Optical EngineeringTesting concave surfaces with a rotating Ronchi grating
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The traditional qualitative Ronchi test has undergone various manifestations with efforts to produce quantifiable results. Usual schemes call for the portage of the Ronchi grating via a carriage along machined ways aligned nearly parallel with the axis of the reflecting concave surface under test. The distance the grating is moved provides the variable in the data for making the test. A new test geometry has the grating carried in a bearing that is clamped in a gauged position, and the angle of the turned grating is read on a scale to provide the data variable. Aside from an increase in accuracy, this testing geometry allows, with the reduction mathematics, a number of entry-data options. Full-surface evaluation and the testing of astigmatic surfaces are possible. Adding an accurate vernier to the angular scale on the bearing allows finding the radius of curvature for the surface under test to a fineness unmatched by the standard mechanical spherometer.