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Speckle-based interferometric technique for surface-finish measurements
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Paper Abstract

After being processed by an optical system, either in reflection or in transmission, a probe wavefront contains information on the induced aberrations that are conveniently reported by interferometry. Yet, the probe beam also includes diffuse light, mostly produced by scattering at the optical surfaces. The actual disturbance that is studied via interferometry is a partially developed speckle field, made of a strong bias phaser plus the weak random contribution due to scattering. The standard deviation of the random contribution, normalized to the modulus of the bias phaser, is assumed as a characteristic parameter of the speckle field. Such a parameter has been measured with digital phase-shift interferometric techniques on a series of selected samples, corresponding to different optical finish. In excess of 120 samples have been studied, referred to a traceable polishing process. The results are interpreted on the basis of available models of polishing mechanisms. Data fitting to the equation of the theory is reported; the results are in fair agreement with the theory.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1993
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1781, Specification and Measurement of Optical Systems, (1 January 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.140967
Show Author Affiliations
Vincenzo Greco, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (Italy)
Giuseppe Molesini, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (Italy)
Franco Quercioli, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1781:
Specification and Measurement of Optical Systems

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