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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 21 — Jul. 20, 2007
  • pp: 4541–4548

Real-time phase-front detector for heterodyne interferometers

Felipe Guzmán Cervantes, Gerhard Heinzel, Antonio F. García Marín, Vinzenz Wand, Frank Steier, Oliver Jennrich, and Karsten Danzmann  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 21, pp. 4541-4548 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.46.004541


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Abstract

We present a real-time differential phase-front detector sensitive to better than 3 mrad rms, which corresponds to a precision of approximately 500   pm . This detector performs a spatially resolving measurement of the phase front of a heterodyne interferometer, with heterodyne frequencies up to approximately 10 kHz. This instrument was developed as part of the research for the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna Technology Package interferometer and will assist in the manufacture of its flight model. Because of the advantages this instrument offers, it also has general applications in optical metrology.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.7350) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Wave-front sensing
(040.2840) Detectors : Heterodyne
(120.2650) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Fringe analysis
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping

ToC Category:
Detectors

History
Original Manuscript: December 11, 2006
Revised Manuscript: April 16, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: April 20, 2007
Published: July 6, 2007

Citation
Felipe Guzmán Cervantes, Gerhard Heinzel, Antonio F. García Marín, Vinzenz Wand, Frank Steier, Oliver Jennrich, and Karsten Danzmann, "Real-time phase-front detector for heterodyne interferometers," Appl. Opt. 46, 4541-4548 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-46-21-4541


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