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Opt Express. 2010 Mar 1;18(5):5271-81. doi: 10.1364/OE.18.005271.

Measurement of influence function using swing arm profilometer and laser tracker.

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Institute of Optics and Electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, PO Box 350, Chengdu 610209, China.


We present a novel method to accurately measure 3D polishing influence functions by using a swing arm profilometer (SAP) and a laser tracker. The laser tracker is used to align the SAP and measure the parameters of the SAP setup before measuring the influence function. The instruments and the measurement method are described, together with measurement uncertainty analysis. An influence function deliberately produced with asymmetric form in order to create a challenging test is measured, and compared with that of a commercial 3D profilometer. The SAP result is 48.2 microm in PV, 7.271 mm(3) in volume. The 3D profilometer result is 48.4 microm in PV, 7.289 mm(3) in volume. The forms of the two results show excellent correlation. This gives confidence of the viability of the SAP method for larger influence functions out of range of the commercial instrument.

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