Abstract

The paper describes an interference refractometer for liquids and gases which operates automatically and reads out in digital or analog form. A compensating technique using white light is used for measurement. Zero adjustment is achieved by rotating the compensator and capturing the zero-order white light fringe by photoelectric means. Measurement of the path difference compensated by the compensator is based on electronic interpolation and counting of interference fringes by optointerferometric means, a time division multiplex technique with pulse amplitude modulation being used to obtain the electrical fringe signals.

© 1968 Optical Society of America

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