Semi-kinematic rails for construction of optical test stands

T. D. Milster, D. Felix, C. J. Burkhart, J. Butz, Y. Zhang, J. Curtis

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We describe a new mounting technique for rapid alignment using semi-kinematic (SK) rails. Features of the technique include structures for positioning lens elements, beam splitters, mirrors, and the like. The SK rails are less complicated to machine than traditional v- groove technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)358-361
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2001
EventOptomechanical Design and Engineering 2001 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 2 2001Aug 3 2001


  • Optical alignment
  • Optical mounts
  • Optomechanics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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