Analysis and Optimization of Image Quality Evaluation Function in Computer-aided Alignment of Precision Optical System

  •  Yong Luo    


The consistent application of computer-aided alignment technology could surmount aimlessness and significantly shorten the align period of complex optical systems. Wherein, the appropriate system image evaluation function is the primary condition to solve the system misalignment successfully. This paper first establishes the relationship between the amount of misalignment and the system aberration through mathematical modelling and then analyzes the relationship between Zernike coefficient, geometric aberration and system image quality in detail, proposes to construct a system image evaluation system using the idea of Zernike coefficient weighting to solve the problem of numerical instability and imprecision of the solutions caused by the direct selection of Zernike coefficients. Subsequently, the experimental alignment of an infrared optical system was performed using the optical system image quality evaluation method established in this paper. The alignment results showed that the RMS value of the system image quality improved by 24.8% under the same solving algorithm compares to the direct selection of the Zernike coefficient and the weighted Zernike coefficient as the system image quality evaluation function. Therefore, the application of the weighted Zernike coefficient-based optical system image evaluation function proposed in this paper is reasonable, feasible, and effective in the computer-aided alignment process.

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