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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2013
  • pp: 140–148

Axial resonance of periodic patterns by using a Fresnel biprism

Ana Doblas, Genaro Saavedra, Manuel Martinez-Corral, Juan C. Barreiro, Emilio Sanchez-Ortiga, and Anabel Llavador  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 30, Issue 1, pp. 140-148 (2013)

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This paper proposes a method for the generation of high-contrast localized sinusoidal fringes with spatially noncoherent illumination and relatively high light throughput. The method, somehow similar to the classical Lau effect, is based on the use of a Fresnel biprism. It has some advantages over previous methods for the noncoherent production of interference fringes. One is the flexibility of the method, which allows the control of the fringe period by means of a simple axial shift of the biprism. Second is the rapid axial fall-off in visibility around the high-contrast fringe planes. And third is the possibility of creating fringes with increasing or with constant period as the light beam propagates. Experimental verifications of the theoretical statements are also provided.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(050.1960) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction theory
(110.6760) Imaging systems : Talbot and self-imaging effects
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: August 7, 2012
Revised Manuscript: October 19, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: December 9, 2012
Published: January 1, 2013

Ana Doblas, Genaro Saavedra, Manuel Martinez-Corral, Juan C. Barreiro, Emilio Sanchez-Ortiga, and Anabel Llavador, "Axial resonance of periodic patterns by using a Fresnel biprism," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 30, 140-148 (2013)

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