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Shear test of the off-axis surface with an axis-symmetric parent
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Paper Abstract

Interferometers with additional test optics are frequently used for measuring aspherical optical surfaces. In optical testing it is desirable to separate the figure measurement errors due to the test surface from figure errors that arise in the test equipment. For axially symmetric optics this is accomplished by rotating the surface being measured with respect to the test system. The data can then be processed to separate the non-axially symmetric errors that are fixed in the test system and those that rotate with the part. The axially symmetric errors cannot be distinguished with this technique. In this paper we present a variation of this technique for off-axis aspheric optics. The rotation is performed by rotating the test surface about the optical axis of its parent asphere, which may be outside the physical boundary of the test surface. As these rotations cannot be large, this motion is better described as a shear of the optical surface with respect to the test optics. By taking multiple measurements with different amounts of rotational shear and using maximum likelihood estimation methods, one can separate the errors in the test optics from the irregularity in the optical surface.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 2007
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6671, Optical Manufacturing and Testing VII, 66710R (14 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.731971
Show Author Affiliations
Peng Su, College of Optical Sciences/The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
James H. Burge, College of Optical Sciences/The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Jose Sasian, College of Optical Sciences/The Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6671:
Optical Manufacturing and Testing VII
James H. Burge; Oliver W. Faehnle; Ray Williamson, Editor(s)

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