Abstract

A new type of a swinging interferometer, the carousel interferometer, is presented, and its properties are studied and compared with other swinging interferometers. The new interferometer is built with five plane mirrors. The optical path difference is accomplished by rotation of a system that consists of four mirrors. The modulation is almost independent of the scanning of the interferometer. It is not sensitive to external perturbations such as bending or other deformations of the mount. The construction is very compact. Because of its stability and low cost it is very applicable to small Fourier-transform spectrometers for any wave-number region from the far infrared down to the ultraviolet.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

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