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Design of an interferometric system for piston measurements in segmented primary mirrors

Optical metrology
Sensofar Metrology 名誉主席,Sensofar Medical 总裁兼首席执行官,物理学博士 | Other articles

2001 年的 Sensofar 创始成员,2012 年的 Sensofar Medical 创始成员。
他在巴塞罗那理工学院 (UPC) 开启了学术生涯,BCN 光学工程教授,光子学硕士,CD6 的创始成员和前任主任(CD6 是隶属于 UPC 的技术创新中心,并被加泰罗尼亚政府认可为 TECNIO 网络成员)。
他是 150 多篇科学文献的作者,10 篇硕士和博士论文的导师,3 项国际家族专利的发明者,负责由国家和欧洲公共机构以及私营公司资助的 50 多个研究项目。
他还领导了“南欧光子学和光学集群”(SECPhO) 的创建,管理过一家专注于高科技投资的风险投资公司长达 14 年之久。


Recently, telescopes with segmented primary mirrors are becoming increasingly popular due to their ability of achieving large apertures without the inconveniences caused by the fabrication and handling of monolithic surfaces with 8m (or over) in diameter. The difference in position of each pair of adjacent segments along the local normal of their interface (called piston hereafter), however, needs to be precisely measured in order to provide a diffraction- limited image. If a system yielding the nanometric accuracy required in piston measurements worked in daylight hours, the resultant saving in observation time would be an important advance on a majority of the state-of-the-art piston measurement systems. An interferometric piston measurement instrument accomplishing such objectives has been designed starting from the usual Michelson configuration at the CD6 (Terrassa, Spain), and its final test has been carried out in the test workbench of the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC, Canary Islands, Spain). Its optical layout relies on projecting the reference arm of the interferometer onto one of the segments of the pair considered, along the direction of the local normal to the surface while the measurement arm is projected onto the interface which divides the pair of segments considered. The field of view and its illumination are calculated to be equivalent in both segments. The lateral shift of the fringes in both interferograms determines the piston error present. A combination of monochromatic and white light is used, in order to remove the (lambda) /2 phase ambiguities present in piston measurements without losing the required resolution in the measurement. In this paper, the optical design of this interferometric piston measurement instrument will be presented. The particular configuration used in the interferometer, the implementation of an imaging system allowing to see both the interface of the segments and the interference fringes, the effect of the extension of the source and the use of both monochromatic and whit light will be discussed. A detailed study of the wavefront errors embedded in the wavefront at different stages of the interferometer is performed. The analysis shows the validity of the design of the instrument, and some experimental results obtained at the test workbench are provided to demonstrate the ability of the instrument to perform nanometric piston measurements under daylight conditions.

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