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White-light interferometric spectral analysis for displacement sensing
Author(s): Adrian Gh. Podoleanu; Stephen R. Taplin; David J. Webb; David A. Jackson
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Paper Abstract

Channeled spectrum of an optical beam generated by a diode laser below threshold after traversing a two-beam interferometer is spectrally analyzed using a grating and a CCD linear array. The paper focuses attention to the Michelson interferometer for displacement sensing. Some particularities and results are presented for the case when the same technique has been applied for determining the widths of parallel sheets of transparent materials or the index of refraction of some liquids. With the present technique, displacement in the range 20 micrometers to 3.5 mm and index of refraction for some liquids were measured with less than 1% error. An analysis of the experimental error sources is made which shows that the ultimate accuracy may be considerably increased.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 March 1994
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2070, Fiber Optic and Laser Sensors XI, (9 March 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.169894
Show Author Affiliations
Adrian Gh. Podoleanu, Univ. of Kent (United Kingdom)
Stephen R. Taplin, Univ. of Kent (United Kingdom)
David J. Webb, Univ. of Kent (United Kingdom)
David A. Jackson, Univ. of Kent (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2070:
Fiber Optic and Laser Sensors XI
Ramon P. DePaula, Editor(s)

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