SCOTS: A useful tool for specifying and testing optics in slope space

Margaret Z. Dominguez, John Armstrong, Peng Su, Robert E. Parks, James H. Burge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

10 Scopus citations


When defining surface irregularities more often than not it is useful to represent these as slope errors rather than surface errors. However, surface error specifications are more commonly used even though they do not accurately represent performance but simply physical characteristics. An example of slope measurement technique and specification is a method developed by the University of Arizona called SCOTS (Software Configurable Optical Test System) which has showed to be accurate, while very fast and easy to setup. It directly measures the transverse ray aberration/slope of an optical system using transmission deflectometry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInterferometry XVI
Subtitle of host publicationTechniques and Analysis
StatePublished - 2012
EventInterferometry XVI: Techniques and Analysis - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 13 2012Aug 15 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherInterferometry XVI: Techniques and Analysis
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Deflectometry
  • Optical metrology
  • Slope error
  • Wavefront error

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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