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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 14 — May. 10, 2012
  • pp: 2693–2700

Optical throughput of the Sagnac interferometer with a modified large optical path difference

Chunmin Zhang, Jingjing Ai, and Peng Gao  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 14, pp. 2693-2700 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.51.002693


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Abstract

The basic principle of Sagnac interferometer with modified large optical path difference is expounded on in this paper. According to the Fresnel formula, electromagnetic field energy, and energy flux, the transmittance and reflectance of each interface of a Sagnac interferometer are calculated, respectively, and then the exact expressions of the optical throughput changing with the incident angle, the angle of the incident plane, and paper plane (the bottom plane of Sagnac interferometer) and Sagnac interferometer acute angles are given. Furthermore, we analyze the effects of various parameters on the optical throughput by computer simulation, and some important conclusions are obtained. This work is of great scientific significance to the static, real-time simultaneous detection of upper atmospheric wind field.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.6200) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Spectrometers and spectroscopic instrumentation
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(300.6190) Spectroscopy : Spectrometers

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

History
Original Manuscript: January 13, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 15, 2012
Published: May 10, 2012

Citation
Chunmin Zhang, Jingjing Ai, and Peng Gao, "Optical throughput of the Sagnac interferometer with a modified large optical path difference," Appl. Opt. 51, 2693-2700 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-51-14-2693

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