Abstract

A different setup of the Mach–Zehnder interferometer for testing the convergent wave front is described. A Shack cube is used to replace a traditional recollimator and a parallel-plate beam splitter. An equivalent pupil model has been suggested that describes the point diffraction mechanism. The calibration procedures for the Mach–Zehnder interferometer are described. The Shack-cube beam splitter has the advantages of compactness and better reference-beam quality compared with the recollimator and the parallel-plate beam splitter.

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