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  • Vol. 38, Iss. 10 — Apr. 1, 1999
  • pp: 2014–2017

Stability improvements for an interferometer through study of spectral interference patterns

D. Narayana Rao and V. Nirmal Kumar  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 10, pp. 2014-2017 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.38.002014


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Abstract

Conventional Mach–Zehnder interferometer configuration is modified to enhance its stability from the vibrations. To study the effects of vibrations on the Mach–Zehnder interferometer, we used spectral interference fringes from a broadband nanosecond dye laser source. We observed an improvement in the stability of the interferometer by a factor of 3.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry

History
Original Manuscript: August 28, 1998
Revised Manuscript: December 4, 1998
Published: April 1, 1999

Citation
D. Narayana Rao and V. Nirmal Kumar, "Stability improvements for an interferometer through study of spectral interference patterns," Appl. Opt. 38, 2014-2017 (1999)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-38-10-2014


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