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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 10 — Apr. 1, 2012
  • pp: 1598–1604

Generalized data reduction approach for aspheric testing in a non-null interferometer

Chao Tian, Yongying Yang, and Yongmo Zhuo  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 10, pp. 1598-1604 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.51.001598


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Abstract

Data reduction in non-null tests is difficult due to the presence of retrace error. We propose a simple yet effective data reduction approach for aspheric testing in a non-null interferometer. The new approach gives figure error of the aspheric by just subtracting the theoretical wavefront and first-order errors from the real wavefront obtained in the non-null interferometer. Precise prediction of the theoretical wavefront can be achieved by accurate calibration of the partial compensation system. The approach can be considered a generalization of the traditional data processing method in null tests, and errors that may affect its accuracy are discussed. A set of experiments have been carried out to demonstrate its validity and feasibility.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(120.6650) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Surface measurements, figure
(220.1250) Optical design and fabrication : Aspherics
(220.4840) Optical design and fabrication : Testing

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

History
Original Manuscript: October 25, 2011
Revised Manuscript: December 13, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: December 30, 2011
Published: March 30, 2012

Citation
Chao Tian, Yongying Yang, and Yongmo Zhuo, "Generalized data reduction approach for aspheric testing in a non-null interferometer," Appl. Opt. 51, 1598-1604 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-51-10-1598

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