James H. Clark
Engineer at Naval Research Laboratory
SPIE Involvement:
Area of Expertise:
optomechanics , Leadership/management , Solids mechanics , systems engineering
Profile Summary

James H Clark III, Director of the Navy Precision Optical Interferometer (NPOI) in Flagstaff, Arizona as of August 2018, received his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Northern Arizona University (NAU) in 2006 and is currently a PhD candidate in the same department. Prior to joining NPOI, he worked at Optelecom, Inc. on fiber optic payout systems for guided missiles, tethered terrestrial and unmanned underwater vehicles. His research interests include solid mechanics and optomechanical systems. Some of his past research projects included analysis of optical fiber strain in wound composite payout bobbins under dynamic and thermal loading, deflection and compliance sensitivities of mounted optical mirrors under thermal and gravity loading, and modal analysis of large aperture fast steering mirror structures. Since 2005, he has worked closely with NAU on a variety of applications related to the NPOI, and intermittently teaches classes as a part-time instructor in mechanical engineering and sponsors senior engineering capstone projects. He has disseminated the results of his research activities in archival journals as well as technical conferences.
Publications (41)

Proceedings Article | 20 August 2020 Presentation + Paper
Proc. SPIE. 11488, Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification XIII
KEYWORDS: Telescopes, Mirrors, Light emitting diodes, Imaging systems, Interferometers, Wavefronts, Relays, Precision optics

Proceedings Article | 20 August 2020 Presentation + Paper
Proc. SPIE. 11502, Infrared Remote Sensing and Instrumentation XXVIII
KEYWORDS: Actuators, Human-machine interfaces, Telescopes, Mirrors, Switches, Stars, Interferometers, Control systems, Feedback loops, Computer architecture

Proceedings Article | 30 August 2019 Presentation + Paper
Proc. SPIE. 11100, Optomechanical Engineering 2019
KEYWORDS: Optomechanical design, Interferometers, Metals, Glasses, Interferometry, Finite element methods, Infrared radiation, Failure analysis

Proceedings Article | 19 September 2018 Presentation + Paper
Proc. SPIE. 10747, Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification XII
KEYWORDS: Actuators, Observatories, Mirrors, Interferometers, Wavefronts, Deformable mirrors, Relays, Finite element methods, Precision optics, Phase shifts, Long baseline optical interferometry

Proceedings Article | 9 July 2018 Presentation + Paper
Proc. SPIE. 10701, Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging VI
KEYWORDS: Observatories, Telescopes, Mirrors, Beam splitters, Avalanche photodetectors, Interferometers, Interferometry, Electron multiplying charge coupled devices, Precision optics

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