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Ultrahigh resolution absolute Cartesian electronic autocollimator
Author(s): Douglas B. Leviton
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Paper Abstract

The development of a compact, ultra-high resolution, electronic autocollimator with excellent readout stability, linearity, and coordinate orthogonality is presented. This optical metrology tool relies on new advances in Cartesian optical encoders based on pattern recognition technology. Readout instabilities characteristic of conventional electronic autocollimators whose lateral effect photodetectors and operational amplifiers exhibit temporal and thermal drifts, are absent in this new technology. An autocollimator with a form factor similar to conventional alignment telescopes has been demonstrated with an angular resolution of 0.02 arcseconds peak-to-peak and less than 0.01 arcseconds rms. Various optical metrology applications for the laboratory and for space flight, including cryostatic ones, are described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 November 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5190, Recent Developments in Traceable Dimensional Measurements II, (20 November 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.518377
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Douglas B. Leviton, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5190:
Recent Developments in Traceable Dimensional Measurements II
Jennifer E. Decker; Nicholas Brown, Editor(s)

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