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 publicationOptical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification IV
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 26 2010
EventOptical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification IV - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 1 2010Aug 2 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume7793
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Other

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

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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