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  • Vol. 4, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 1965
  • pp: 1386–1390

Transmission Characteristics of Fabry-Perot Interferometers and a Related Electrooptic Modulator

V. N. Del Piano, Jr. and A. F. Quesada  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 4, Issue 11, pp. 1386-1390 (1965)

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The effects of various types of imperfections on the transmission characteristics of a Fabry-Perot interferometer have been investigated experimentally. It was found that for light from a laser source, incident normally on an interferometer whose plates have a reflectivity in the neighborhood of 90%, angular misalignments as small as λ/25 could seriously degrade the peak value and half-width of the transmission curve. When an electrooptic crystal was added to make the interferometer function as a modulator, a further deterioration of performance was observed. The results were compared with theoretically derived transmission functions and found to be in satisfactory agreement.

© 1965 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: March 5, 1965
Published: November 1, 1965

V. N. Del Piano and A. F. Quesada, "Transmission Characteristics of Fabry-Perot Interferometers and a Related Electrooptic Modulator," Appl. Opt. 4, 1386-1390 (1965)

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