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  • Vol. 12, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 1995
  • pp: 124–131

Ray-based simulation of an optical interferometer

Nigel G. Douglas, Andrew R. Jones, and Frans J. van Hoesel  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 12, Issue 1, pp. 124-131 (1995)

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We present the problem of generating a computer simulation for optical interferometers. Of the several methods in use to simulate optical systems, none seems adequate to describe the image formed by interference between beams encountering a real system of lenses, mirrors, and gratings. We have developed a ray-tracing software package that can be applied to complex systems and used to generate realistic interference patterns, even from extended sources, without simplifying assumptions. We present results of a simulated nonscanning interferometer with coherent summation at a discrete-element detector. No coherence theory is added a priori; instead, the major results are shown to be verified numerically.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: January 10, 1994
Revised Manuscript: August 10, 1994
Manuscript Accepted: August 10, 1994
Published: January 1, 1995

Nigel G. Douglas, Andrew R. Jones, and Frans J. van Hoesel, "Ray-based simulation of an optical interferometer," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 12, 124-131 (1995)

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