Abstract

A collimation method of misaligned optical systems is proposed. The method is based on selectively nullifying main alignment-driven aberration components. This selective compensation is achieved by the optimal adjustment of chosen alignment parameters. It is shown that this optimal adjustment can be obtained by solving a linear matrix equation of the low-order alignment-driven terms of primary field aberrations. A significant result from the adjustment is to place the centers of the primary field aberrations, initially scattered over the field due to misalignment, to a desired common field location. This aberration concentering naturally results in recovery of image quality across the field of view. Error analyses and robustness tests show the method’s feasibility in efficient removal of alignment-driven aberrations in the face of measurement and model uncertainties. The extension of the method to the collim ion of a misaligned system with higher-order alignment-driven aberrations is also shown.

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2008 (3)

H. Lee, G. B. Dalton, I. A. J. Tosh, and S.-W. Kim, “Implementation of differential wavefront sampling in optical alignment of pupil-segmented telescope systems,” Proc. SPIE 7017, 70171T (2008).

A. M. Hvisc, and J. H. Burge, “Alignment analysis of four-mirror spherical aberration correctors,” Proc. SPIE 7018, 701819 (2008).

H. Lee, G. Dalton, I. Tosh, and S. Kim, “Computer-guided alignment III: Description of inter-element alignment effect in circular-pupil optical systems,” Opt. Express 16, 10992–11006 (2008).
[CrossRef]

2007 (4)

2000 (1)

L. Noethe, and S. Guisard, “Analytic expressions for field astigmatism in decentered two mirror telescopes and application to the collimation of the ESO VLT,” Acta Anat. Suppl. 144, 157–167 (2000).

1998 (1)

H. N. Chapman, and D. W. Sweeney, “Rigorous method for compensation selection and alignment of microlithographic optical systems,” Proc. SPIE 3331, 102–113 (1998).

1997 (1)

R. N. Wilson, and B. Delabre, “Concerning the Alignment of Modern Telescopes: Theory, Practice, and Tolerance Illustrated by the ESO NTT,” Publ. Astron. Soc. Pac. 109, 53–60 (1997).

1996 (1)

B. McLeod, “Collimation of Fast Wide-Field Telescopes,” Publ. Astron. Soc. Pac. 108, 217–219 (1996).

1991 (1)

M. A. Lundgren, and W. L. Wolfe, “Alignment of a three-mirror off-axis telescope by reverse optimization,” Opt. Eng. 30, 307–311 (1991).
[CrossRef]

1987 (1)

H. J. Jeong, G. N. Lawrence, and K. B. Nahm, “Auto-alignment of a three mirror off-axis telescope by reverse optimization and end-to-end aberration measurements,” Proc. SPIE 818, 419–430 (1987).

1975 (1)

Burge, J. H.

A. M. Hvisc, and J. H. Burge, “Alignment analysis of four-mirror spherical aberration correctors,” Proc. SPIE 7018, 701819 (2008).

Chapman, H. N.

H. N. Chapman, and D. W. Sweeney, “Rigorous method for compensation selection and alignment of microlithographic optical systems,” Proc. SPIE 3331, 102–113 (1998).

Dalton, G.

Dalton, G. B.

H. Lee, G. B. Dalton, I. A. J. Tosh, and S.-W. Kim, “Implementation of differential wavefront sampling in optical alignment of pupil-segmented telescope systems,” Proc. SPIE 7017, 70171T (2008).

H. Lee, G. B. Dalton, I. A. J. Tosh, and S.-W. Kim, “Practical implementation of the complex wavefront modulation model for optical alignment,” Proc. SPIE 6617, 66170N (2007).

H. Lee, G. B. Dalton, I. A. J. Tosh, and S.-W. Kim, “Computer-guided alignment II: Optical system alignment using differential wavefront sampling,” Opt. Express 15, 15424–15437 (2007).
[CrossRef]

H. Lee, G. B. Dalton, I. A. J. Tosh, and S. Kim, “Computer-guided alignment I: Phase and amplitude modulation of the alignment-influenced wavefront,” Opt. Express 15, 3127–3139 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Delabre, B.

