1 March 2005 Interferometric test of optical systems: effects of probe beam collimation errors
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Optical Engineering, 44(3), 035604 (2005). doi:10.1117/1.1874175
Abstract
The effects of probe beam residual power in interferometry are investigated. It is seen that residual power produces an asymmetry between the forward and backward beams that is scaled with f2#, i.e., the effect can be easily seen in very slow optical systems. Common methods to detect residual power are discussed, showing the effectiveness of lateral shear interferometry to carefully set the collimation of the probe beam. A device approaching the order of magnitude established by Rayleigh's quarter wavelength rule is demonstrated.
Maurizio M. V. Vannoni, Giuseppe Molesini, Alberto Righini, "Interferometric test of optical systems: effects of probe beam collimation errors," Optical Engineering 44(3), 035604 (1 March 2005). http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.1874175
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Collimation

Interferometry

Laser beam diagnostics

Interferometers

Optical testing

Optical engineering

Wavefronts

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