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Instantaneous phase-shift point-diffraction interferometer
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Paper Abstract

We demonstrate a phase-shifting, point diffraction interferometer that achieves high accuracy and is capable of measuring a single pulse of light. The measurement system utilizes a polarizing point diffraction plate to generate a synthetic reference beam that is orthogonally polarized to the transmitted test beam. The plate has very high polarization contrast, works over an extremely broad angular and spectral range, and is only 100 nanometers thick. The unique features of the polarizing element make the system amenable to measuring strongly convergent light from high numerical aperture optics without the need to use a point reference source to calibrate the system. Results of measuring optics with numerical apertures as high as NA 0.8 are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 August 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5531, Interferometry XII: Techniques and Analysis, (2 August 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.560959
Show Author Affiliations
James E. Millerd, 4D Technology Corp. (United States)
Neal J. Brock, 4D Technology Corp. (United States)
John B. Hayes, 4D Technology Corp. (United States)
James C. Wyant, 4D Technology Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5531:
Interferometry XII: Techniques and Analysis
Katherine Creath; Joanna Schmit, Editor(s)

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