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Sub-pixel spatial resolution interferometry with interlaced stitching
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we describe a growing need for an increase in the spatial resolution of interferometric surface measurements of precision optics and present a new method to address this need. An increase in the spatial resolution of interferometric surface measurements arises from evolving surface figure and micro-roughness specifications for higher quality optics, demand for larger optics, and recent advancements in deterministic polishing. These three topics will be discussed and their relationship to increased spatial resolution will be described. A solution to increase the spatial resolution using a process called "sub-pixel spatial resolution interferometry" will be presented. In this process, multiple interferometric measurements are made as the optic under test (or the CCD array) is shifted at sub-pixel increments. The measurements are then combined to construct a measurement with higher spatial resolution than the original measurements. Initial results obtained using this process with a commercially available Fizeau interferometer will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 August 2005
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5869, Optical Manufacturing and Testing VI, 58690Z (18 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.613446
Show Author Affiliations
James T. Mooney, Ctr. for Applied Optics, The Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
H. Philip Stahl, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5869:
Optical Manufacturing and Testing VI
H. Philip Stahl, Editor(s)

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