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Optical Engineering

Multiple beam Michelson-based interferometer
Author(s): Julián D. Sánchez-de-la-Llave; Sabino Chávez-Cerda; Marcelino Anguiano-Morales; David Ramirez Martinez; Marcela Maribel Méndez-Otero; Marcelo D. Iturbe-Castillo
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Paper Abstract

We present a modification to the classic Michelson interferometer that allows the interference of multiple beams with equal amplitude. The proposed architecture presents the same advantages and simplicity as those of a classic Michelson interferometer. The basic unit of the device consists of a beamsplitter and two mirrors arranged as in a Michelson interferometer. To increase the number of interfering beams, the mirrors are replaced by a basic unit. In order to demonstrate the type of interference patterns that can be obtained, we present interferograms corresponding to three to eight interfering beams. The system can be used to optically induce photonic lattices.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 2009
PDF: 5 pages
Opt. Eng. 48(8) 085601 doi: 10.1117/1.3192784
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 48, Issue 8
Show Author Affiliations
Julián D. Sánchez-de-la-Llave, Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica (Mexico)
Sabino Chávez-Cerda, Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica (Mexico)
Marcelino Anguiano-Morales, Ctr. de Investigaciones en Óptica, A.C. (Mexico)
David Ramirez Martinez, Benemérita Univ. Autónoma de Puebla (Mexico)
Marcela Maribel Méndez-Otero, Benemérita Univ. Autónoma de Puebla (Mexico)
Marcelo D. Iturbe-Castillo, Benemérita Univ. Autónoma de Puebla (Mexico)

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