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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 12 — Apr. 20, 2013
  • pp: 2527–2530

Precision absolute positional measurement of laser beams

Ewan D. Fitzsimons, Johanna Bogenstahl, James Hough, Christian J. Killow, Michael Perreur-Lloyd, David I. Robertson, and Henry Ward  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 12, pp. 2527-2530 (2013)

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We describe an instrument which, coupled with a suitable coordinate measuring machine, facilitates the absolute measurement within the machine frame of the propagation direction of a millimeter-scale laser beam to an accuracy of around ±4μm in position and ±20μrad in angle.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(120.3940) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrology
(220.1140) Optical design and fabrication : Alignment
(220.4610) Optical design and fabrication : Optical fabrication
(120.6085) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Space instrumentation

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: August 29, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 14, 2013
Published: April 11, 2013

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Ewan D. Fitzsimons, Johanna Bogenstahl, James Hough, Christian J. Killow, Michael Perreur-Lloyd, David I. Robertson, and Henry Ward, "Precision absolute positional measurement of laser beams," Appl. Opt. 52, 2527-2530 (2013)

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