Abstract

We present a description of a system for automatic alignment of optical interferometers. The technique relies on using differential phase modulation to permit the detection of the phase difference between two fundamental-mode Gaussian beams at the output of an interferometer. Measurements of the spatially varying phase difference between the two beams by use of one or more multielement photodiodes permits information to be derived about the mismatch in overlap between the phase fronts at the output of the interferometer.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

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