Simultaneous interferometric optical-figure characterizations for two optical elements in series: Proposition of an unconventional numerical integration scheme
Description: The article proposes a scheme to break a catch-22 loop in an optical-figure/wavefont measurement. For instance, to measure the tilt-independent optical-figure of a nominal optical flat at cryogenic temperatures, it requires a cryogenic dewar-window system for a Fizeau interferometer outside the dewar to see through. The issue is: how to calibrate in situ the window system using the yet-to-be-calibrated nominal optical flat, and vice versa, in only one cryogenic cooldown? The proposition includes: (a) interferometric phase-map measurements with the test piece slightly offset in different transverse directions, and (b) for synthesizing the 2-dimensional WDF, an unconventional numerical scheme starting with 1-dimensional bi-direction integration. The numerical scheme helps minimize the non-uniformity in integrated noise-power distribution that results from integrating data, and thus the associated uncorrelated random noise, from raw phase-maps. The numerical scheme represents a new concept specifically for integrating noise-carrying experimental data.
Date: March 20, 2006
Creator: Gwo, D
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