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  • Editor: C. Martijin de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 7 — Mar. 28, 2011
  • pp: 6549–6562

Long distance measurement with femtosecond pulses using a dispersive interferometer

M. Cui, M. G. Zeitouny, N. Bhattacharya, S. A. van den Berg, and H. P. Urbach  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 7, pp. 6549-6562 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.006549


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Abstract

We experimentally demonstrate long distance measurements with a femtosecond frequency comb laser using dispersive interferometry. The distance is derived from the unwrapped spectral phase of the dispersed interferometer output and the repetition frequency of the laser. For an interferometer length of 50 m this approach has been compared to an independent phase counting laser interferometer. The obtained mutual agreement is better than 1.5 μm (3 × 10−8), with a statistical averaging of less than 200 nm. Our experiments demonstrate that dispersive interferometry with a frequency comb laser is a powerful method for accurate and non-incremental measurement of long distances.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

History
Original Manuscript: November 23, 2010
Revised Manuscript: December 24, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: January 18, 2011
Published: March 23, 2011

Citation
M. Cui, M. G. Zeitouny, N. Bhattacharya, S. A. van den Berg, and H. P. Urbach, "Long distance measurement with femtosecond pulses using a dispersive interferometer," Opt. Express 19, 6549-6562 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-7-6549


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