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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 15 — Jul. 20, 2009
  • pp: 12379–12384

Unobtrusive interferometer tracking by path length oscillation for multidimensional spectroscopy

Kevin F. Lee, Adeline Bonvalet, Patrick Nuernberger, and Manuel Joffre  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 15, pp. 12379-12384 (2009)

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We track the path difference between interferometer arms with few-nanometer accuracy without adding optics to the beam path. We measure the interference of a helium-neon beam that copropagates through the interferometer with midinfrared pulses used for multidimensional spectroscopy. This can indicate motion, but not direction. By oscillating the path length of one arm with a mirror on a piezoelectric stack and monitoring the oscillations of the recombined helium-neon beam, the direction can be calculated, and the path delay can be continuously tracked.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(300.6240) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, coherent transient
(300.6300) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, Fourier transforms
(300.6340) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, infrared
(300.6420) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, nonlinear

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: May 26, 2009
Revised Manuscript: June 24, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 1, 2009
Published: July 7, 2009

Kevin F. Lee, Adeline Bonvalet, Patrick Nuernberger, and Manuel Joffre, "Unobtrusive interferometer tracking by path length oscillation for multidimensional spectroscopy," Opt. Express 17, 12379-12384 (2009)

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