We present a differential wavefront sampling method for the efficient alignment of centred optical systems. Using the inter-element effects reported in our previous study, this method generates a linear symmetric matrix that relates the optical wavefront to misalignments within the system. The solution vector of this matrix equation provides a unique description of decentre and tilt misalignments of the system. We give a comparison of this approach to the existing method in the first case study and then illustrate characteristics of the new approach using the subsequent four case studies and Monte-Carlo alignment simulations. The results reveal superiority of the method over the existing one in misalignment estimation accuracy and demonstrate the practical feasibility and robustness.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics