Possibilities of Adaptronics in Optics

  1. Dr. K. Grassie2,
  2. Prof. Dr. E. Teuckhoff3,
  3. Prof. Dr. G. Wegner4,
  4. Prof. Dr. J. Hausselt5 and
  5. Prof. Dr. H. Hanselka6
  1. Frank Höller,
  2. M. Roß-Meßemer,
  3. T. Möller and
  4. A. Menck

Published Online: 27 APR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/3527607420.ch89

Functional Materials, Volume 13

Functional Materials, Volume 13

How to Cite

Höller, F., Roß-Meßemer, M., Möller, T. and Menck, A. (2000) Possibilities of Adaptronics in Optics, in Functional Materials, Volume 13 (eds K. Grassie, E. Teuckhoff, G. Wegner, J. Hausselt and H. Hanselka), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG. doi: 10.1002/3527607420.ch89

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Philips Forschungslaboratorium, Postfach 500145, 52085 Aachen, Germany

  2. 3

    Siemens AG, Postfach 3240, 91050 Erlangen, Germany

  3. 4

    Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung, Ackermannweg 10, 55128 Mainz, Germany

  4. 5

    Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Postfach 3640, 76201 Karlsruhe, Germany

  5. 6

    Institut für Mechanik, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Universitätsplatz 2, 39160 Magdeburg, Germany

Author Information

  1. Carl Zeiss / Oberkochen, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 APR 2006
  2. Published Print: 27 JUN 2000

Book Series:

  1. EUROMAT 99

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527302543

Online ISBN: 9783527607426



  • functional materials;
  • adaptronics in optics


Adaptronics in optics is a rather new field if smart materials are considered but it is a rather traditional field if the general concept of improvement by adaptive mechanical alignment is seen. Adaptronics in optics is therefore a rather promising field. Adaptronic as the innovative combination of sensor and actor within one material offers new possibilities namely in the field of high precision optics. This allows to realize new mechanical systems for fine positioning and alignment of optical elements with sub µm-accuracy. Furthermore adaptronical structures can be used for deforming optical elements like lenses and mirrors and hence reduce optical aberrations to zero. Vibrations cannot only be actively reduced by adaptronics but can also be actively introduced into optical surfaces for the realization of completely new illumination elements. This contribution will show the numerous potential applications of adaptronics in optics.