Basics of Interferometry


  • P. Hariharan, School of Physics, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Optical interferometry is used in communications, medical imaging, astonomy, and structural measurement. With the use of an interferometer engineers and scientists are able to complete surface inspections of micromachined surfaces and semiconductors. Medical technicians are able to give more consise diagnoses with the employ of interferometers in microscopy, spectroscopy, and coherent tomography.Originating from a one-day course, this material was expanded to serve as an introduction to the topic for engineers and scientists that have little optical knowledge but a need for more in their daily work lives. The need for interferometry knowledge has crossed the boundaries of engineering fields and Dr. Hariharan has written a book that answers the questions that new practitioners to interferometry have and haven't even thought of yet. This new edition includes complete updates of all material with an emphasis on applications. It also has new chapters on white-light microsopy and interference with single photons.
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Optical and photonic engineers, researchers, and students; communications engineers; MEMS engineers; biomedical engineers; astronomists; structural engineers


Book information

  • Published: October 2006
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-373589-8

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: IntroductionChapter 2: Interference: A PrimerChapter 3: Two-Beam InterferometersChapter 4: Source-Size and Spectral EffectsChapter 5: Multiple-Beam InterferenceChapter 6: The Laser as a Light SourceChapter 7: PhotodetectorsChapter 8: Measurements of LengthChapter 9: Optical TestingChapter 10: Digital TechniquesChapter 11: Macro- and Micro-InterferometryChapter 12: White-Light Interference MicroscopyChapter 13: Holographic and Speckle InterferometryChapter 14: Interferometric SensorsChapter 15: Interference SpectroscopyChapter 16: Fourier-Transform SpectroscopyChapter 17: Interference with Single PhotonsChapter 18: Building an InterferometerAppendix A: Monochromatic Light WavesAppendix B: Phase Shifts on ReflectionsAppendix C: DiffractionAppendix D: Polarized LightAppendix E: The Pancharatnam PhaseAppendix F: The Twyman-Green Interferometer: Initial AdjustmentAppendix G: The Mach-Zehnder Interferometer: Initial Adjustment