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Imaging aberrations from null correctors
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Paper Abstract

To test an aspheric surface, usually a null lens is designed to create an aspheric wavefront that matches the surface. The null lens also relays the image of the surface under test to the interferometer. The effect of image distortion from the null lens is well known, and is accommodated by remapping the data. Imaging aberrations created by the null lens also affect the measurement by smoothing out wavefront errors which correspond to ripples in the surface. This leads to data that does not faithfully represent the surface. We characterize this smoothing using a measurement transfer function, which is analogous to the modulation transfer function used to quantify the performance of imaging systems. In this paper we present a technique and tools for predicting the transfer function for a null test.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 November 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6723, 3rd International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Optical Test and Measurement Technology and Equipment, 67230L (27 November 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.782920
Show Author Affiliations
Chunyu Zhao, College of Optical Sciences/The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
James H. Burge, College of Optical Sciences/The Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6723:
3rd International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Optical Test and Measurement Technology and Equipment
Junhua Pan; James C. Wyant; Hexin Wang, Editor(s)

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