We describe how optical system defects (tilt/jitter, decenter, and despace) propagate through an arbitrary paraxial optical system that can be described by an ABCD ray transfer matrix. A pedagogical example is given that demonstrates the effect of alignment errors on a typical optical system.
© 1988 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: October 20, 1987
Manuscript Accepted: February 11, 1988
Published: May 1, 1988
W. G. McKinley, H. T. Yura, and S. G. Hanson, "Optical system defect propagation in ABCD systems," Opt. Lett. 13, 333-335 (1988)