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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 16 — Jul. 30, 2012
  • pp: 17973–17986

Compact real-time birefringent imaging spectrometer

Michael W. Kudenov and Eustace L. Dereniak  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 16, pp. 17973-17986 (2012)

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The design and experimental demonstration of a snapshot hyperspectral imaging Fourier transform (SHIFT) spectrometer is presented. The sensor, which is based on a multiple-image FTS (MFTS), offers significant advantages over previous implementations using Michelson interferometers. Specifically, its use of birefringent interferometry creates a vibration insensitive and ultra-compact (15x15x10 mm3) common-path interferometer while offering rapid reconstruction rates through the graphics processing unit. The SHIFT spectrometer’s theory and experimental prototype are described in detail. Included are reconstruction and spectral calibration procedures, followed by the spectrometer’s validation using measurements of gas-discharge lamps. Lastly, outdoor measurements demonstrate the sensor’s ability to resolve spectral signatures in typical outdoor lighting and environmental conditions.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(300.6300) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, Fourier transforms
(110.4234) Imaging systems : Multispectral and hyperspectral imaging

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: April 12, 2012
Revised Manuscript: May 31, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 11, 2012
Published: July 23, 2012

Michael W. Kudenov and Eustace L. Dereniak, "Compact real-time birefringent imaging spectrometer," Opt. Express 20, 17973-17986 (2012)

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