Tagged with: Point Source Microscope
ABSTRACT: The Point Source Microscope (PSM) is used to locate the apex of retroreflecting prisms in 3 degrees of translational freedom with a precision of less than 1 micron. The process is easily explained for right angle prisms, as will be done in this paper, but the explanation is valid for cube corner retroreflectors such as those mounted in spherical balls, spherically mounted retroreflectors, or SMRs, for use with laser trackers. With suitable, simple fixturing, the measurements for all 3 directions are made to a precision of < 1 μm in less than 1 minute.
ABSTRACT: As opposed to a bright field, reflecting microscope that produces an image of a microscopic object, a point source, or autostigmatic, microscope uses pinhole illumination to produce a diffration limited spot at the objective focus and that spot diverges as a nearly perfect spherical wavefront. This note describes many useful applications of the Point Source Microscope (PSM), a modern version of the classic autostigmatic microscope, that also includes a bright field imaging option and is useful as an autocollimator.