With optomechanical applications we can use optical performance quantities such as:
- Wavefront error
- Line of sight deviations
This technology may be applied to a wide-array of optical applications such as astronomy, medical, remote sensing, solar energy, and aerospace. These optimization techniques can be applied at the individual optic level or at the system level as the combined behavior of multiple optical surfaces. Examples of design variables might be:
- Mirror lightweighting dimensions
- Metering structure parameters
- Mounting flexure designs
In the case of actively controlled optics, design variables can also include the minimum number and placement of actuators.