[2006] Use of computer generated holograms for alignment of complex null correctors

Zehnder, Rene, James H. Burge, and Chunyu Zhao. “Use of computer generated holograms for alignment of complex null correctors.” Optomechanical Technologies for Astronomy. Vol. 6273. SPIE, 2006.


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 art 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.

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