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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 5 — Mar. 2, 2009
  • pp: 3242–3254

Null test of an off-axis parabolic mirror. II. Configuration with planar reference wave and spherical return surface

Jan Burke  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 5, pp. 3242-3254 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.003242


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Abstract

This paper complements our previous study on testing a 25.4 mm diameter diamond-turned 90° off-axis commercial-quality parabolic mirror with a spherical test wave in a phase-shifting Fizeau interferometer (Opt. Express 17, 3196–3210 (2009). In this study I reverse the optical system and use the Fizeau interferometer with a planar reference surface, auxiliary components, and the surface of the transmission sphere as a reflecting spherical return surface. As in the previous paper, I present a description of the necessary steps for alignment and measurement validation. The reversal of the optical system, and associated co-ordinate systems, necessitates some changes of hardware and analysis that provide insight into the underlying symmetries, and may prove useful in a wider context.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(120.3930) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrological instrumentation
(120.4800) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical standards and testing
(220.1250) Optical design and fabrication : Aspherics
(110.2650) Imaging systems : Fringe analysis

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

History
Original Manuscript: December 12, 2008
Revised Manuscript: January 28, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: February 6, 2009
Published: February 17, 2009

Citation
Jan Burke, "Null test of an off-axis parabolic mirror. II. Configuration with planar reference wave and spherical return surface," Opt. Express 17, 3242-3254 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-5-3242


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