Abstract

Simple methods are presented for aligning beam expanders, pinholes, and crosshairs to laser beams. The reliability of these methods illustrates that often these procedures can be greatly simplified by observing the laser beam downstream from the element being aligned.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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  1. M.V.R.K. Murty, Optical Shop Testing, D. Malacara ed. (John Wiley & Sons, New York, N.Y., 1978), Chap. 4.
  2. P. Hariharan, Optical Interferometry, (Academic Press, San Diego, Calif., 1985), pp. 134โ€“137.

Hariharan, P.

P. Hariharan, Optical Interferometry, (Academic Press, San Diego, Calif., 1985), pp. 134โ€“137.

Murty, M.V.R.K.

M.V.R.K. Murty, Optical Shop Testing, D. Malacara ed. (John Wiley & Sons, New York, N.Y., 1978), Chap. 4.

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M.V.R.K. Murty, Optical Shop Testing, D. Malacara ed. (John Wiley & Sons, New York, N.Y., 1978), Chap. 4.

P. Hariharan, Optical Interferometry, (Academic Press, San Diego, Calif., 1985), pp. 134โ€“137.

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Figure 1

Schematic of a typical beam expander.

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Misaligned pinhole.

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