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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 24 — Nov. 29, 2004
  • pp: 5887–5895

Optical tests with Bessel beam interferometry

Mathieu Fortin, Michel Piché, and Ermanno F. Borra  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 24, pp. 5887-5895 (2004)

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In this paper we demonstrate how Bessel beam interferometry can be used to characterize the curvature of a reflecting surface. The approach is based on the fact that the intensity distribution produced by the coherent superposition of Bessel beams is a sensitive function of the relative phases between the constituting beams. We show how this phase sensitivity can translate into accurate measurements of the curvature of a wavefront. Experimental tests were made with a liquid mirror. We have also used Bessel beams to measure the precession angle of the liquid mirror. Our results show that Bessel beam interferometry is a very accurate tool for the optical testing of non-stationary surfaces and that it could be used as a general method of real-time, non-contact sensing. Bessel beam interferometry has the advantage of not requiring any reference arm that needs to be stabilized.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(070.2590) Fourier optics and signal processing : ABCD transforms
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(230.4040) Optical devices : Mirrors
(240.6700) Optics at surfaces : Surfaces
(350.1260) Other areas of optics : Astronomical optics

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: October 18, 2004
Revised Manuscript: November 11, 2004
Published: November 29, 2004

Mathieu Fortin, Michel Piché, and Ermanno Borra, "Optical tests with Bessel beam interferometry," Opt. Express 12, 5887-5895 (2004)

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