Abstract

We present a simple interferometric focal length measurement technique for measuring the focal length of positive and negative lenses using a lateral-shearing cyclic path optical configuration (CPOC) setup and polarization phase-shifting interferometry (PPSI). The technique requires an auxiliary lens, whose focal length need not be known accurately, for generating a focused point source at its focal plane. The focal point of the test lens is adjusted to be in the vicinity of the focus of the auxiliary lens. The radii of the resulting spherical wave fronts emerging from the test lens, due to the defocus, for two different longitudinal shifted positions of the test lens are measured using the lateral-shearing CPOC setup and PPSI. Focal length of the test lens is determined from the known longitudinal shift and from the measured radii of the spherical wave fronts. Results obtained for 200.0 mm convex and 100.0 mm concave test lenses are presented.

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