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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 7 — Apr. 1, 2006
  • pp: 903–905

Fourier transform ultraviolet–visible spectrometer based on a beam-folding technique

Robert K.Y. Chan, P. K. Lim, Xuzhu Wang, and M. H. Chan  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 7, pp. 903-905 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.000903


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Abstract

A beam-folding technique in optical interferometry, where the number of beam folds used can be very large, is reported. This technique can be used as a low-cost position-tracking method in a Fourier transform spectrometer (FTS) to cover the broad spectral range from UV to IR. The main advantage gained is the simple position-tracking algorithm used in sampling the interferogram. We have developed a UV–visible FTS, whose wavelength coverage is limited only by the optical elements ( 350 nm 1 μ m with off-the-shelf components). Preliminary results show that it can achieve a resolution of 4 cm 1 even with a ball-bearing translation stage.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(120.6200) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Spectrometers and spectroscopic instrumentation

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

History
Original Manuscript: November 3, 2005
Revised Manuscript: December 19, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: December 19, 2005

Citation
Robert K. Chan, P. K. Lim, Xuzhu Wang, and M. H. Chan, "Fourier transform ultraviolet-visible spectrometer based on a beam-folding technique," Opt. Lett. 31, 903-905 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-31-7-903

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