Abstract

A new low-coherence interferometric technique is proposed for measuring the group refractive indices of dispersive samples with high accuracy. A tandem configuration of interferometers is used to compensate for the asymmetrical distortion of interferograms that results from the broad spectrum of the light source. The group refractive index can be measured without knowledge of the geometrical thickness of the sample under test. The proposed technique can successfully measure even a thick sample. Computer calculations have shown the effectiveness of the proposed technique, which was verified by preliminary experiments; the difference between the experimental result and the catalog data was 7×10-4.

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

1998 (1)

1996 (3)

1991 (1)

Boucher, D.

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[CrossRef]

Ciddor, P. E.

Daimon, M.

Delbarre, H.

H. Delbarre, C. Przygodzki, M. Tassour, and D. Boucher, Appl. Phys. B 70, 45 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Diddams, S.

Diels, J.-C.

Flavin, D. A.

Fukano, T.

Haruna, M.

M. Haruna, M. Ohmi, T. Mitsuyama, H. Tajiri, H. Maruyama, and M. Hashimoto, Opt. Lett. 23, 966 (1998).
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Hashimoto, M.

Hopler, M. D.

Itadani, T.

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Kurata, T.

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Maruyama, H.

Masumura, A.

Mitsuyama, T.

Murphy, D. F.

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M. A. Khashan and A. Y. Nassif, Opt. Commun. 188, 129 (2001).
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Nishi, H.

T. Itadani, H. Nishi, T. Kurata, and M. Ohmi, M. Haruna, in Proceedings of 29th Meeting on Lightwave Sensing Technology, M. Haruna, ed. (Japan Society of Applied Physics, Tokyo, 2002; in Japanese), p. 119.

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Przygodzki, C.

H. Delbarre, C. Przygodzki, M. Tassour, and D. Boucher, Appl. Phys. B 70, 45 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Rogers, J. R.

Tajiri, H.

Tassour, M.

H. Delbarre, C. Przygodzki, M. Tassour, and D. Boucher, Appl. Phys. B 70, 45 (2000).
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Yamaguchi, I.

Appl. Opt. (4)

Appl. Phys. B (1)

H. Delbarre, C. Przygodzki, M. Tassour, and D. Boucher, Appl. Phys. B 70, 45 (2000).
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J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (1)

Opt. Commun. (1)

M. A. Khashan and A. Y. Nassif, Opt. Commun. 188, 129 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (2)

Other (2)

T. Itadani, H. Nishi, T. Kurata, and M. Ohmi, M. Haruna, in Proceedings of 29th Meeting on Lightwave Sensing Technology, M. Haruna, ed. (Japan Society of Applied Physics, Tokyo, 2002; in Japanese), p. 119.

http://www.ohara-inc.co.jp/b/b02/b0201op/b0201bsl/sbsl7e.htm.

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of the proposed method: Ss, samples; C1, C2, compensators; S1S3, mechanical shutters; PDs, photodetectors. (a) Optical paths used in the first step; (b) those used in the second step.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Experimental results. The interference fringe corresponds to (a) Eq. (1), (b) Eq. (2), and (c) Eq. (3).

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ngC1-ngaLC1-d1=ngS-ngaLS,
ngC2-ngaLC2-d2=ngC1LC1.
ngC2-ngaLC2-d3=ngSLS,
ngS=ngad2-d3/d2-d3+d1

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