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Quasi-parallel glass plate measurements using Fizeau interferometer
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Paper Abstract

The surface flatness of transparent plates is frequently tested in a conventional Fizeau interferometer. In case of quasiparallel plates, however, a common problem is the additional reflection from the plate rear surface. Unwanted parasitic intensity distribution modulates the two-beam interferogram of the plate front surface and makes the application of phase methods for automatic fringe pattern analysis inefficient. On the other hand parasitic fringes contain the information on the light double passage through the plate (i.e., optical thickness variations). Several methods to suppress unwanted fringe modulations are available. However, these methods require either modification of a sample or sophisticated equipment and complicated data analysis. In this paper we present our proposal of processing the three-beam interferograms obtained in a Fizeau interferometer when testing quasi-parallel optical plates. The modulation distribution of acquired pattern encodes the information of the plate optical thickness variations, whereas the phase distribution contains the information about the sum of profiles of both surfaces (uniform refractive index distribution is assumed). Both maps can be derived using a combination of different interferogram analysis techniques such as Temporal or Spatial Carrier Phase Shifting and Vortex Transform. As the result separate information about both surfaces from a single measurement can be obtained.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 November 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7141, 16th Polish-Slovak-Czech Optical Conference on Wave and Quantum Aspects of Contemporary Optics, 71410S (20 November 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.822373
Show Author Affiliations
Adam Styk, Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Krzysztof Patorski, Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7141:
16th Polish-Slovak-Czech Optical Conference on Wave and Quantum Aspects of Contemporary Optics
Agnieszka Popiolek-Masajada; Elzbieta Jankowska; Waclaw Urbanczyk, Editor(s)

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