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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 17, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 1978
  • pp: 3500–3502

Spatial coherence of a ruby laser beam by interferometry

H. Madjidi-Zolbanine  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 17, Issue 21, pp. 3500-3502 (1978)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.17.003500


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Abstract

The importance of spatial coherence of a pulsed ruby laser beam is pointed out. The spatial and temporal coherences of light are defined. Spatial coherence of the beams from a ruby laser, operating in either the Q-switched or normal lasing modes, is deduced from the degree of visibility of fringes formed by a Michelson interferometer in which the laser beam interferes with itself after being rotated 180°. The results are physically and analytically interpreted.

© 1978 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: February 25, 1978
Published: November 1, 1978

Citation
H. Madjidi-Zolbanine, "Spatial coherence of a ruby laser beam by interferometry," Appl. Opt. 17, 3500-3502 (1978)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-17-21-3500

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