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Introduction to optical alignment techniques: a long-running SPIE short course
Author(s): Kenneth R. Castle
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Paper Abstract

The SPIE short course “Introduction to Optical Alignment Techniques” has been taught for over twenty years at many SPIE conferences. It has always been one of the well attended ones, indicating a need for the subject matter. Reviews of first order concepts, and the basic optical aberrations set the stage for understanding how optical systems become misaligned, how to recognize the aberration type and diagnose what is wrong. This will suggest solutions to the alignment problem, enabling failing optical assemblies to be corrected. The course closes with a discussion of the alignment issues that impact off-axis parabolas and higher-order aspheres.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 September 2018
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10747, Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification XII, 107470B (19 September 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2321326
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Kenneth R. Castle, Ruda-Cardinal, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10747:
Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification XII
José Sasián; Richard N. Youngworth, Editor(s)

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