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Alignment induced aberration fields of next generation telescopes
Author(s): Kevin Thompson; Tobias Schmid; Jannick Rolland
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Paper Abstract

There is a long list of new ground-based optical telescopes being considered around the world. While many are conventional Cassegrain and Ritchey-Chretien designs, some are from a family of 3-mirror offset field (but still obscured) optical forms that trace back to designs developed in the 1970s. The nodal theory of aberrations, developed in the late 1970s, provides valuable insights into the response of these systems to alignment errors and provides simple, linear solutions to real-time or at-assembly alignment algorithms. The application of nodal aberration techniques to the alignment of two and three mirror astronomical telescopes will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 November 2007
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6834, Optical Design and Testing III, 68340B (28 November 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.772010
Show Author Affiliations
Kevin Thompson, Optical Research Associates (United States)
Tobias Schmid, CREOL, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Jannick Rolland, CREOL, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6834:
Optical Design and Testing III
Yongtian Wang; Theo T. Tschudi; Jannick P. Rolland; Kimio Tatsuno, Editor(s)

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