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Optical Alignment

  1. Mitchell C. Ruda

Published Online: 15 JUL 2004

DOI: 10.1002/3527600434.eap633

Encyclopedia of Applied Physics

Encyclopedia of Applied Physics

How to Cite

Ruda, M. C. 2004. Optical Alignment. Encyclopedia of Applied Physics. .

Author Information

  1. Ruda & Associates, Inc., Tucson, AZ, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2004

Abstract

The philosophical approach to the alignment of optical systems is discussed. Methods of diagnosing the alignment errors through the observation of the actual image errors in the optical system are summarized. Some of the tools used in the alignment of optical systems are described. Important techniques are reviewed.

Keywords:

  • autocollimation;
  • optical systems;
  • optical alignment;
  • misalignment errors;
  • aberrations;
  • star test