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  • Vol. 65, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 1975
  • pp: 817–824

Visual Fourier-transform spectroscopy with a single crystal plate

Bruce H. Billings  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 65, Issue 7, pp. 817-824 (1975)

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This paper shows how a single Z-cut plate of a uniaxial crystal can be used as a two-beam interferometer or Fourier-transform spectrometer. As a visual device, it permits easy identification of a set of achromatic fringes that can be seen in any two-beam interferometer when a white-light source is observed through it. These fringes apparently have not been described previously. They are expected when we understand that the white-light fringe pattern is in fact the Fourier transform of the spectral-sensitivity curve of the eye.

Bruce H. Billings, "Visual Fourier-transform spectroscopy with a single crystal plate," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 65, 817-824 (1975)

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