22 April 2016 Advanced centering of mounted optics
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Abstract
Camera objectives or laser focusing units consist of complex lens systems with multiple lenses. The optical performance of such complex lens systems is dependent on the correct positioning of lenses in the system. Deviations in location or angle within the system directly affect the achievable image quality. To optimize the achievable performance of lens systems, these errors can be corrected by machining the mount of the lens with respect to the optical axis. The Innolite GmbH and Opto Alignment Technology have developed a novel machine for such center turning operation. A confocal laser reflection measurement sensor determines the absolute position of the optical axis with reference to the spindle axis. As a strong advantage compared to autocollimator measurements the utilized Opto Alignment sensor is capable of performing centration and tilt measurements without changing objectives on any radius surface from 2 mm to infinity and lens diameters from 0.5 mm to 300 mm, including cylinder, aspheric, and parabolic surfaces. In addition, it performs significantly better on coated lenses. The optical axis is skewed and offset in reference to the spindle axis as determined by the measurement. Using the information about the mount and all reference surfaces, a machine program for an untrue turning process is calculated from this data in a fully automated manner. Since the optical axis is not collinear with the spindle axis, the diamond tool compensates for these linear and tilt deviations with small correction movements. This results in a simple machine setup where the control system works as an electronic alignment chuck. Remaining eccentricity of <1 μm and angular errors of < 10 sec are typical alignment results.
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Christian Wenzel, Christian Wenzel, Ralf Winkelmann, Ralf Winkelmann, Rainer Klar, Rainer Klar, Peter Philippen, Peter Philippen, Ron Garden, Ron Garden, Sasha Pearlman, Sasha Pearlman, Guy Pearlman, Guy Pearlman, "Advanced centering of mounted optics", Proc. SPIE 9730, Components and Packaging for Laser Systems II, 973012 (22 April 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2213125; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2213125
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