Abstract

A method for testing fast aspheric convex surfaces with dynamic null screens using LCDs is shown. A flat null screen is designed and displayed on an LCD monitor with drop-shaped spots in such a way that the image, which is formed by reflection on the test surface, becomes an exactly square array of circular spots if the surface is perfect. Any departure from this geometry is indicative of defects on the surface. Here the whole surface is tested at once. The position of the spots on the LCD can be changed in a dynamic way, to perform point-shifting of the image spots. The proposed procedure improves the dynamic point-shifting method. As has been shown previously, this process reduces the numerical error during the integration procedure, thereby improving the sensitivity of the test. The positioning accuracy for the screen spots is related to the LCD’s spatial resolution. Results of the evaluation of a parabolic convex surface with f/#=0.22 are shown.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

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