Abstract

A phase-shifting laser diode interferometer that uses direct pulse modulation is proposed and demonstrated. We found that a laser beam with a wide range of wavelength variation at constant optical power could be generated when a pulsed current was injected into the laser diode. We constructed a highly accurate interferometer by using a pair of interferometers. Several experiments, such as observations of temporal interference signals and spatial interferograms, measurement of a concave mirror, and duplicate measurements, confirmed the characteristics of pulse modulation and demonstrated the effectiveness of our technique.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

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