An interferometric fringe scanner was used for the Technology Mirror Assembly (TMA) x-ray telescope, built by Perkin-Elmer as a technology demonstration for the Advanced X-Ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF). We discuss advanced data processing features, implemented during a follow-on project to improve the mirror’s midfrequency errors still further. Data processing techniques include interleaving of multiple scans, and optimal smoothing and interpolation of the interleaved data onto a uniform grid. We discuss the underlying mathematics behind the processes, the motivation in terms of recovering the highest possible spatial frequencies from the data, and some sample results.
© 1988 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: October 9, 1987
Published: April 15, 1988
Paul Glenn and Andrea Sarnik, "Processing of interferometric fringe scanner data for the AXAF/TMA x-ray telescope," Appl. Opt. 27, 1534-1538 (1988)