A simple method of nulling broadband light is presented. A mirror-symmetric pair of right-angle periscopes is first used to introduce a geometric field flip between two incident light beams, after which the light is combined by means of one of a number of constructive two-beam interferometers. A reciprocal pair of beam-splitter passages provides for complete symmetry. Such an approach greatly eases beam-splitter design requirements and should find use both in initial ground-based nulling experiments and ultimately in space-borne interferometers targeted at direct extrasolar planet detection.
© 2001 Optical Society of America
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
Original Manuscript: September 26, 2000
Revised Manuscript: December 19, 2000
Published: April 1, 2001
E. Serabyn and M. M. Colavita, "Fully symmetric nulling beam combiners," Appl. Opt. 40, 1668-1671 (2001)