Abstract

We demonstrate that in a sensor based on a multichannel Young interferometer, the phase information obtained for different pairs of channels can be used to correct the long-term instability (drift) due to temperature differences between measuring and reference channels, the drift in the alignment of the setup, etc. Experiments show that the nature of a major part of the drift is such that the drift present in one of the channels can be determined by interpolation of the drift measured in the two adjacent channels. It is shown that a drift reduction of 10 times can be achieved as compared with the situation in which no correction is applied. We anticipate that these findings will permit the exploitation of the extreme sensitivity of interference-based sensors to a much greater extent.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

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