Abstract

A new Fourier transform imaging spectrometer based on a focal plane birefringent interferometer (FPBI) is presented. The FPBI, located in front of the detector, is capable of performing spectral imaging measurements. It mainly consists of a birefringent plate and a birefringent wedge. The ordinary and extraordinary rays—with an optical path difference—are split by the FPBI and interfere on the focal plane. The spectral image of the target can be acquired via scene scanning and spectral recovery. The principle of interferometric imaging of the FPBI is investigated, and verification experiments are then performed. The experiments indicate that the FPBI not only provides effective spectral imaging measurements, but also presents the advantages of being ultra-compact and lightweight. As a result, it can be effectively applied in situations such as outdoor surveillance and airborne remote sensing.

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