Abstract

A two-wavelength interferometer with a fractional fringe technique (the method of coincidence) has been constructed by using dual frequency-ramped laser diodes. The respective wavelengths of two optical phases were measured by the heterodyne technique. The detected two phases are employed with real-time electronic processing to produce two signals that correspond to the integer and the fractional fringe numbers at a single wavelength. These summed signals can yield a synthetic phase having a single-wavelength resolution. The upper limits for the measurement accuracy are theoretically analyzed.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

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