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Precision Positioning and Motion Control for Optical Systems

An elective course in the Certificate Program in Optical Engineering and Optical Instrument Design.

Course Description

Learn what it takes to make your optical systems and instruments come to life and move. This hands-on course will introduce micro and nano positioning systems. Micropositioning systems are typically motor-driven stages with travel ranges of up to a few hundred millimeters with resolution and repeatability typically limited to 0.1 µm. Nanopositioning systems are based on frictionless drive and guiding systems such as piezo actuators and flexures. These systems can achieve resolutions and guiding accuracies down to the sub-nanometer level. Gain an understanding about how to specify and utilize precision positioning and motion control systems to meet challenging optical systems and instrument requirements.

Prerequisites: College Level physics-optics and mechanics. PLEASE NOTE: Students are required to bring a laptop to class. To register your laptop and use the wireless UCI connections, please visit and to activate your UCInetID. Please allow 3 business days from time of registration to activate your UCInetID. Contact OIT (Office of Information Technology) with any problems with NETID setup at (949) 824-2222.

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  • Details
  • $725
  • Reg#: 00076
  • ID/Units: EECS X493.54  (3.00)
    ( Section 1 )
  • Quarter: Winter 2013
Includes Campus NetID