Proceedings PaperThe importance of understanding manufacturing distributions in simulating manufactured performance of optical systems
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Manufactured system performance analysis routines are built into several optical design software programs. These programs have limited abilities to change the probability distribution function of the tolerances. At Corning Incorporated, Advanced Optics, in-house analysis software is used which allows the distribution function of different tolerances to be customized. These simulation tools are capable of accurately modeling the distribution functions from the internal optical fabrication capabilities of Corning. This case study demonstrates the change in performance outcomes due to distribution functions and the importance of knowing the manufacturing distribution functions of the optical fabrication house used.