Abstract

A method for increasing the precision and sensitivity of the quantitative evaluation of fast aspheric surfaces through the null screen method is presented. This consists of applying small displacements to the cylindrical null screen along the optical axis. These movements allow a scan of the image spots over zones that with the analysis of a single image are more difficult to evaluate. The precision of the test is increased due to a greater density of sampling reducing the numerical errors during the integration. Results of the evaluation of an elliptical concave mirror on axis show that the numerical integration errors can be reduced from 20% for short paths to 80% for larger integration paths.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

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