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Interferometrical testing of parabolic mirrors with diffracted spherical wavefront
Author(s): Lin Li
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Paper Abstract

Parabolic mirrors can be tested by means of diffraction-generated test beam technique. The parabolic mirror under test focuses the collimated laser beam from Fizeau digital interferometer. When a very small diffraction element is placed at the focal point, it diffracts the focused light and generates a spherical wave in the test arm. This spherical wave from the focus is reflected back to the interferometer by the parabolic mirror under test and services as a test beam. The optical path difference (OPD) between the test wavefront and a plane reference wavefront indicates the surface irregularity of the parabolic mirror in terms of interference fringes. There is no central hole in on-axis parabolic mirror testing. Experiments have been carried out to test high-precision parabolic mirror.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 September 2008
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7102, Optical Fabrication, Testing, and Metrology III, 71020X (25 September 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.797391
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Lin Li, Jabil Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7102:
Optical Fabrication, Testing, and Metrology III
Angela Duparré; Roland Geyl, Editor(s)

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