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Tandem interferometry used to measure the group dispersion of optical components
Author(s): R. Chlebus; P. Hlubina; D. Cyprian
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Paper Abstract

We present a simple white-light spectral-domain technique based on tandem interferometry that employs a low-resolution spectrometer for a direct measurement of the group dispersion of optical components over a wide wavelength range. The technique utilizes a tandem configuration of a Michelson interferometer and an unbalanced Mach-Zehnder interferometer with a component under test inserted into one arm and the other arm with adjustable path length. We resolve the spectral interference fringes when suitable path length diff;erence is adjusted in both interferometers. From the recorded spectral interference signals, the equalization wavelength is determined for which the overall group optical path difference between the beams is zero. By measurement of the equalization wavelength as a function of the path length difference adjusted in the Mach-Zehnder interferometer, the group dispersion of a glass sample is determined and agreement is confirmed with measurement using a Michelson interferometer only.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 November 2008
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7141, 16th Polish-Slovak-Czech Optical Conference on Wave and Quantum Aspects of Contemporary Optics, 71410V (20 November 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.822376
Show Author Affiliations
R. Chlebus, Technical Univ. Ostrava (Czech Republic)
P. Hlubina, Technical Univ. Ostrava (Czech Republic)
D. Cyprian, Technical Univ. Ostrava (Czech Republic)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7141:
16th Polish-Slovak-Czech Optical Conference on Wave and Quantum Aspects of Contemporary Optics
Agnieszka Popiolek-Masajada; Elzbieta Jankowska; Waclaw Urbanczyk, Editor(s)

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