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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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 ...
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How could you match the phase of two waves?

Imagine the Mach-Zehnder interferometer with split beams of a laser guided in a way that would result in constructive interference in one direction and destructive interference in the remaining ...
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How does localization affect interferometry?

A classic setup (I suppose it's classic) in introductory quantum mechanics has a single photon passing through a double slitted grating. Directly across each slit of the grating is a device that can ...
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How to measure thickness of an ultra-thin metal layer?

I have a sample of a metal (aluminum/oxide) layer with a gradual thickness ranging from monolayer to 100nm. This layer is deposited on a transparent substrate, like glass. How can I measure this ...
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Mach-Zehnder Interferometer: two output interference pattern question

I have drawn diagram so not to confuse. So far, I've heard that in Mach-Zehnder interferometer, two output should have one constructive interference, and one destructive interference for other. ...
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Literature on interferometry

I am looking for a good book/notes etc. about interferometry. I need detailed information about optical as well as atom interferometers with strong emphasize on quantum version for high precision ...
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A ray matrix of tilted beam splitter in a Mach-Zehnder interferometer

What does a ray matrix ABCD correspond to a plane tilted beam splitter (BS) in the Mach-Zehnder interferometer? Thank You!
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How can laser interferomerty be used to measure path difference smaller than wavelength of laser light?

The currently proposed Gravitational wave detection apparatus consists of Michelson Interferometer which is supposed to measure distances of the order of $10^{-22}$m. But the wavelength of the light ...
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Do stars produce spatially coherent light? Why?

If I understand correctly, the existance of astronomical interferometry implies coherence of light produces by stars. The temporal coherence can probably be achieved by wavelength filters. But what ...
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Role of BEC in atom interferometry

What is the major advantage of using Bose-Einstein condensate in atom interferometry compared with other sources of atoms? Detectors measure population difference in two arms of the interferometer. I ...
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Explanation of Michelson Interferometer Fringe Shift

I have been working on an experiment where 2 glass microscope slides are pinched together at one end (so that there is a "wedge" of air between them) and placed in the path of a laser in one leg of a ...
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What is the intensity distribution behind the first beam splitter on an observation screen at the same distance like behind the second beam splitter?

Mach-Zehnder interferometer has been used, among other things, to measure phase shifts between the two beams caused by a sample or a change in length of one of the paths. My simple question is: What ...
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Mach-Zehnder interferometry wave functions

Consider the set up below: I have read that in the apparatus the wavefunction is given by: $$|\psi \rangle=e^{i\theta}|c \rangle +i |b \rangle$$ where $\theta$ is the phase added by the phase ...
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How accurately do Airy discs need to be superimposed in an optical interferometer to create fringes?

In an astronomical optical interferometer, what is the largest amount of error in the alignment of the Airy disks of point source star images from different arms of the interferometer that will still ...
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How to interpret single photon interference when the two possible paths are different in length?

Here is my question. I struggle with the definition of single photon interference. Let’s assume we have a Michelson interferometer and the interference pattern we observe is a single photon result, ...
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Could laser speckle patterns be used in diagnosing vision defects?

At the London Science Museum some years back, I saw a device which projected a laser speckle pattern and had a sign explaining that it would appear stationary for people whose eyes were correctly ...
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SU(3) interferometry with qutrits

It is well known that a two-mode interferometer can be described in terms of $SU(2)$ group Smerzi. I wonder if something symilar exists for three mode interferometer and qutrit states ? Not only ...
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Non resonant modes in cavity

I have a simple question. Suppose we have a laser with a cavity such that the frequency of the light that the laser emits does not match with any longitudinal modes allowed by the cavity. In ...
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Classical and semi-classical vs quantum interferometry

What is the difference between classical, semi-classical and quantum interferometry? How the detectors look like? As far as I know in classical interferometry light is treated as a wave, whereas in ...
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Michelson interferometry - is a compensator plate necessary?

I am studying the Michelson interferometer shown in figure 2 (similar design shown below) of the AMRITA vlabs tutorial. There it is stated that Since the reflecting surface of the beam splitter ...
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What prevents Digital interferometry in an optical telescope array?

