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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 43, Iss. 3 — Jan. 20, 2004
  • pp: 579–584

Computer-aided lens assembly

Richard Tomlinson, Rob Alcock, Jon Petzing, and Jeremy Coupland  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 43, Issue 3, pp. 579-584 (2004)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.43.000579


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Abstract

We propose a computer-aided method of lens manufacture that allows assembly, adjustment, and test phases to be run concurrently until an acceptable level of optical performance is reached. Misalignment of elements within a compound lens is determined by a comparison of the results of physical ray tracing by use of an array of Gaussian laser beams with numerically obtained geometric ray traces. An estimate of misalignment errors is made, and individual elements are adjusted in an iterative manner until performance criteria are achieved. The method is illustrated for the alignment of an air-spaced doublet.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(220.1140) Optical design and fabrication : Alignment
(220.3630) Optical design and fabrication : Lenses
(220.4840) Optical design and fabrication : Testing
(220.4880) Optical design and fabrication : Optomechanics

History
Original Manuscript: June 26, 2003
Revised Manuscript: October 21, 2003
Published: January 20, 2004

Citation
Richard Tomlinson, Rob Alcock, Jon Petzing, and Jeremy Coupland, "Computer-aided lens assembly," Appl. Opt. 43, 579-584 (2004)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-43-3-579

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