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  • Vol. 26, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2001
  • pp: 1167–1169

Nulling interferometry by use of geometric phase

Naoshi Baba, Naoshi Murakami, and Tsuyoshi Ishigaki  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 26, Issue 15, pp. 1167-1169 (2001)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.26.001167


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Abstract

Nulling interferometry is a method of detecting a faint source near a bright one, in which destructive interference is realized for the light from the bright source. A nulling interferometer that makes use of geometric phase (Pancharatnam phase) is proposed. An experimental setup is constructed to simulate a stellar interferometer with geometric-phase modulation. We attained extinction of 6 × 10-5 in white light.

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OCIS Codes
(110.6770) Imaging systems : Telescopes
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(120.5060) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase modulation
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(350.1370) Other areas of optics : Berry's phase

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Naoshi Baba, Naoshi Murakami, and Tsuyoshi Ishigaki, "Nulling interferometry by use of geometric phase," Opt. Lett. 26, 1167-1169 (2001)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-26-15-1167


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