Abstract

The effect of the phase change of light due to surface roughness on the precision measurement of length by interferometry is an important practical problem upon which only little work seems to have been done. This paper investigates the effect from a theoretical and experimental standpoint and shows that the phase loss due to surface roughness is a function of wavelength as well as a function of the amplitude and wave form of the roughness.

© 1959 Optical Society of America

Full Article  |  PDF Article
OSA Recommended Articles
Phase Changes on Reflection from Evaporated Chromium Films

C. Weaver, R. M. Hill, and J. E. S. Macleod
J. Opt. Soc. Am. 49(10) 992-997 (1959)

Mica Interference Filters with Transmission Bands of Very Narrow Half-Widths*

J. A. Dobrowolski
J. Opt. Soc. Am. 49(8) 794-806 (1959)

Triangular Path Macro-Interferometer

P. Hariharan and D. Sen
J. Opt. Soc. Am. 49(11) 1105-1105 (1959)

References

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Cited By

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Figures (2)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Figure files are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Tables (1)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article tables are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Equations (25)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Equations are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription