Published Papers

Using The Point Source Microscope (PSM) To Find Conjugates Of Parabolic And Elliptical Off-axis Mirrors

ABSTRACT Although the PSM is primarily an alignment instrument, it can also be used to determine the conjugates of parabolic and elliptical off-axis mirrors. By positioning the PSM at the sagittal and tangential foci of the mirrors, the conjugate distances of the mirror can be found using a laser range finder, for example. Knowing the […]

Method Of Alignment Using A Laser Tracker System

1. Introduction:  Laser trackers are an accurate and efficient tool for finding the locations of features in a threedimensional space but they rely on Spherically Mounted Retroreflectors (SMR) to return the laser beam to the tracker. If the feature cannot be contacted or it is not convenient to use an SMR another method must be […]

Swing Arm Optical Coordinate-Measuring Machine: High Precision Ground Aspheric Surfaces Using A Laser Triangulation Probe

ABSTRACT The swing arm optical coordinate-measuring machine (SOC), a profilometer with a distance measuring interferometric sensor for in situ measurement of the topography of aspheric surfaces, has shown a precision rivaling the full aperture interferometric test. To further increase optical manufacturing efficiency, we enhance the SOC with an optical laser triangulation sensor for measuring test […]

Calculation Of The Vertex Radius Of An Off Axis Parabolic Surface Using The Sag Measured With A Three Ball Spherometer

Abstract We describe a method of calculating the vertex radius of an off-axis parabolic segment using a three ball spherometer to measure the sag. The vertex radius is found by solving a set of six simultaneous, non-linear equations for the three coordinates of one of the ball centers and the corresponding three coordinates of the […]

Practical Alignment Using An Autostigmatic Microscope

ABSTRACT Auto-stigmatic microscopes (ASM) are useful for bringing centers of curvatures of lenses and mirrors to the centers of balls used as part of an alignment fixture. However, setting up the fixture to get the balls used for alignment in a straight line to represent the optical axis generally requires another piece of equipment. We […]

Lens Centering Using The Point Source Microscope

ABSTRACT Precision lens centering is necessary to obtain the maximum performance from a centered lens system. A technique to achieve precision centering is presented that incorporates the simultaneous viewing through the upper lens surface of the centers of curvature of each element as it is assembled in a lens barrel. This permits the alignment of […]

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