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The off-axis alignment of an asphere by a Fizeau interferometer
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Paper Abstract

The mechanical position alignment of aspherical surfaces becomes a difficult challenge when the aspherical departure of the surface is high. An optically obscured aspherical surface is even more difficult to be aligned due to the missing obscured paraxial spherical vertex surface area for implementation of the auto-collimating technique. This research paper aims to develop a method to align an obscured aspherical surface with respect to the mechanical axis of a precision rotational stage by analyzing the multiple off-axis interferograms measured from a phase shifting Fizeau interferometer. The alignment induced linearly varying coma is successfully shown in the simulation results. The method can predict the vector direction of mis-alignment errors by least square fitting. An iterative process is possible to be implemented to bring the misaligned aspherical surface back to aligned status.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 May 2011
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8083, Modeling Aspects in Optical Metrology III, 808312 (23 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.889426
Show Author Affiliations
Chao-Wen Liang, National Central Univ. (Taiwan)
Yan-An Chen, National Central Univ. (Taiwan)
Cheng-Chung Lee, National Central Univ. (Taiwan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8083:
Modeling Aspects in Optical Metrology III
Bernd Bodermann, Editor(s)

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