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Course overview

The Summer school Opto-mechatronics has been set-up by the DSPE (Dutch Society for Precision Engineering) in cooperation with leading companies and leading professionals. The scope of the Summer school is to learn about the system design of optical instruments, based on fundamental knowledge of optical design, mechanical design and actively controlled systems. These systems typically include semiconductor equipment, metrology systems, microscopes, printers, space instruments and high-tech production equipment.

Participants will come from many different interesting universities and companies like ASML, Philips, Zeiss, Heidenhain, Jenoptic, EADS and high-end small enterprises. To encourage contacts with your course members, social meet-and-greet events will be organised.


€ 2.995,00 excl. VAT


5 consecutive days




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The scope of the Summer school is to learn about the system design of optical instruments, based on fundamental knowledge of optical design, mechanical design and actively controlled systems.

These systems typically include:

  • semiconductor equipment;
  • metrology systems;
  • microscopes;
  • printers;
  • space instruments & high-tech production equipment.

vIntended for

Engineers working at academic level with a background in physics, mechanics, electrical or control engineering. Engineers that are experiencing the limits of their discipline and want to learn more about designing a complete optomechatronical system. 


DAY 1 - Systems engineering & basic modelling

Day 1 will focus on the systems engineering side of product development and take a look at the optical delay line of ESO’s Very Large Telescope in terms of:

Requirement management: A discussion of the technical requirements, as well as first-order feasibility assessment and uncertainties.

Conceptual system design: A brainstorming session on concepts ranked in a trade-off, using performance requirements and an assessment of the development risks as criteria.

Basic Modelling: Conceptual modelling of mechatronic systems.

First elaboration of preferred concept: An assessment of concept performance and risk, using first-order analysis, including mitigation and backup.

System breakdown/budget flow: For the positioning accuracy requirements, with top-down identification of contributors to this budget and definition of sub-budgets.

Verification: A presentation of verifying requirements and the main verification methodologies used.


DAY 2 - Optical design

Day 2 is all about optics. The morning session will provide an overview of the optical aspects of a delay line, followed by an introduction to optical design approaches. The afternoon session will provide time to put these design approaches into practice. Under the guidance of experienced optical designers, small groups of participants will design an optical delay line.

Concluding this optics day, participants will work with the optical design programme Zemax. There will also be an opportunity to have a detailed discussion on the simulation results.


DAY 3 - Control design

In control technology terms, an optical delay line can be seen as a linear motion system. Day 3 will include a tutorial on the principles and methods of motion control, with special attention paid to the typical control challenges of delay lines: servo behaviour, vibration disturbance rejection, sensor noise and closed-loop stability.

Participants will put motion control theory into practice by undertaking design exercises for a delay line.


DAY 4 - Optomechanical design

Mechanics plays a key role in the design of a delay line. Apart from putting things together, high quality mechanics will guarantee best performance in terms of optical quality/stability and control performance. As such, lightweight and stiff structures are crucial in achieving this goal. Day 4 will use the design of the existing ESO delay line to explain the requirements for such a structure. The emphasis will be on interactions with other key technologies (optics, control and electronics), and on mechanical design.

During the second part of the day the participants will be challenged to design a specific part of the cat’s eye (optical section of the delay line) using their own experience and the information provided earlier during the day.


DAY 5 - Actuation, sensing & dynamics

Day 5 will present the final essential aspects of realising high performance active positioning and control systems

for optics. The day will first present an overview of electromagnetic and piezoelectric actuators, optical position measurement systems and capacitive sensors. The focus will then shift to performance determining mechanical

system dynamics and vibration isolation, with the new field of adaptive optics also covered in brief.


This course includes course file, lunch on all days, dinner on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and an evening activity on Wednesday. DSPE members are entitled to a 10% discount. 

Evening programme:

Experiences with the very large telescope (Frederic Derie (ESO))

Systems engineering and wafer steppers (Frank de Lange (ASML))

Active informal summer programme

The book "The Design of High Performance Mechatronics" (ISBN 978-1-61499-367-4) from authors Rob Munnig Schmidt, Georg Schitter, Adrian Rankers and Jan van Eijk is included in the course price. 


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