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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 29 — Oct. 10, 2011
  • pp: 5674–5687

Standing waves in fiber-optic interferometers

V. de Haan, R. Santbergen, M. Tijssen, and M. Zeman  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 29, pp. 5674-5687 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.50.005674


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Abstract

A study is presented giving the response of three types of fiber-optic interferometers by which a standing wave through an object is investigated. The three types are a Sagnac, Mach–Zehnder and Michelson–Morley interferometer. The response of the Mach–Zehnder interferometer is similar to the Sagnac interferometer. However, the Sagnac interferometer is much harder to study because of the fact that one input port and output port coincide. Further, the Mach–Zehnder interferometer has the advantage that the output ports are symmetric, reducing the systematic effects. Examples of standing wave light absorption in several simple objects are given. Attention is drawn to the influence of standing waves in fiber-optic interferometers with weak-absorbing layers incorporated. A method is described for how these can be theoretically analyzed and experimentally measured. Further experiments are needed for a thorough comparison between theory and experiment.

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OCIS Codes
(020.1670) Atomic and molecular physics : Coherent optical effects
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(350.7420) Other areas of optics : Waves

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

History
Original Manuscript: May 12, 2011
Revised Manuscript: July 21, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: July 21, 2011
Published: October 5, 2011

Citation
V. de Haan, R. Santbergen, M. Tijssen, and M. Zeman, "Standing waves in fiber-optic interferometers," Appl. Opt. 50, 5674-5687 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-50-29-5674


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