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Optical Engineering

The Shack Interferometer
Author(s): Roland V. Shack; George W. Hopkins
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes an unequal-path interferometer that requires only one precision component and that can be constructed as a compact and inexpensive instrument. Principles of operation are outlined, and requirements for optical components and alignment are investigated. An actual instrument and considerations for its design are described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 1979
PDF: 3 pages
Opt. Eng. 18(2) 182226 doi: 10.1117/12.7972355
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 18, Issue 2
Show Author Affiliations
Roland V. Shack, University of Arizona (United States)
George W. Hopkins, University of Arizona (United States)

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