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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 9 — Mar. 20, 2011
  • pp: 1210–1219

Optimization of displacement-measuring quadrature interferometers considering the real properties of optical components

Tomaž Požar, Peter Gregorčič, and Janez Možina  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 9, pp. 1210-1219 (2011)

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We present the influence of alignment and the real properties of optical components on the performance of a two-detector homodyne displacement-measuring quadrature laser interferometer. An experimental method, based on the optimization of visibility and sensitivity, was established and theoretically described to assess the performance and stability of the interferometer. We show that the optimal performance of such interferometers is achieved with the iterative alignment procedure described.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(120.3930) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrological instrumentation
(120.4570) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical design of instruments
(230.1360) Optical devices : Beam splitters
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: November 5, 2010
Revised Manuscript: January 19, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: January 20, 2011
Published: March 10, 2011

Tomaž Požar, Peter Gregorčič, and Janez Možina, "Optimization of displacement-measuring quadrature interferometers considering the real properties of optical components," Appl. Opt. 50, 1210-1219 (2011)

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