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Interferometric characterization of joint optical tables
Author(s): S. C. Corzo-Garcia; R. J. Medina-Lopez; S. Anderson; R. Carriles; A. Ruiz-Marquez; E. Castro-Camus
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Paper Abstract

We present a straight forward and practical method for joining pneumatically floated optical tables with no previous preparation. In order to demonstrate this method we joined two optical tables in an uncentered "T-shape" using twenty four stainless steel plates (SSP), and used a Michelson interferometer to compare the stability of the entire "T"-structure versus one of its parts alone, finding that they both show similar rigidity. We also evaluated the performance of two different master-salve leg configurations by calculating the stress on the joint and confirmed the calculations by Michelson interferometry. In terms of floor vibration damping, it was observed that the performance of the system for the joined "T"-table seemed to be comparable to that of a single segment. This method can significantly reduce costs of large optical tables and will be useful to extend existing optical tables without manufacturer modification.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 November 2011
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8011, 22nd Congress of the International Commission for Optics: Light for the Development of the World, 80116Z (3 November 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.901962
Show Author Affiliations
S. C. Corzo-Garcia, Ctr. de Investigaciones en Óptica, A.C. (Mexico)
R. J. Medina-Lopez, Ctr. de Investigaciones en Óptica, A.C. (Mexico)
S. Anderson, Ctr. de Investigaciones en Óptica, A.C. (Mexico)
R. Carriles, Ctr. de Investigaciones en Óptica, A.C. (Mexico)
A. Ruiz-Marquez, Ctr. de Investigaciones en Óptica, A.C. (Mexico)
E. Castro-Camus, Ctr. de Investigaciones en Óptica, A.C. (Mexico)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8011:
22nd Congress of the International Commission for Optics: Light for the Development of the World
Ramón Rodríguez-Vera; Ramón Rodríguez-Vera; Ramón Rodríguez-Vera; Rufino Díaz-Uribe; Rufino Díaz-Uribe; Rufino Díaz-Uribe, Editor(s)

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