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  • Vol. 34, Iss. 34 — Dec. 1, 1995
  • pp: 7815–7819

Visualization of surface figure by the use of Zernike polynomials

Chris J. Evans, Robert E. Parks, Paul J. Sullivan, and John S. Taylor  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 34, Issue 34, pp. 7815-7819 (1995)

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Commercial software in modern interferometers used in optical testing frequently fit the wave-front or surface-figure error to Zernike polynomials; typically 37 coefficients are provided. We provide visual representations of these data in a form that may help optical fabricators decide how to improve their process or how to optimize system assembly.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: December 21, 1994
Revised Manuscript: April 14, 1995
Published: December 1, 1995

Chris J. Evans, Robert E. Parks, Paul J. Sullivan, and John S. Taylor, "Visualization of surface figure by the use of Zernike polynomials," Appl. Opt. 34, 7815-7819 (1995)

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