Use of computer generated holograms for alignment of complex null correctors

Rene Zehnder, James H. Burge, Chunyu Zhao

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Large diameter, non-axisymmetric aspheric mirrors can be measured interferometrically using null correctors that employ computer generated holograms (CGHs). The testing of off axis segments for the new class of giant telescopes pose requirements that beyond the state of the an for CGHs alone. The long radius of curvature and the magnitude of the aspheric departure require other lenses and mirrors to be used along with the CGH. The alignment of these systems is very sensitive and the absolute accuracy of the alignment is critical to the system performance. We have developed techniques that use diffracted light from patterns on the CGH to accurately define the alignment of multi-element null correctors. We will present results from the null test of the 1.7-m New Solar Telescope primary mirror. The optical shape of this mirrors is an off-axis paraboloid from an f/0.7 parent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOptomechanical Technologies for Astronomy
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventOptomechanical Technologies for Astronomy - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: May 24 2006May 31 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume6273 II
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherOptomechanical Technologies for Astronomy
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL


  • Computer generated hologram
  • Null testing
  • Optical alignment

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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