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

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume7793
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
EventOptical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification IV - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 1 2010Aug 2 2010

Other

OtherOptical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification IV
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period8/1/108/2/10

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Bearings (structural)
gas bearings
shelves
Optics
Alignment
Telescopes
alignment
optics
Telescope
telescopes
Air
Target
positioning
Positioning
Mechanics
Tolerance
Uncertainty
requirements
Necessary
Series

Keywords

  • Air bearing
  • Alignment datum
  • Alignment precision
  • Alignment telescope

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Coyle, L., Dubin, M. B., & Burge, J. H. (2010). Characterization of an alignment procedure using an air bearing and off-the-shelf optics. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 7793). [77930C] https://doi.org/10.1117/12.863237

Characterization of an alignment procedure using an air bearing and off-the-shelf optics. / Coyle, L.; Dubin, Matthew B; Burge, James H.

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 7793 2010. 77930C.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Coyle, L, Dubin, MB & Burge, JH 2010, Characterization of an alignment procedure using an air bearing and off-the-shelf optics. in Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. vol. 7793, 77930C, Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification IV, San Diego, CA, United States, 8/1/10. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.863237
Coyle L, Dubin MB, Burge JH. Characterization of an alignment procedure using an air bearing and off-the-shelf optics. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 7793. 2010. 77930C https://doi.org/10.1117/12.863237
Coyle, L. ; Dubin, Matthew B ; Burge, James H. / Characterization of an alignment procedure using an air bearing and off-the-shelf optics. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 7793 2010.
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