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  • Vol. 62, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 1972
  • pp: 938–945

All-Reflection Interferometer for Use as a Fourier-Transform Spectrometer

R. A. KRUGER, L. W. ANDERSON, and F. L. ROESLER  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 62, Issue 8, pp. 938-945 (1972)

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This paper describes the design and tests of an all-reflection two-beam interferometer. The unique feature of this interferometer is the use of a combination of three diffraction gratings as a beam splitter. The use of reflection-type diffraction gratings as a beam splitter eliminates the need for transmission elements and thereby extends the applicability of two-beam interferometry to regions of the electromagnetic spectrum such as the vacuum ultraviolet where transmitting beam splitters are not available. A preliminary type of grating beam splitter using a single grating is discussed, and its disadvantages are described. Finally, an interferometer that uses three gratings as a beam splitter and which can function as an all-reflection Fourier-transform spectrometer is described. Interferograms of simple spectra taken with this instrument are presented.

R. A. KRUGER, L. W. ANDERSON, and F. L. ROESLER, "All-Reflection Interferometer for Use as a Fourier-Transform Spectrometer," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 62, 938-945 (1972)

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