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Testing optical aspheric surfaces by aspheric characteristic interferogram
Author(s): Weimin Zheng; Tianning Cao
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Paper Abstract

The interference pattern of the optical path difference between an aspherical optical surface and the corresponding best fit spherical surface is the Aspherics Characteristic Interferogram (ACI), which can be used as a template to test aspheric optical surfaces without test plates or null compensation systems. This direct interferometry can be used in the optical shop testing and in the digital phase-shifting spherical Fizeau interferometer to achieve high precise aspheric surface testing automatically. We succeeded in testing several aspheric surfaces by this method. ACI is also the base of phasing segmented mirrors, and six small- segmented mirrors were successfully combinated to a large mirror. If used in the infrared red interferometer, strongly aspheric surfaces with asphericity more than 40micrometers can also be tested. Experiments show that the ACI is a fast, effective aspherical surface measurement technique.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 October 2000
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 4221, Optical Measurement and Nondestructive Testing: Techniques and Applications, (9 October 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.402606
Show Author Affiliations
Weimin Zheng, Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (China)
Tianning Cao, Zhejiang Univ. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4221:
Optical Measurement and Nondestructive Testing: Techniques and Applications
FeiJun Song; Frank Chen; Michael Y.Y. Hung; H.M. Shang, Editor(s)

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