Abstract

Distortion can be introduced in null testing using computer-generated holograms for off-axis aspheres or freeforms with significant deviation. It leads to the failure of testing results to guide deterministic optical processing. In this paper, based on ray tracing and calibration marks applied to a mirror surface, a high-accuracy method is proposed to correct the distortion. The correction error is less than 1 mm. Second and fourth mirrors of a reflective telescope prototype with an F number of 6.5 and field of view of 76° are polished. In the process, distortion is corrected, and the position misalignment error is as small as 0.783 mm. For the sake of alignment, the two mirrors are fixed on a 790  mm×390  mm SiC substrate. The root-mean-square value of the mirror surface error is 0.0433λ (λ=0.6328  μm) after ion beam finishing.

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