Finite Element Analysis of Optics

This course presents the use of finite element methods to model optical elements and support structures including lenses, mirrors, windows, and optical mounts.

Students will learn how to develop models of various levels of detail that range from low-fidelity models for the rapid-evaluation of optomechanical design parameters to the creation of high-fidelity models to support design optimization. Emphasis will be the application of FEA techniques to meet optical system error budget allocations including mounting tolerances, optical surface distortions, and image stability. In addition, use of FEA to ensure structural integrity requirements including yield, buckling, fracture, and fatigue will be discussed.

Intended Audience
This course is intended as introductory level class for mechanical engineers interested to learn about the application of finite element analysis in the mechanical design of optical systems. An interest in optomechanical engineering and/or familiarity with finite element software is recommended.