Mars Curiosity optomechanical devices

There are many optomechanical sensors and instruments aboard the Curiosity rover.  All of these devices had to be designed for the acceleration and vibration of launch as well as the vibration of entry into the Mars atmosphere and then the shock experienced at touchdown.   The design then must be implemented to additionally perform under the extremely cold temperatures at the Martian surface.  An additional design requirement is to make everything as light weight as possible.  All of these factors make for a very challenging product design.  The designers of the rover itself often are praised, which is a well deserved accolade.  Often unheard of and behind the scenes are the designers, program managers and engineers developing the sub-components and instruments of the rover.  Optomechanical devices are the main ingredient to an impressive suite of sensors and instruments aboard the rover.

SPIE Article: Optomechanical Design in 5 easy lessons

A classic educational article on optomechanical design from one of the heavy weights in the field, Paul Yoder.

Optomechanical Design in Five Easy Lessons

The development of practical optical systems requires careful optomechanical design.
By Paul Yoder Jr.   31 February 2004, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.5200402.0006



Quantum waves found in organic solar cells through ultrafast laser technique

Using an ultrafast laser pulsing technique in a laboratory optomechanical bench top setup, scientists are able to show evidence of quantum waves inside organic solar cells.

ScienceDaily. December 22, 2013, from

Fiber-pumped high-power mid-IR laser produces picosecond pulse bunches – Laser Focus World

SPECTRAL IMAGING: Active hyperspectral sensing and imaging – Laser Focus World