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Optical Engineering

Influence of low-spatial frequency ripples in machined potassium dihydrogen phosphate crystal surfaces on wavefront errors based on the wavelet method
Author(s): Wanqun Chen; Yazhou Sun
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Paper Abstract

In using a fly cutter to machine potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KDP) crystals, rippling in machined surfaces will remain that will have a significant impact on the optical performance. An analysis of these low-spatial frequency ripples is presented and its influence on the root-mean-squared gradient (GRMS) of the wavefront discussed. A frequency analysis of the machined KDP crystal surfaces is performed using wavelet transform and power spectral density methods. Based on a classification of the time frequencies for these macroripples, the multimode vibration of the machine tool is found to be the main reason surface ripples are produced. Improvements in the machine design parameters are proposed to limit such effects on the wavefront performance of the KDP crystal.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 February 2015
PDF: 6 pages
Opt. Eng. 54(2) 024101 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.54.2.024101
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 54, Issue 2
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Wanqun Chen, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
Yazhou Sun, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)


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