Abstract

This paper shows how a single <i>Z</i>-cut plate of a uniaxial crystal can be used as a two-beam interferometer or Fourier-transform spectrometer. As a visual device, it permits easy identification of a set of achromatic fringes that can be seen in any two-beam interferometer when a white-light source is observed through it. These fringes apparently have not been described previously. They are expected when we understand that the white-light fringe pattern is in fact the Fourier transform of the spectral-sensitivity curve of the eye.

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Billings, B. H.

B. H. Billings, J. Phys. (Paris) 28, Suppl. 3–4, C2-205 (1967).

Hardy, A. C.

A. C. Hardy and F. H. Perrin, Principles of Optics (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1932).

Jenkins, F. A.

F. A. Jenkins and H. E. White, Fundamentals of Physical Optics (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1937).

Kubota, H.

H. Kubota, Proc. Jpn. Acad. 36, 418 (1960).

MacAdam, D. L.

D. L. MacAdam, in American Institute of Physics Handbook, 2nd ed. (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1963), p. 6–140.

D. L. MacAdam, in American Institute of Physics Handbook, 3rd ed. (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1972), p. 6–183.

Perrin, F. H.

A. C. Hardy and F. H. Perrin, Principles of Optics (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1932).

Strong, J. D.

J. D. Strong, Concepts of Classical Optics (Freeman, San Francisco, 1958).

White, H. E.

F. A. Jenkins and H. E. White, Fundamentals of Physical Optics (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1937).

Other

B. H. Billings, J. Phys. (Paris) 28, Suppl. 3–4, C2-205 (1967).

J. D. Strong, Concepts of Classical Optics (Freeman, San Francisco, 1958).

F. A. Jenkins and H. E. White, Fundamentals of Physical Optics (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1937).

D. L. MacAdam, in American Institute of Physics Handbook, 2nd ed. (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1963), p. 6–140.

A. C. Hardy and F. H. Perrin, Principles of Optics (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1932).

D. L. MacAdam, in American Institute of Physics Handbook, 3rd ed. (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1972), p. 6–183.

H. Kubota, Proc. Jpn. Acad. 36, 418 (1960).

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