Abstract

In this paper, a new calibration method for accurate long focal-length measurements, based on Talbot interferometry, is presented. Error analysis is derived in detail by the numerical method, and an effective way to improve the accuracy is proposed. By this method, the systematic errors that are the main factors effecting accuracy are calibrated and reduced. Both simulation and experiments have been carried out to prove the effectiveness and advantages of the proposed method as compared to conventional approaches. The experimental results reveal that the relative error is lower than 0.02%, and the repeatability is better than 0.05%. This method is especially useful for measuring long focal-length lenses.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

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