We experimentally demonstrated that the technique to stabilize the output signal by harmonic intensities is useful in heterodyne detection with an incoherent light source such as a halogen lamp. The relation between the relative standard deviation of an output signal and the fluctuation of the light intensity is analyzed and simulated. Using the fundamental to sixth harmonics increases the stabilities of output signal approximately 3 times, and subtracting the relative standard deviation of the intensity of light source enhances the stabilities 49 times. The fluctuating phase that is due to the fluctuating frequency and temperature and its power spectrum density for an interferometer is also calculated with the Allan variance.
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(040.2840) Detectors : Heterodyne
(110.4500) Imaging systems : Optical coherence tomography
(120.1880) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Detection
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
Manabu Sato and Naohiro Tanno, "Stabilization by Harmonic Intensities for the Output Signal in Heterodyne Detection," Appl. Opt. 41, 2461-2469 (2002)