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  • Vol. 70, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 1980
  • pp: 1320–1323

Interferometry using conjugate-wave generation

Frederic A. Hopf  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 70, Issue 11, pp. 1320-1323 (1980)

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Interferometers based on conjugate-wave generation using three- and four-wave mixing are described theoretically. They are shown to be self-referencing and sensitive to small changes in the phase front.

© 1980 Optical Society of America

Frederic A. Hopf, "Interferometry using conjugate-wave generation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 70, 1320-1323 (1980)

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