The Geometry Measuring Machine (GEMM) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a profilometer for free-form surfaces. A profile is reconstructed from local curvature of a test part surface, measured at several locations along a line. For profile measurements of free-form surfaces, methods based on local part curvature sensing have strong appeal. Unlike full-aperture interferometry they do not require customized null optics. The uncertainty of a reconstructed profile is critically dependent upon the uncertainty of the curvature measurement and on curvature sensor positioning. For an instrument of the GEMM type, we evaluate the measurement uncertainties for a curvature sensor based on a small aperture interferometer and then estimate the uncertainty in the reconstructed profile that can be achieved. In addition, profile measurements of a free-form mirror, made with GEMM, are compared with measurements using a long-trace profiler and subaperture-stitching interferometry.
Proceedings Title: SPIE - Optics and Photonics
Conference Dates: July 31-August 4, 2005
Conference Location: San Diego, CA
Conference Title: SPIE
Pub Type: Conferences
aspheric surface profile, profilometer, surface curvature