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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2011
  • pp: 846–848

Wavefront sensing with an axicon

Brian Vohnsen, Sara Castillo, and Diego Rativa  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 6, pp. 846-848 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.000846


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Abstract

The use of a large apex-angle axicon for common-path interferometric wavefront sensing is proposed. The approach is a variant of point-diffraction interferometry bearing similarities to pyramidal wavefront sensing. A theoretical basis for wavefront sensing with an axicon is developed, and the outcomes of numerical simulations are compared to experimental results obtained with spherical and cylindrical ophthalmic trial lenses. It is confirmed that the axicon can be used for wavefront sensing, although its refraction may ultimately complicate and limit its operational range.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.7350) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Wave-front sensing
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(080.4298) Geometric optics : Nonimaging optics

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

History
Original Manuscript: December 7, 2010
Revised Manuscript: January 26, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: February 7, 2011
Published: March 9, 2011

Citation
Brian Vohnsen, Sara Castillo, and Diego Rativa, "Wavefront sensing with an axicon," Opt. Lett. 36, 846-848 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-6-846

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