Optical testing using Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensors

J. E. Greivenkamp, D. G. Smith, R. O. Gappinger, G. A. Williby

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The basic problem associated with aspheric testing without the use of null optics is to obtain increased measurement range while maintaining the required measurement accuracy. Typically, the introduction of a custom-designed and fabricated null corrector has allowed the problem of aspheric testing to be reduced to that of spherical testing. Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensors have been used for adaptive optics, but have seen little application in optical metrology. We will discuss the use of a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor as a means of directly testing wavefronts with large aspheric departures. The Shack-Hartmann sensor provides interesting tradeoffs between measurement range, accuracy and spatial resolution. We will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor over more conventional metrology tests. The implementation of a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor for aspheric testing will be shown.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)260-263
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2001
EventOptical Engineering for Sensing and Nanotechnology (ICOSN 2001) - Yokohama, Japan
Duration: Jun 6 2001Jun 8 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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