Ray-tracing studies for a whole-viewing-angle retroreflector

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The APS Survey and Alignment team uses LEICA laser trackers for the majority of their alignment tasks. These instruments utilize several different retroreflectors for tracking the path of the laser interferometer. Currently in use are open-air corner cubes with an acceptance angle of {+-}20{degree}, corner cube prisms with an acceptance angle of {+-}50{degree}, and a Cat's eye with an acceptance angle of {+-}60{degree}. Best measurement results can be achieved by using an open-air corner cube that eliminates the need for the laser beam to travel through a different medium before it returns to the instrument detector. However, the trade off ... continued below

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Yang, B. & Friedsam, H. February 2, 2000.

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The APS Survey and Alignment team uses LEICA laser trackers for the majority of their alignment tasks. These instruments utilize several different retroreflectors for tracking the path of the laser interferometer. Currently in use are open-air corner cubes with an acceptance angle of {+-}20{degree}, corner cube prisms with an acceptance angle of {+-}50{degree}, and a Cat's eye with an acceptance angle of {+-}60{degree}. Best measurement results can be achieved by using an open-air corner cube that eliminates the need for the laser beam to travel through a different medium before it returns to the instrument detector. However, the trade off is a small acceptance angle. In order to overcome the limitations of the small acceptance angles, Takatsuji et al. has proposed the creation of a full-viewing-angle retroreflector. Based on the notion that the radius R{sub 1} of a common Cat's eye is proportional to R{sub 2}, one can write: R{sub 1} = (n {minus} 1)R{sub 2}. In the case that n, the refractive index of glass, equals 2, the radii R{sub 1} and R{sub 2} are identical, and one can create a solid sphere Cat's eye. This design has the advantages that no adhesives are used to bond the two hemispheres together, misalignments between the hemispheres are not an issue, and most importantly, larger acceptance angles are possible. This paper shows the results of their ray tracing calculations characterizing the geometrical optics.

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INIS; OSTI as DE00751896

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  • International Workshop on Accelerator Alignment 1999, Grenoble (FR), 10/18/1999--10/22/1999

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  • Report No.: ANL/ASD/CP-100988
  • Grant Number: W-31109-ENG-38
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 751896
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc710871

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Yang, B. & Friedsam, H. Ray-tracing studies for a whole-viewing-angle retroreflector, article, February 2, 2000; Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc710871/: accessed December 13, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.