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  • Vol. 18, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 1993
  • pp: 1884–1886

Characteristics of synthesized light sources for white-light interferometric systems

D. N. Wang, Y. N. Ning, K. T. V. Grattan, A. W. Palmer, and K. Weir  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 18, Issue 22, pp. 1884-1886 (1993)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.18.001884


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Abstract

Results of a study on the use of synthesized light sources in white-light interferometry are presented. The optimum wavelength combination with a pair of multimode laser diodes used to generate a synthetic wavelength source was simulated theoretically and verified experimentally. Using the best wavelength combination, we found that the lowest signal-to-noise ratio required by the system was 18.1 dB in theory and 22.1 dB from experiment. The relationships between the wavelengths of the two diodes used, their coherence lengths, and the signal-to-noise ratio required by the system are shown and discussed.

© 1993 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: May 18, 1993
Published: November 15, 1993

Citation
D. N. Wang, Y. N. Ning, K. T. V. Grattan, A. W. Palmer, and K. Weir, "Characteristics of synthesized light sources for white-light interferometric systems," Opt. Lett. 18, 1884-1886 (1993)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-18-22-1884

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