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  • Vol. 6, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 1967
  • pp: 1924–1929

A Multiple-Beam Interferometer for Use with Spherical Wavefronts

L. R. Heintze, H. D. Polster, and J. Vrabel  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 6, Issue 11, pp. 1924-1929 (1967)

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A multiple-beam interferometer that permits evaluation of autostigmatic systems is described. A small reference sphere is compared with a spherical wavefront in a manner analogous to the comparison of a plane wavefront with the reference flat in a Fizeau interferometer. To prevent walk-off of the fringes, a field lens is used at the center of curvature of the reference sphere. The instrument described has been used for evaluating spherical mirrors, concentric windows, and lenses.

© 1967 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: May 2, 1967
Published: November 1, 1967

L. R. Heintze, H. D. Polster, and J. Vrabel, "A Multiple-Beam Interferometer for Use with Spherical Wavefronts," Appl. Opt. 6, 1924-1929 (1967)

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  1. W. E. Williams, Application of Interferometry (John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1950).
  2. W. H. Steele, Opt. Acta 9, 111 (1962). [CrossRef]
  3. D. Herriott, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 55, 614 A (1965).
  4. See Ref. 3; also D. Herriott, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 56, 719 (1966). [CrossRef]

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