A typical objective lens can also introduce objectionable back reflections (or ghosts) into the interferometer, which can produce visible interference rings. This interference degrades, and can even mask, the quality of the measurements being made. The new lens eliminates this common problem. For each surface in the objective lens, the absolute value angle of incidence of the marginal rays is maintained above a minimal threshold for beam delivery. Angle of incidence control has the effect of producing highly divergent and out-of-focus reflections with low intensities at the entrance to the interferometer. The results are minimized ghosting and improved data quality.
This objective lens is suitable for any kind of testing or sensing using an interferometer when high spatial resolution is required, and is especially well suited for tests that include segmented optical components or large apertures.
This work was done by Gene Olczak of ITT Space Systems Division, LLC for Goddard Space Flight Center. For further information, contact the Goddard Innovative Partnerships Office at (301) 286-5810. GSC-15675-1