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Optomechanical Systems Engineering

A required course in the Certificate Program in Optical Instrument Design and an elective in the Optical Engineering Certificate Program.

Course Description

Utilize the basic concepts and terminology of optical engineering required for the development of optomechanical components. Read conventional and ISO-10110 drawings used for the fabrication of lenses. Develop an alignment plan with an emphasis on critical tolerances, alignment mechanisms, and "go-no go" decisions for adjusting tilt, decenter, despace, and defocus. Quantify the ability of a structural design to maintain alignment using efficient architectures and lightweight materials. Utilize the results of STOP (structural-thermal-optical) analysis for the structural deflection and distortion of optical components under static loads. Estimate the effects of vibration environments on the alignment of optomechanical systems; select COTS components for vibration isolation. Predict the effects of conductive, convective, and radiative thermal environments on the performance of optical systems; select materials and off-the-shelf hardware to manage the effects of heat loads and temperature changes. Compare kinematic and semi-kinematic mounts and the limitations of COTS hardware.

Prerequisites- EECS X496.55 Geometrical and Physical Optics or equivalent knowledge or experience.

NOTE: The fee for this course includes access to Zemax. NOTE: This course utilizes Zoom for weekly live online synchronous meetings. These sessions make up the lab portion of the course, where you will be provided with optical design software license information. The sessions will be recorded and posted for students who are not able to attend, watching the recording is mandatory. The Zoom meeting link and password to join will be provided in your course. Students will need to have access to the internet, have speakers and a microphone to participate. The following student guide provides additional resources/information on how to use and access your courses Zoom sessions.

Students will be provided an optical design software license for use in the course.

  • Details
  • $780
  • January 08, 2024 to March 17, 2024
  • Delivery Mode: Online
  • Reg#: 00105
  • ID/Units: EECS X499  (3.00)
    ( Section 1 )
  • Quarter: WINTER 2024


Keith J. Kasunic, Ph.D., has more than 20 years of experience of developing optical, electro-optical, infrared and laser systems. He holds a Ph.D. in Optical Science from the University of Arizona, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. He has worked for and been a consultant to a number of organizations, including Lockheed Martin, Ball Aerospace, Sandia National Labs, and Nortel Networks. He teaches at the University of North Carolina - Charlotte, Georgia Tech's SENSIAC, and at SPIE conferences.

Textbook Information

Textbooks for your course may be purchased from any vendor or bookseller of your choice.

Required Textbook(s):

Optomechanical Systems Engineering
Book - ISBN: 9781118809327
Keith J. Kasunic, 1 ed

Optional Textbook(s):

Optical Systems Engineering
Book - ISBN: 9780071754408
Keith Kasunic, 1 ed, McGraw-Hill

Meeting Schedule

EventDateDayStart TimeEnd TimeLocationRoom
START01/08/2024Monday------Online (Access Begins)---
OL-LEC01/09/2024Tuesday7:30 PM8:30 PMZoom---
OL-LEC01/16/2024Tuesday7:30 PM8:30 PMZoom---
OL-LEC01/23/2024Tuesday7:30 PM8:30 PMZoom---
OL-LEC01/30/2024Tuesday7:30 PM8:30 PMZoom---
OL-LEC02/06/2024Tuesday7:30 PM8:30 PMZoom---
OL-LEC02/13/2024Tuesday7:30 PM8:30 PMZoom---
OL-LEC02/20/2024Tuesday7:30 AM8:30 PMZoom---
OL-LEC02/27/2024Tuesday7:30 PM8:30 PMZoom---
OL-LEC03/05/2024Tuesday7:30 PM8:30 PMZoom---
OL-LEC03/12/2024Tuesday7:30 PM8:30 PMOn-line class---
END03/17/2024Sunday------Online (Access Ends)---