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Characterization of an alignment procedure using an air bearing and off-the-shelf optics
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Paper Abstract

We characterize the precision of five approaches used to align a series of targets over a distance of two meters. For many applications, an alignment telescope provides the necessary precision for positioning targets. However, for systems with tight tolerances, we must have a measure of the uncertainties in the alignment telescope to determine if it can truly meet the system requirements. We develop a procedure to measure the precision of each alignment approach and compare their performances. We use a telescope constructed from off-the-shelf optics and mechanics to determine if we can obtain alignment precision comparable to an alignment telescope of superior optical quality.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 September 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7793, Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification IV, 77930C (3 September 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.863237
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L. Coyle, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
M. Dubin, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
J. H. Burge, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7793:
Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification IV
José Sasián; Richard N. Youngworth, Editor(s)

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