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Simple method for the measurement of small wavelength differences by optical activity of cholesteric liquid crystal and heterodyne interferometer
Author(s): Jing-Heng Chen; Kun-Huang Chen; Jiun-You Lin; Hsiang-Yung Hsieh; Wei-Yao Chang
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Paper Abstract

In this study, the optical activity of cholesteric liquid crystal and common-path heterodyne interferometry are used in a simple measurement technique that was developed to measure small wavelength differences. A circularly polarized heterodyne light passes through a cholesteric liquid crystal cell and an analyzer. Consequently, an interference signal is generated. When the cholesteric liquid crystal cell is properly chosen at circular regime, it owns strongly optical activity. Accordingly, the phase difference between the s- and p-polarized components of the interference signal depends strongly on the wavelength. As the wavelength changed, a variation of the phase difference can be accurately detected by heterodyne interferometry. Substituting the variation of phase difference into specially derived equations, the wavelength variations can be estimated accurately. The feasibility of this method was demonstrated and this method provides the advantages of a simple structure, easy operations, rapid measurement, high stability, and high sensitivity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 June 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7389, Optical Measurement Systems for Industrial Inspection VI, 73892E (17 June 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.826846
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Jing-Heng Chen, Feng Chia Univ. (Taiwan)
Kun-Huang Chen, Feng Chia Univ. (Taiwan)
Jiun-You Lin, National Changua Univ. of Education (Taiwan)
Hsiang-Yung Hsieh, Feng Chia Univ. (Taiwan)
Wei-Yao Chang, Feng Chia Univ. (Taiwan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7389:
Optical Measurement Systems for Industrial Inspection VI
Peter H. Lehmann, Editor(s)

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