Publications

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  • Wang, L., Parks, R. E. & Al.,. (2010). A low-cost, flexible, high dynamic range test for free-form illumination optics. Proc. SPIE, 7652, 76521H. [More]
  • Parks, R. E. (2006). A practical implementation of the Random Ball Test. OSA, OF&T, OFMC12. [More]
  • Shao, L., Parks, R. E. & Ai, C. (1992). Absolute Testing of Flats Using Four Data Sets. Proc. SPIE, 1776, 94-7. [More]
  • Parks, R. E. (1980). Alignment of Off-axis Conic Mirrors. OSA, OF&T, TuB4 139-45. [More]
  • Parks, R. E. (2006). Alignment of optical systems. Proc. SPIE, 6342, 634204. [More]
  • Parks, R. E. (1982). An overview of optical manufacturing methods. Proc. SPIE, 306, 2-12. [More]
  • Su, P., Burge, J. H. & Parks, R. E. (2010). Application of maximum likelihood reconstruction of subaperture data for measurement of large flat mirrors. Appl. Opts., 49, 21-31. [More]
  • Parks, R. E. & Evans, C. J. (1997). Applications of the rapidly renewable lap. Proc. SPIE, 3134, 240-251. [More]
  • Su, P., Parks, R. E., Burge, J. H. & Al.,. (2014). Aspheric and freeform surfaces metrology with software configurable optical test system. Opt. Eng., 53, 031305-1-10. [More]
  • Parks, R. E. (1973). Aspheric Lens Elements and Spline Functions. Appl. Opts., 12, 2541-3. [More]
  • Gao, H., Xin, Q., Haung, K. & Parks, R. E. (1993). Aspheric surface testing by a phase-shifting shearing interferometer. Proc. SPIE, 1994, 145-9. [More]
  • Parks, R. E. (2015). Autostigmatic microscope and how it works. Appl. Opts., 54, 1436-8. [More]
  • Parks, R. E. & Sumner, R. E. (1978). Bright inexpensive pinhole source. Appl. Opts., 17, 2469. [More]
  • Lange, S. R. & Parks, R. E. (1981). Characterization of scattering from diamond-turned surfaces. Proc. SPIE, 257, 169-76. [More]
  • Parks, R. E. (1992). Competitiveness and International Standardization. Proc. SPIE, 1617, 214-7. [More]
  • Parks, R. E. & Zhao, C. (2017). Computer Generated Holograms as 3D Calibration Artifacts. Proc. ASPE, Spr. Top, 105-9. [More]
  • Parks, R. E. (2017). Computer Generated Holograms as Fixtures for Testing Optical Elements. IODC, OF&T, JTh4B.4. [More]
  • Parks, R. E. (2010). Conjugate selection for precision lens centering. Proc. SPIE, 7793, 779304. [More]
  • Parks, R. E. & Armsrong, B. K. (1980). Contoured support method of local optical figuring. Appl. Opts., 20, 1732-3. [More]
  • Baars, J. W., Parks, R. E. & Al.,. (1983). Design features of a 10 m telescope for submillimeter astronomy. Proc. SPIE, 444, 65-71. [More]
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Case Studies & Testimonials

Why is proper alignment so important?

Here is a case of a very happy customer due to better optics.

A few days ago an astronomer friend of mine commented that he had gotten the optics of his telescope improved and the improvement reduced the time it took to get data by a factor of 3. For an astronomer this is a dramatic improvement since observing time on large telescopes can cost thousands of dollars an hour.

My friend did not say how the optics had been improved, but the important point is that better optics, whether due to figure errors, mounting or alignment mean more productive optics. I generally think of better optics as a better product leaving the manufacturing facility without thinking about how much the better optics mean to the productivity of the customer.