencesEdit

  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.

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