# Tagged Questions

Interferometry is the name for a class of measurement techniques based on the interference of coherent optical fields or other electromagnetic radiation. Generally, Interferometric measurements are extremely accurate, but can be difficult to perform. Common uses for interferometry are optical ...

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### Distortion of interference pattern at LIGO

Does the vibration due to the earthquakes distort the interference pattern of LIGO's interferometer?
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### Physics of detection of coherent light in an incoherent background using the more compact Fabry Perot interfeometer?

I read University Of California Berkeley Professor J. Bokor's Chapter 7 course notes , shown below as an imgur image , on Temporal Coherence tonight. I am sending an email to Professor J. Bokor ...
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### What does phase shift represent in a Mach-Zehnder interferometer?

When describing the polarization of a photon, phase refers to the difference in the phases of the polarization components. E.g.: $|\psi\rangle$ = $|L\rangle$ + $i|R\rangle$ can be said to have a ...
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### Pound-Drever-Hall frequency stabilisation technique

I am having some difficulty understanding the Pound-Drever-Hall frequency stabilisation technique, when locking a laser to a stable cavity. As far as I understand: We emit the laser frequency, f0....
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### Large angle of incidence equation for the Fabry Perot interferometer

What is the large angle of incidence equation for the Fabry Perot interferometer operating in the visible light spectrum? Most optics textbooks only derive the small angle of incidence equation for ...
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### Why do LIGO use a quarter wavelength for detecting gravitational waves?

I have already researched into this and I am left slightly confused still. I have gathered that the use of a quarter wavelength is to turn a linearly polarised wave into a circularly polarised wave. ...
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### Measuring tides in a swimming pool

The tidal range of a perfectly fluid inertialess ocean on the Earth (taking into account lunar tides only) is approximately half a metre: this is the range between "high" and "low" points of an ...
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### Photons with half integer angular momentum - what's happening?

I have just read this article - what is happening? Analysing these beams within the theory of quantum mechanics they predicted that the angular momentum of the photon would be half-integer, and ...
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### How thermal noise is avoided in LIGO?

I think I have understood properly the principle of LIGO, however the sensitivity is around $10^{-18}~\rm m$ of accuracy of distortion. That looks pretty small... just starting with simpler phenomena, ...
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### How does LIGO reduce noise below what it is detecting? [duplicate]

LIGO is designed to detect changes in length on the order of 10,000ths the scale of a proton. I know they are extremely well isolated from their surroundings, but how could we even approach isolation ...
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### Why are the arms of the LIGO interferometer so long? [duplicate]

The LIGO experiment consists of two interferometers, where each one of them has two 4 km long arms. Within these, light is further trapped via Fabry-Pérot cavities to achieve a total path length of ...
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### How much time distortion was caused by GW150914?

I understand (at least I think I understand) that LIGO used distortion of space to detect GW150914 (one arm grew longer, the other arm grew shorter, causing interference in the returning laser-pulse ...
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### Orientation of the LIGO Arms

The orientation of the interferometer arms at both sites are approximately Northeast-Southwest and Nortwest-Southeast, though I assume that, on account of the Earth's curvature, no pair of arms is ...
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### LIGO discovery: if the space “time” metric is changed, how is it measured? [duplicate]

Regarding the wonderful 2016 news about gravitational waves. Travel time in one arm of the LIGO is ~ 30μs. A gravitational wave affects the arm for some few hundred of these laps. Then for example ...
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### Could discovered gravitational waves in fact be an aether wind? [duplicate]

Proving the existence of gravitational waves might revolutionise cosmology, but the method used by LIGO is quite similar to the famous Michelson-Morely interferometer built more than a hundred years ...
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### Could LIGO discovery be due to e.g. earthquakes or have a terrestrial source? [duplicate]

I mean, could it have been earthquakes or anything else?
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### How does light behave after experiencing fully destructive interference, as in an interferometer?

I'm thinking about a laser interferometer like the one used in LIGO. Here's the basic layout (from Wikipedia - Interferometry): My understanding is that the half of the light that is reflected by ...
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### How do large interferometers work?

In very large Michelson interferometer a such as LIGO, how can we keep the two light paths at the exact same distance in order to avoid any unwanted and noisy fringes shift? When I used to make ...
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### How did LIGO detect the source location of the black holes mentioned to be the cause of today's announcement?

Today LIGO announced discovery of Gravitational waves. What method was used to determine the source location of the waves?
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### Einstein's original papers predicting gravitational waves? [closed]

I came across the original handwritten papers in which Einstein predicted gravitational waves1: and since LIGO announced they've detected a signal confirming the predictions I was wondering if ...
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### How is LIGO so sensitive? [duplicate]

My understanding is that interferometers can detect distance changes on the order of the wavelength of light being used. LIGO uses 808 nm light but has a sensitivity of 10^-18 m. Where do those 11 ...
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### Loss of interference in single-photon Mach–Zehnder interferometer with detector in only one arm

I have read that if you have a Mach–Zehnder interferometer (doing a single-photon experiment) and put a non-destructive detector in only one of the two arms (connected to the first beam splitter), you ...
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### Isn't LIGO basically measuring the luminiferous aether?

I am bit confused about this one. I am not very acknowledgeable about gravitational waves and LIGO. But if it is basically a Michelson interferometer and can detect shifts in vacuum, doesn't this ...
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### How to sketch transmission of ht eMZI in frequency domain?

I enrolled in to Optics&Electronics class and this is my homework: There are 5 questions and they were understandable and familiar(Teached in class) but question 3 is something else! I am not ...
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### What is an Unbalanced Interferometer

I have read in some papers about a so-called unbalanced interferometer. This appears particularly in the context of Experimentally verifying the Englert-Greenberger-Yasin Duality Relation. However, I ...
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### Help to find a simple setup for optical surface topography

I'm looking for some help from someone expert in optics to create an inteferometry based setup to map the surface of a small object. This is for a small lab project so I'm not looking for a really ...
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### Interferometer based on atoms and gravitational field detection

I know that ultra cold atoms can be used to measure a gravitational field, but how does this work exactly. More specifically, I know that an interferometer based on atoms can be used to make very ...
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### Michelson–Morley experiment's aether; Why is the time gained from travelling downwind less than that lost travelling upwind?

From the Wikipedia article on the Michelson–Morley experiment, explaining one of the concepts behind the landmark experiment: "If the Earth is traveling through an aether medium, a beam reflecting ...