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Centration errors: That's great but...
Author(s): Brandon Light
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Paper Abstract

The optical axis of a spherical lens is the axis passing through the two centers of curvature of the optical surfaces. It is such a simple thing to describe. However, detecting where the axis is and positioning it can be as complex as the definition is simple. Make one or both of the surfaces aspheric and it gets even harder. This presentation seeks to describe some definitions and detail the parameters used in specifying centration of a lens. These parameters are the same ones used in today’s optical design softwares. Next, the means used to check the location of the optical axis and then position it will be described. Lastly, there will be examples showing how design specifications are interpreted on the shop floor.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 May 2003
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE TD02, Optifab 2003, (8 May 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.499380
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Brandon Light, Optimax Systems, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. TD02:
Optifab 2003
Walter C. Czajkowski; Toshihide Dohi; Hans Lauth; Harvey M. Pollicove, Editor(s)

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