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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 3 — Jan. 30, 2012
  • pp: 2725–2732

Space position measurement using long-path heterodyne interferometer with optical frequency comb

Xiaonan Wang, Satoru Takahashi, Kiyoshi Takamasu, and Hirokazu Matsumoto  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 3, pp. 2725-2732 (2012)

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A heterodyne interference system was developed for position measurement. A stabilized optical-frequency comb is used as the laser source. The preliminary experiment to measure a distance of 22.478 m shows a drift of 1.6 μm in 20 minutes after the temperature compensation. Comparison and frequency shift experiments have been done for a distance of about 7.493 m. The experimental results show that the drift is mainly caused by environmental condition changes and the vibration of the table and floor also has some effects. It was verified that the absolute distance measurement can be realized by fringe scanning and frequency-shifting methods.

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OCIS Codes
(070.1060) Fourier optics and signal processing : Acousto-optical signal processing
(120.2830) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Height measurements
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(060.2840) Fiber optics and optical communications : Heterodyne

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: November 2, 2011
Revised Manuscript: December 23, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: January 3, 2012
Published: January 23, 2012

Xiaonan Wang, Satoru Takahashi, Kiyoshi Takamasu, and Hirokazu Matsumoto, "Space position measurement using long-path heterodyne interferometer with optical frequency comb," Opt. Express 20, 2725-2732 (2012)

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