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  • Vol. 46, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 1956
  • pp: 950–952

Polarized Beam Interferometer

B. S. BLAISSE  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA, Vol. 46, Issue 11, pp. 950-952 (1956)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSA.46.000950


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Abstract

An interferometer is described in which the two interfering light beams follow the same geometrical path; they differ in their direction of polarization. The interferometer is used for the measurement of a difference in the optical path between the lengths of two etalons I and II, each bounded by reflecting or semireflecting surfaces. By using plane polarized light, in each etalon a quarter wavelength plate at 45° with the plane of polarization, and an analyzer in the 90° position, interference will result between a beam (12) reflected by the top semireflecting mirror of I and the opaque one at the bottom of II, and a beam (21) reflected by the bottom mirror of I and the top one of II. Beams of other combinations of reflections are extinguished.

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B. S. BLAISSE, "Polarized Beam Interferometer," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 46, 950-952 (1956)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josa/abstract.cfm?URI=josa-46-11-950

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