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  • Vol. 14, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 1975
  • pp: 1004–1012

Chirped Fourier Spectroscopy. 2: Theory of Resolution and Contrast

Thomas P. Sheahen  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 14, Issue 4, pp. 1004-1012 (1975)

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When applied to a Fourier spectrometer, chirping raises questions about the resolution and contrast of the device. A theory is presented to show how the nonlinear phase affects the instrument profile and resolution; the penalty for chirping a high resolution interferometer is much smaller than had been believed. An algorithm is presented for recovering contrast; it is shown that the fast Fourier transform is still usable, allowing realization of full contrast. Systems bearing a residual nonlinear phase dispersion (accidental chirping) can take advantage of this theory.

© 1975 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: August 19, 1974
Published: April 1, 1975

Thomas P. Sheahen, "Chirped Fourier Spectroscopy. 2: Theory of Resolution and Contrast," Appl. Opt. 14, 1004-1012 (1975)

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