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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 31, Iss. 4 — Feb. 1, 1992
  • pp: 519–527

Accurate measurement of the dihedral angle of a corner cube

Chiayu Ai and Kenneth L. Smith  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 31, Issue 4, pp. 519-527 (1992)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.31.000519


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Abstract

The alignment of a corner cube affects the measurement of its dihedral angle. For 5 deg of tilt, the error is up to 7%, depending on the orientation of the tilt. A vector model is devised to derive formulas that take misalignment into account for both solid and hollow corner cubes. When the wave-front tilt caused by the dihedral angle error is not much greater than that caused by the surface figure, because of vignetting for a tilting illumination, the surface figure of the cube facet makes varying contributions to the wave-front tilt for different incident angles. Simulations and experimental results are presented.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: February 14, 1991
Published: February 1, 1992

Citation
Chiayu Ai and Kenneth L. Smith, "Accurate measurement of the dihedral angle of a corner cube," Appl. Opt. 31, 519-527 (1992)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-31-4-519

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