Use of a commercial laser tracker for optical alignment

James H Burge, Peng Su, Chunyu Zhao, Tom Zobrist

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Abstract

Laser trackers have been developed that project laser beams and use optical systems to provide three dimensional coordinate measurements. The laser trackers incorporate a servo system to steer a laser beam so that it tracks a retro-reflector, such as a corner cube. The line of sight gimbal angles and the radial distance to the retroreflector are used to determine the coordinates of the retroreflector relative to the tracker. In this paper, we explore the use of the laser tracker to define the metrology for aligning optical systems, including the use of mirrors and windows. We discuss how to optimize the geometry to take advantage of the tracker's most accurate measurements. We show how to use the tracker for measuring angles as well as points.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume6676
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007
EventOptical System Alignment and Tolerancing - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 26 2007Aug 27 2007

Other

OtherOptical System Alignment and Tolerancing
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period8/26/078/27/07

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retroreflectors
alignment
Optical systems
Laser beams
Lasers
laser beams
lasers
gimbals
Servomechanisms
line of sight
metrology
reflectors
mirrors
Geometry
geometry

Keywords

  • Laser metrology
  • Optical alignment
  • Optical testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Burge, J. H., Su, P., Zhao, C., & Zobrist, T. (2007). Use of a commercial laser tracker for optical alignment. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 6676). [66760E] https://doi.org/10.1117/12.736705

Use of a commercial laser tracker for optical alignment. / Burge, James H; Su, Peng; Zhao, Chunyu; Zobrist, Tom.

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 6676 2007. 66760E.

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

Burge, JH, Su, P, Zhao, C & Zobrist, T 2007, Use of a commercial laser tracker for optical alignment. in Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. vol. 6676, 66760E, Optical System Alignment and Tolerancing, San Diego, CA, United States, 8/26/07. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.736705
Burge JH, Su P, Zhao C, Zobrist T. Use of a commercial laser tracker for optical alignment. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 6676. 2007. 66760E https://doi.org/10.1117/12.736705
Burge, James H ; Su, Peng ; Zhao, Chunyu ; Zobrist, Tom. / Use of a commercial laser tracker for optical alignment. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 6676 2007.
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