Optical EngineeringPVr-a robust amplitude parameter for optical surface specification
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Peak-to-valley departure (PV) is entrenched in optics design and manufacture as a characterization of an optical figure; modern interferometers commonly use 1k×1k detectors, the output of which may not be well represented by two points. PVr is a newly proposed robust amplitude parameter that combines the PV of a 36-term Zernike fit and the root mean square of the residual. This provides automatic filtering, is insensitive to system resolution, and relates directly to imaging performance via the Marechal criterion. Use of PVr in place of PV is recommended.