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10 July 2018 Mechanical alignment of optical system: CMMs forces and damages on optical elements
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Traditional alignment techniques for optical systems are usually based on iterative procedures where each optical element is positioned and aligned with push-pull systems and the feedback is provided by the images acquired on the focal planes. The long-term stability of those optomechanical mounts can be critical and, In order to overcome this limitation a new mounting has been proposed together with a new alignment strategy based on the direct mechanical measurement of the optical surfaces. The contact between the probe and the surfaces of the optics can be a critical point and lead to different alignment strategies. In this paper, the forces applied by different Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs) will be presented together with a derived theoretical model. Moreover, the results of the damage tests performed on different optical elements will be shown and some general prediction rule will be presented.
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M. Aliverti, G. Pariani, M. Riva, B. Saggin, and M. Tarabini "Mechanical alignment of optical system: CMMs forces and damages on optical elements", Proc. SPIE 10706, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation III, 107064M (10 July 2018);


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