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  • Vol. 28, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 1989
  • pp: 1015–1017

Coherence length measured directly by holography

Ralph F. Wuerker, Jesper Munch, and Lee O. Heflinger  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 28, Issue 5, pp. 1015-1017 (1989)

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We present a holographic method for measuring directly the complete temporal coherence function of a pulsed laser on a single pulse. The method is easy to implement and yields the exact coherence length even for lasers with complex spectral content where the conventional method using a Fabry-Perot interferometer would fail.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: April 18, 1988
Published: March 1, 1989

Ralph F. Wuerker, Jesper Munch, and Lee O. Heflinger, "Coherence length measured directly by holography," Appl. Opt. 28, 1015-1017 (1989)

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  1. J. Munch, R. F. Wuerker, M. LeFebvre, “Experimental Investigation of the Effective Interaction Length for Optical Phase Conjugation by Stimulated Brillouin Scattering,” submitted to Appl. Opt.
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