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Stitching of off-axis sub-aperture null measurements of an aspheric surface
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Paper Abstract

Optical testing of a large convex aspheric surface, such as the secondary of a Ritchey-Chretien telescope, can be performed with a Fizeau interferometer that utilizes subaperture aspheric reference plates, each providing a null test of a subaperture of the larger mirror. The subaperture data can be combined or stitched together to create a map of the full surface. The region of the secondary mirror surface under test in each sub-aperture is an off-axis segment of the parent aspheric surface, therefore, the Fizeau reference requires a non-axi-symmetric aspheric surface to match it. Misalignment of the Fizeau reference relative to the parent in each sub-aperture will then result in aberrations in the measurements other than the ordinary terms of piston and tilt. When stitching sub-aperture measurements together, the apparent aberrations due to the null lens misalignment need to be fitted and subtracted. This paper presents an algorithm to perform this particular type of stitching.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 August 2008
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7063, Interferometry XIV: Techniques and Analysis, 706316 (11 August 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.795094
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. 7063:
Interferometry XIV: Techniques and Analysis
Joanna Schmit; Katherine Creath; Catherine E. Towers, Editor(s)

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