Precision Interferometric Measurements In Non-ideal Environments
Precision optical components are essential for modern optics/photonics systems. Modern electronics, computers, and software have made it possible to greatly improve the fabrication and testing of optical components and optical systems and the resulting improvements in the new optical instruments and devices we use are evident. Once the data obtained testing an optical system is in the computer it is possible to do sophisticated computer analysis to determine what is wrong with the optical system and what needs to be done to correct the system, and how well the system will perform if it is not improved. It is now practical to test optical systems much better than the reference optics used in the optical test setup. Until recently, a major limitation of interferometry for precision metrology was the sensitivity to the environment. In recent years many techniques for performing high quality interferometric measurements in non-ideal environments have been developed and new techniques are being introduced all the time. This talk discusses some of the different techniques for reducing the effects of vibration and atmospheric turbulence on interferometric measurements. The application of these techniques for the measurement of surface vibration, the testing of optical components including large astronomical optics, and the measurement of deformations of diffuse structures will be described.
The NES/OSA election is now underway. NES/OSA members will be receiving ballots for next year's council members. The nomination committee has selected individuals for each council position but write-in candidates are welcome. If you would like to become more involved in the NES/OSA please contact any council member with your interest.
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The NES/OSA continues to support science fairs in Massachusetts with financial support and member participation. The Science fair season starts in early March with six regional fairs. Each regional fair received $200 to support overhead and prizes from NES/OSA. Participants from the regional fairs are eligible to participate in the statewide fairs held from May 2-4 for high school students and on June 1st for middle school students. NES/OSA donated $2000 to the statewide fairs with support from OSA though an Educational Outreach Grant. Members of the NES/OSA will provide Optics Demonstration at the two statewide fairs.
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