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Novel interferometer
Author(s): Ray Williamson
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Paper Abstract

Thin, visibly opaque components for use in infrared transmission present a challenge in tolerancing and manufacture: Most optical shops do not have access to infrared interferometry and so must evaluate the opposing surfaces in visible light. The inevitable bending of thin parts will create surface deformations that are individually far in excess of allowable limits. However if the opposing surface deformations track each other, the part may be perfectly functional. The dilemma is between over-specification of the surfaces and consequent multiplication in costs and schedule; vs. verification in the infrared, thus eliminating most perfectly competent vendors. Herein, I present a novel interferometric cavity setup utilizing a standard, commercial interferometer, in which the test beam reflects twice from each side, in point by point registration across the aperture. I also present fringe-scaling factors based on angle of incidence and index of refraction. The cavity error can be conveniently subtracted. Small wedge can be measured or eliminated, or if desired, large wedge can be eliminated. The components can, thus, be specified and verified functionally with significant reduction in difficulty and cost. NOTE: this work was presented at SPIE in 1991, v 1527 p 188. The audience that day was very small. I think the technique remains valuable and virtually unknown.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 January 2004
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5178, Optical Modeling and Performance Predictions, (22 January 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.506252
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Ray Williamson, Ray Williamson Consuting (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5178:
Optical Modeling and Performance Predictions
Mark A. Kahan, Editor(s)

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