Abstract

We propose and demonstrate a novel technique for simultaneous measurement of the phase index, n<sub>p</sub> , the group index, n<sub>g</sub> , and the thickness, t , of transparent plates by use of a low-coherence interferometer. The output light from a superluminescent diode is focused upon the front plane of a transparent plate that is used as the sample. The sample stage is subsequently moved until the light is focused upon the rear plane of the plate. Measurement of the stage movement distance and the corresponding optical path difference allows us to determine both n<sub>p</sub> and n<sub>g</sub> . By placing the sample between two glass plates, we measured n<sub>p</sub> , n<sub>g</sub> , and t simultaneously, with an error of 0.3% or less, for nearly 1-mm-thick transparent plates, including glass and electro-optic crystals.

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Opt. Lett.

Other

M. Ohmi, T. Shiraishi, H. Tajiri, and M. Haruna, in Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors (Japanese Society of Applied Physics, Tokyo, 1996), p. 332.

M. Born and E. Wolf, Principles of Optics, 4th ed. (Pergamon, New York, 1970), Secs. 1.3.4 and 1.5.1.

For fused quartz and sapphire, see K. Kudo, Figures and Tables of the Basic Study of Spectroscopy (Kyoritsu-Shuppan, Tokyo, 1972), pp. 190 280 ; for LiNbO3 and LiTaO3, see C. J. G. Kirkby, Properties of Lithium Niobate (Institution of Electrical Engineers, London, 1989), Sec. 5.1; for BaCD14 and FD60 optical glass, see optical glass J9206–1A005D, in HOYA Catalog (HOYA, Tokyo, 1992).

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