R. N. Wilson, and B. Delabre, “Concerning the Alignment of Modern Telescopes: Theory, Practice, and Tolerance Illustrated by the ESO NTT,” Publ. Astron. Soc. Pac. 109, 53–60 (1997).

Guisard, S.

L. Noethe, and S. Guisard, “Analytic expressions for field astigmatism in decentered two mirror telescopes and application to the collimation of the ESO VLT,” Acta Anat. Suppl. 144, 157–167 (2000).

Hvisc, A. M.

A. M. Hvisc, and J. H. Burge, “Alignment analysis of four-mirror spherical aberration correctors,” Proc. SPIE 7018, 701819 (2008).

Jeong, H. J.

H. J. Jeong, G. N. Lawrence, and K. B. Nahm, “Auto-alignment of a three mirror off-axis telescope by reverse optimization and end-to-end aberration measurements,” Proc. SPIE 818, 419–430 (1987).

Kim, S.

Kim, S.-W.

H. Lee, G. B. Dalton, I. A. J. Tosh, and S.-W. Kim, “Implementation of differential wavefront sampling in optical alignment of pupil-segmented telescope systems,” Proc. SPIE 7017, 70171T (2008).

S. Kim, H.-S. Yang, Y.-W. Lee, and S.-W. Kim, “Merit function regression method for efficient alignment control of two-mirror optical systems,” Opt. Express 15, 5059–5068 (2007).
[CrossRef]

H. Lee, G. B. Dalton, I. A. J. Tosh, and S.-W. Kim, “Practical implementation of the complex wavefront modulation model for optical alignment,” Proc. SPIE 6617, 66170N (2007).

H. Lee, G. B. Dalton, I. A. J. Tosh, and S.-W. Kim, “Computer-guided alignment II: Optical system alignment using differential wavefront sampling,” Opt. Express 15, 15424–15437 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Lawrence, G. N.

H. J. Jeong, G. N. Lawrence, and K. B. Nahm, “Auto-alignment of a three mirror off-axis telescope by reverse optimization and end-to-end aberration measurements,” Proc. SPIE 818, 419–430 (1987).

Lee, H.

Lee, Y.-W.

Lundgren, M. A.

M. A. Lundgren, and W. L. Wolfe, “Alignment of a three-mirror off-axis telescope by reverse optimization,” Opt. Eng. 30, 307–311 (1991).
[CrossRef]

McLeod, B.

B. McLeod, “Collimation of Fast Wide-Field Telescopes,” Publ. Astron. Soc. Pac. 108, 217–219 (1996).

Nahm, K. B.

H. J. Jeong, G. N. Lawrence, and K. B. Nahm, “Auto-alignment of a three mirror off-axis telescope by reverse optimization and end-to-end aberration measurements,” Proc. SPIE 818, 419–430 (1987).

Noethe, L.

L. Noethe, and S. Guisard, “Analytic expressions for field astigmatism in decentered two mirror telescopes and application to the collimation of the ESO VLT,” Acta Anat. Suppl. 144, 157–167 (2000).

Noll, R. J.

Sweeney, D. W.

H. N. Chapman, and D. W. Sweeney, “Rigorous method for compensation selection and alignment of microlithographic optical systems,” Proc. SPIE 3331, 102–113 (1998).

Tosh, I.

Tosh, I. A. J.

H. Lee, G. B. Dalton, I. A. J. Tosh, and S.-W. Kim, “Implementation of differential wavefront sampling in optical alignment of pupil-segmented telescope systems,” Proc. SPIE 7017, 70171T (2008).

