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  • Vol. 23, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 1998
  • pp: 1078–1080

Phase-shifted laser feedback interferometry

Ben Ovryn and James H. Andrews  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 23, Issue 14, pp. 1078-1080 (1998)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.23.001078


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Abstract

We have introduced the techniques of phase-shifting interferometry into a laser feedback interference microscope based on a helium–neon laser. With moderate feedback, multiple reflections between the sample and the laser are shown to be negligible, and the interferometer responds sinusoidally with a well-characterized fringe modulation. One can obtain higher signal-to-noise ratios by determining the number of additional terms required for modeling the effect of multiple reflections on the phase and visibility measurements in the high-feedback regime. Changes in optical path length are determined with nanometer precision without phase averaging or lock-in detection.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(110.0180) Imaging systems : Microscopy
(110.6880) Imaging systems : Three-dimensional image acquisition
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(180.3170) Microscopy : Interference microscopy

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Ben Ovryn and James H. Andrews, "Phase-shifted laser feedback interferometry," Opt. Lett. 23, 1078-1080 (1998)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-23-14-1078

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