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Visualization of Surface Figure Using Zernike Polynomials



Christopher J. Evans, R E. Parks, P Sullivan, John S. Taylor


Commercial software in modern interferometers used in optical testing frequently fit the wave-front or surface-figure error to Zernike polynomials; typically 37 coefficients are provided. We provide visual representations of these data in a form that may help optical fabricators decide how to improve their process or how to optimize system assembly.
Applied Optics


interferometers, optical testing, power spectral density, Zernike polynomials


Evans, C. , Parks, R. , Sullivan, P. and Taylor, J. (1995), Visualization of Surface Figure Using Zernike Polynomials, Applied Optics (Accessed April 22, 2024)
Created November 30, 1995, Updated October 12, 2021