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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 1988
  • pp: 3561–3566

Absolute calibration of interferometric systems for detection and measurement of surface acoustic waves

James B. Spicer and James W. Wagner  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 27, Issue 16, pp. 3561-3566 (1988)

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A calibration method for interferometric systems is shown to produce a minimum wave amplitude to which these systems may be calibrated in the measurement of harmonic surface acoustic waves. The calibration limit is ~3 orders of magnitude larger than the theoretical detection limit. The method proposed allows experimental determination of the detection limit of these systems. The calibration of a fiber-optic heterodyne interferometer is demonstrated, and the experimentally derived detection limit for the interferometer is shown to be 5.5 × 10−5 m for unity detection bandwidth. This limit is obtained for a mirrored specimen with 0.14 mW of laser power incident on the optical detector.

© 1988 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: December 26, 1987
Published: August 15, 1988

James B. Spicer and James W. Wagner, "Absolute calibration of interferometric systems for detection and measurement of surface acoustic waves," Appl. Opt. 27, 3561-3566 (1988)

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