Hongwei, J., King, C. and Walker, D.D. (2010) Simulation and validation of a prototype swing arm profilometer for measuring extremely large telescope mirror-segments. Optics Express. ISSN 1094-4087

The Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) projects presuppose segmented primary mirrors. The metrology of the off-axis aspherical segments is particularly challenging in terms of global form, mid spatial frequencies and matching of the base-radius and conic constant. We propose to use a swing arm profilometer (SAP) to provide verification independent of interferometry. In this paper we present results of a simulation of the swing arm profilometer as applied to mirror segments, and experimental verification of the simulation using a prototype instrument.