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Self-referencing Mach-Zehnder interferometer as a laser system diagnostic
Author(s): Mark Feldman; Daniel J. Mockler; R. Edward English; Jerry L. Byrd; J. Thaddeus Salmon
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Paper Abstract

We are incorporating a novel self-referencing Mach-Zehnder interferometer into a large scale laser system as a real time, interactive diagnostic tool for wavefront measurement. The instrument is capable of absolute wavefront measurements accurate to better than XIlOpv over a wavelength range > 300 nm without readjustment of the optical components. This performance is achieved through the design of both refractive optics and a catadioptric collimator to achromatize the Mach-Zehnder reference arm. Other features include polarization insensitivity through the use of low angles of incidence on all beamsplitters as well as an equal path length configuration that allows measurement of either broad-band or closely spaced laser-line sources. Instrument accuracy is periodically monitored in place by means of a thermally and mechanically stable wavefront reference source that is calibrated off-line with a phase conjugate interferometer. Video interferograms are analyzed using Fourier transform techniques on a computer that includes a dedicated array processor. Computer and video networks maintain distributed interferometers under the control of a single analysis computer with multiple user access.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1991
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1542, Active and Adaptive Optical Systems, (1 December 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.48832
Show Author Affiliations
Mark Feldman, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Daniel J. Mockler, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
R. Edward English, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Jerry L. Byrd, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
J. Thaddeus Salmon, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1542:
Active and Adaptive Optical Systems
Mark A. Ealey, Editor(s)

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