High-Precision Surface Metrology of Mirrors

High-precision and accurate measurement of the shape of reflective optics is key for a variety of applications, including GW detection and space-based imaging.

In this honours project you will investigate the application of our Hartman wavefront sensor for characterising both single element and segmented mirrors.

This project may be done in collaboration with an external partner.

It may also include an investigation of “aperture stitching” for increasing the size of the mirror that can be measured – perhaps as a separate computational project.

This project is part of the research program within the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav), and includes research toward upgrading the sensitivity of the current generation of detectors, analysing data from those detectors and the development of technology for future detectors.

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