Design and optimization of the sine condition test for measuring misaligned optical systems

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By taking a new look at an old concept, we have shown in our previous work how the Abbe sine condition can be used to measure linearly field-dependent aberrations in order to verify the alignment of optical systems. In this paper, we expand on this method and discuss the design choices involved in implementing the sine condition test (SCTest). Specifically, we discuss the two illumination options for the test: point source with a grating or flat-panel display, and we discuss the tradeoffs of the two approaches. Additionally, experimental results are shown using a flat-panel display to measure linearly fielddependent aberrations. Last, we elaborate on how to implement the SCTest on more complex optical systems, such as a three-mirror anastigmat and a double Gauss imaging lens system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7099-7108
Number of pages10
JournalApplied Optics
Volume52
Issue number29
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 10 2013

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Design and optimization of the sine condition test for measuring misaligned optical systems. / Lampen, Sara; Dubin, Matthew B; Burge, James H.

In: Applied Optics, Vol. 52, No. 29, 10.10.2013, p. 7099-7108.

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