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Ball diameter measuring instrument in a gauge block interferometer
Author(s): Gerard J. Kotte; Han Haitjema
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Paper Abstract

An instrument for the measurement of ball diameters in the 0.5-20 mm range in a gauge block interferometer is realized. The measurement principle is that the ball is positioned between an optical flat and a calibrated gauge block. The total length is measured in a gauge block relative to the optical flat and proper measurement of the deformations due to the measuring force. The parallelism is adjusted while viewing the interference patterns on the gauge block and the optical flat. The measuring force can be varied in the 0.03- 2.35 N range. The applied force is calibrated. Experiments show that commonly used formulas to calculate the ball indentation as a function of the applied force are approximately correct; this instrument however provides a direct means to measure this dependence and to apply a proper extrapolation to zero measuring force. The design is rather compact so it will fit in commonly used gauge block interferometers. The uncertainty which can be achieved is less than 0.1 micrometer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 September 1998
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3477, Recent Developments in Optical Gauge Block Metrology, (30 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.323097
Show Author Affiliations
Gerard J. Kotte, NMi Van Swinden Lab. (Netherlands)
Han Haitjema, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3477:
Recent Developments in Optical Gauge Block Metrology
Jennifer E. Decker; Nicholas Brown, Editor(s)

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