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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 2006
  • pp: 2864–2866

Mode-locked ring lasers for the backscattering measurement of mirrors

M. Navarro, O. Chalus, and J.-C. Diels  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 19, pp. 2864-2866 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.002864


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Abstract

A new method for measuring the backscattering produced by mirrors is presented. A mode-locked ring laser allows us to achieve more sensitivity than with any other technique. The present sensitivity to a minimum intensity backscattering coefficient (ratio of backscattered versus incident intensity) of 10 15 can be enhanced through stabilization. We compare results realized with this technique with results issued from classical bidirectional reflectance distribution function measurements.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5820) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Scattering measurements
(290.1350) Scattering : Backscattering

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

History
Original Manuscript: June 23, 2006
Revised Manuscript: July 20, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: July 22, 2006
Published: September 11, 2006

Citation
M. Navarro, O. Chalus, and J.-C. Diels, "Mode-locked ring lasers for the backscattering measurement of mirrors," Opt. Lett. 31, 2864-2866 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-31-19-2864


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