H. Lee, G. B. Dalton, I. A. J. Tosh, and S.-W. Kim, “Practical implementation of the complex wavefront modulation model for optical alignment,” Proc. SPIE 6617, 66170N (2007).

H. Lee, G. B. Dalton, I. A. J. Tosh, and S. Kim, “Computer-guided alignment I: Phase and amplitude modulation of the alignment-influenced wavefront,” Opt. Express 15, 3127–3139 (2007).
[CrossRef]

H. Lee, G. B. Dalton, I. A. J. Tosh, and S.-W. Kim, “Computer-guided alignment II: Optical system alignment using differential wavefront sampling,” Opt. Express 15, 15424–15437 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Wilson, R. N.

R. N. Wilson, and B. Delabre, “Concerning the Alignment of Modern Telescopes: Theory, Practice, and Tolerance Illustrated by the ESO NTT,” Publ. Astron. Soc. Pac. 109, 53–60 (1997).

Wolfe, W. L.

M. A. Lundgren, and W. L. Wolfe, “Alignment of a three-mirror off-axis telescope by reverse optimization,” Opt. Eng. 30, 307–311 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Yang, H.-S.

Acta Anat. Suppl. (1)

L. Noethe, and S. Guisard, “Analytic expressions for field astigmatism in decentered two mirror telescopes and application to the collimation of the ESO VLT,” Acta Anat. Suppl. 144, 157–167 (2000).

J. Opt. Soc. Am. (1)

Opt. Eng. (1)

M. A. Lundgren, and W. L. Wolfe, “Alignment of a three-mirror off-axis telescope by reverse optimization,” Opt. Eng. 30, 307–311 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (4)

Proc. SPIE (5)

H. J. Jeong, G. N. Lawrence, and K. B. Nahm, “Auto-alignment of a three mirror off-axis telescope by reverse optimization and end-to-end aberration measurements,” Proc. SPIE 818, 419–430 (1987).

H. Lee, G. B. Dalton, I. A. J. Tosh, and S.-W. Kim, “Practical implementation of the complex wavefront modulation model for optical alignment,” Proc. SPIE 6617, 66170N (2007).

H. Lee, G. B. Dalton, I. A. J. Tosh, and S.-W. Kim, “Implementation of differential wavefront sampling in optical alignment of pupil-segmented telescope systems,” Proc. SPIE 7017, 70171T (2008).

H. N. Chapman, and D. W. Sweeney, “Rigorous method for compensation selection and alignment of microlithographic optical systems,” Proc. SPIE 3331, 102–113 (1998).

A. M. Hvisc, and J. H. Burge, “Alignment analysis of four-mirror spherical aberration correctors,” Proc. SPIE 7018, 701819 (2008).

Publ. Astron. Soc. Pac. (2)

B. McLeod, “Collimation of Fast Wide-Field Telescopes,” Publ. Astron. Soc. Pac. 108, 217–219 (1996).

R. N. Wilson, and B. Delabre, “Concerning the Alignment of Modern Telescopes: Theory, Practice, and Tolerance Illustrated by the ESO NTT,” Publ. Astron. Soc. Pac. 109, 53–60 (1997).

Other (5)

W. Sutherland, Alignment and Number of Wavefront Sensors for VISTA, VIS-TRE-ATC-00112–0012 (Technical report, Astronomy Technology Center, UK, 2001).

D. O’Donoghue, South African Large Telescope, Observatory, 7935, South Africa (Personal communication, 2009).

R. V. Shack, and K. Thompson, “Influence of alignment errors of a telescope system on its aberration field,” in Optical alignment, R. M. Shagam and W. C. Sweatt, eds., Proc. SPIE 251, 146–153 (1980).

W. H. Press, S. A. Teukolsky, W. T. Vetterling, and B. P. Flannery, Numerical Recipes in C 2nd ed. (Cambridge, 2002).

G. D’Agostini, Bayesian Reasoning in Data Analysis (World Scientific, 2005).

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