Optical Engineering • Open AccessDisplacement sensor based on optical feedback interferometry in a GaN laser diode
We describe an optical displacement sensor based on optical feedback interferometry in a blue-light emitting GaN laser diode. Also presented are preliminary results from measuring variations in the optical path length (OPL) of an external cavity (EC) in the 0- to 240-nm range. These results show that, within the specified range, the sensor follows linearly the OPL variation of the EC. Moreover, the slope between a reference and the measured OPL is 1.0003, and the average deviation from the linear slope is 5 nm in this range. Finally, we also consider the stability of the interference signal in long-term measurements.