Abstract

Data reduction in non-null tests is difficult due to the presence of retrace error. We propose a simple yet effective data reduction approach for aspheric testing in a non-null interferometer. The new approach gives figure error of the aspheric by just subtracting the theoretical wavefront and first-order errors from the real wavefront obtained in the non-null interferometer. Precise prediction of the theoretical wavefront can be achieved by accurate calibration of the partial compensation system. The approach can be considered a generalization of the traditional data processing method in null tests, and errors that may affect its accuracy are discussed. A set of experiments have been carried out to demonstrate its validity and feasibility.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

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