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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 3 — Feb. 2, 2009
  • pp: 1854–1858

Ronchigram quantification via a non-complementary dark-space effect

Sukmock Lee and Jose Sasian  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 3, pp. 1854-1858 (2009)

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We observe a non-complementary dark-space produced when two Ronchi-grams, at zero-phase and π -phase, are overlapped and use these dark spaces to quantify Ronchi-grams. Diffraction and multiple beam interference effects narrow the Ronchi fringes created with a coherent point source illumination and prevent accurate determination of the geometrical fringe edges. The dark spaces created when the intensity of two Ronchi grams is added allow assessing the geometrical edge at the dark space middle providing a way to reduce measurement errors. We re-construct the wavefront deformation in a test beam with a 35-term Zernike polynomial. Experimental results are presented.

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(120.4800) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical standards and testing

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: December 2, 2008
Revised Manuscript: January 12, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: January 23, 2009
Published: January 29, 2009

Sukmock Lee and Jose Sasian, "Ronchigram quantification via a non-complementary dark-space effect," Opt. Express 17, 1854-1858 (2009)

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