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Method for measuring the refractive index distribution of a GRIN lens with heterodyne interferometry
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Paper Abstract

Based on the Fresnel's equations and the heterodyne interferometry, an alternative method for measuring the refractive index distribution of a GRIN lens is presented. A light coming from the heterodyne light source passes through a quarterwave plate and is incident on the tested GRIN lens. The reflected light passes through an analyzer and an imaging lens; finally it enters a CMOS camera. The interference signals produced by the components of the s- and the p-polarizations are recorded and they are sent to a personal computer to be analyzed. In order to measure the absolute phases of the interference signals accurately, a special condition is chosen. Then, the interference signals become a group of periodic sinusoidal segments, and each segment has an initial phase ψ with the information of the refractive index. Consequently, the estimated data of ψ are substituted into the special equations derived from Fresnel's equations, and the refractive index distribution of the GRIN lens can be obtained. Because of its common-path optical configuration, this method has both merits of the common-path interferometry and the heterodyne interferometry. In addition, the phase can be measured without reference signals.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 June 2009
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7390, Modeling Aspects in Optical Metrology II, 73900G (17 June 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.827319
Show Author Affiliations
H. C. Hsieh, National Chiao Tung Univ. (Taiwan)
Y. L. Chen, National Chiao Tung Univ. (Taiwan)
W. T. Wu, National Chiao Tung Univ. (Taiwan)
D. C. Su, National Chiao Tung Univ. (Taiwan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7390:
Modeling Aspects in Optical Metrology II
Harald Bosse; Bernd Bodermann; Richard M. Silver, Editor(s)

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