Abstract

A generalized study has been done of the transmission characteristics of a Fabry–Perot interferometer (FPI) illuminated by a Gaussian light beam impinging on it at normal and non-normal incidence. The theoretical approach is based on a plane-wave, angular-spectrum representation of both the incident Gaussian beam and the transmitted beam. Expressions are obtained for the FPI instrumental function and for the spatial distribution of the transmitted beam. Numerical results are presented for the FPI maximum transmission, effective finesse, and spectral displacement of the interference maximum.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

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