Abstract

Measurements of lens parameters such as focal length, radius of curvature, and refractive index are important. We describe a measurement method that utilizes a Michelson interferometer to determine parameters of thin, convex lenses. The real fringe system formed by a Michelson interferometer is used to determine the focal lengths and the radii of curvature of the lenses. The refractive index of the lens material is determined from the thin-lens formula. We were able to determine the refractive indices to an accuracy as great as 99.97%. A detailed theoretical and experimental analysis is given.

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R. P. Shukla and D. Malacara, "Some applications of the Murty interferometer: a review," Opt. Lasers Eng. 26, 1-42 (1997).
[CrossRef]

1996 (1)

C. S. Narayanamurthy, "Collimation testing using temporal coherence," Opt. Eng. 35, 1161-1164 (1996).
[CrossRef]

1990 (1)

1984 (1)

1983 (2)

R. S. Kasana and K. J. Rosenbrunch, "The use of a plane parallel plate for determining the lens' parameters," Opt. Commun. 46, 69-73 (1983).
[CrossRef]

R. S. Kasana and K. J. Rosenbrunch, "Determination of the refractive index of a lens using the Murty shearing interferometer," Appl. Opt. 22, 3526-3531 (1983).

1982 (1)

Boseck, S.

George, M. C.

Griot, Melles

Melles Griot, The Practical Application of Light, Melles Griot Catalogue for Optical Components, http://www.mellesgriot.com (2000).

Hecht, E.

E. Hecht, Optics (Addison-Wesley, 1998).

Kasana, R. S.

Malacara, D.

R. P. Shukla and D. Malacara, "Some applications of the Murty interferometer: a review," Opt. Lasers Eng. 26, 1-42 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Narayanamurthy, C. S.

C. S. Narayanamurthy, "Collimation testing using temporal coherence," Opt. Eng. 35, 1161-1164 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Perera, G. M.

Rosenbrunch, K. J.

Shukla, R. P.

Smith, G.

Venkateswaralu, P.

Appl. Opt. (4)

Opt. Commun. (1)

R. S. Kasana and K. J. Rosenbrunch, "The use of a plane parallel plate for determining the lens' parameters," Opt. Commun. 46, 69-73 (1983).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Eng. (1)

C. S. Narayanamurthy, "Collimation testing using temporal coherence," Opt. Eng. 35, 1161-1164 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lasers Eng. (1)

R. P. Shukla and D. Malacara, "Some applications of the Murty interferometer: a review," Opt. Lasers Eng. 26, 1-42 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Other (2)

Melles Griot, The Practical Application of Light, Melles Griot Catalogue for Optical Components, http://www.mellesgriot.com (2000).

E. Hecht, Optics (Addison-Wesley, 1998).

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