I understand it is common to combine an array of radio telescopes in to a single instrument using interferometry. This has the photon collecting area of the combined radio telescopes but an aperture ...
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Coherence length requirement for interference

One property of light sources that is usually stated, which is of particular importance when trying to create interference fringes, is the coherence length (or coherence time). The equation for the ...
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Interferometers and Earth's motion relative to the Aether

Why was the Michelson and not the Fabry-Perot interferometer used to detect the motion of Earth relative to the Aether? Maybe the Fabry-Perot was used but we all know that the most famous experiment ...
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A problem regarding the Elitzur-Vaidman bomb tester

To quote wikipedia Step-by-step explanation After being emitted, the photon 'probability' wave will both pass through the first 50% reflecting mirror (take the lower-route) and be reflected ...
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Splitting a light wave

What I want to ask is what would happen if you split a single light ray (a photon) into two using a half silvered mirror? Would the emerging light rays have half the amplitude as the original one or ...
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Relativistic Doppler Effect and the Sagnac effect

What I think I know about the Sagnac effect can be found here. It occurs to me that the equations for calculating the time do not take the Doppler effect into account. I'm familiar with the very ...
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Optical interferometers resolution

I found this interesting list of optical interferometers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_astronomical_interferometers_at_visible_and_infrared_wavelengths But I can't understand which is the ...
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How to shift a laser wavelength?

Recently I have read something about the laser surface velocimeter, and after I have to rebuild from scratch (university project), I got a question: In the description they wrote that one of the laser ...
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Interferometer problem about periodic fringe patterns [closed]

Please,kindly help me; my teacher assigned me problem set, and she never went over anything about interferometers in class. Also, there is almost no information about about how to solve interferometer ...
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Polarizing beam splitters for X-rays?

What is the lower bound for the wavelength concerning polarizing beam splitters? Especially I ask for interferometer experiments with single photons. Of course I know that they exist for all ...
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Is that a result of thin-film interference?

Several years ago, I was laying on my bed and had a CD shaped transparent plastic disk (which was covering a 100 CD stack), basically a transparent CD. I don't know why but I took my phone and took a ...
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Bandpass of diffraction grating - exit slit width?

I'm supposed to derive a relation for the range of wavelengths that's being transmitted by a spectrometer (bandpass) in terms of the dispersion, focal length and exit slit width. Given grating is ...
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Fabry Perot Etalon - changing wavelength and plate distance

Given reflectivity $R = 0.75$, an etalon is used as an interference filter, transmitting light of wavelength $4.3\mu m$ at normal incidence. The full width half maximum is about $\Delta \lambda = 0.2 ...
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Calculating the coherence length from a spectrum

I have measured the spectrum of the LED in my interferometry set-up, and now I want to calculate the coherence length from it. A commonly found formula is $l_{coh} = \frac{c}{\Delta f}$, sometimes ...
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Rotation speed measurment

Could anyone please explain with simply how we can measure the rotation speed of an object using the Sagnac Interferometer ?
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Alma correlator for visible light and for space based telescopes?

I was shocked to see that one can simulate interferometry on a computer like the ALMA Correlator described by this video (posted on Wikipedia's article on ALMA) Is is possible to do the same in ...
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What type of interferometry set up do I need to image a small structure at a distance?

Please forgive me, optics isn't my forte. I'm trying to work out how to image the surface structure of an object at a distance. Considerations are: Monochromatic light- it must be imaged in the ...
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How can I easily explain interference to a tour group?

I'm looking for unique and illustrative ways to explain the phenomenon of interference to a tour group consisting of all types of people, from elementary school kids to adults. I run into this ...
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Pattern in the Michelson Interferometer

I have a question about the Michelson Interferometer with spherical waves: I know that the pattern produced by this kind of waves is a pattern of concentric circles. But what I'm not sure is how the ...
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Can alimentary packaging film be used to make a Fabry-Perot interferometer?

An alimentary packaging film consists on a thin plastic layer. If we put two of this films one on the other, could this acts as a Fabry-Perot interferometer? (I don't have the appropriate material at ...
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Finesse of an Fabry-Pérot interferometer

during an undergrad experiment we have to estimate the finesse of an Fabry-Pérot interferometer. The reflectance $R$ is given so the theoretical value can be calculated by $\mathcal{F} = ...
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Questions about Michelson interferometer

I have been doing experiment on Michelson experiment, but I don't quite understand why white light results in an interferogram with very few fringes, and why are they necessarily Gaussian? I know that ...
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Source of beating phenomena of a Michelson interferometer?

I was discussing the reason why we see beating from a Michelson interferometer, and one of my friend said it 's because the light have different frequencies, therefore, they would be out of phase. ...