Optical Interferometry, 2e

1st Edition

Authors: P. Hariharan
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123116307
eBook ISBN: 9780080473642
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 22nd September 2003
Page Count: 351
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When the first edition of "Optical Interferometry" was published, interferometry was regarded as a rather esoteric method of making measurements, largely confined to the laboratory. Today, however, besides its use in several fields of research, it has applications in fields as diverse as measurement of length and velocity, sensors for rotation, acceleration, vibration and electrical and magnetic fields, as well as in microscopy and nanotechnology.

Most topics are discussed first at a level accessible to anyone with a basic knowledge of physical optics, then a more detailed treatment of the topic is undertaken, and finally each topic is supplemented by a reference list of more than 1000 selected original publications in total.

Key Features

  • Historical development of interferometry
  • The laser as a light source
  • Two-beam interference
  • Techniques for frequency stabilization
  • Coherence
  • Electronic phase measurements
  • Multiple-beam interference
  • Quantum effects in optical interference
  • Extensive coverage of the applications of interferometry, such as measurements of length, optical testing, interference microscopy, interference spectroscopy, Fourier-transform spectroscopy, interferometric sensors, nonlinear interferometers, stellar interferometry, and studies of space-time and gravitation.


The primary market for the book would be scientists and engineers interested in precision measurements of a range of physical quantities in industry as well as researchers and students in universities.

A secondary market would be members of organizations such as the Optical Society of America, SPIE and IEEE who are interested in possible applications in their work.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Optical interferometry: its development
1.1 The wave theory of light 1.2 Michelson"s experiment 1.3 Measurement of the metre 1.4 Coherence 1.5 Interference filters 1.6 Interference spectroscopy 1.7 The development of the laser 1.8 Electronic techniques 1.9 Heterodyne techniques 1.10 Holographic interferometry 1.11 Speckle interferrometry 1.12 Stellar interferometry 1.13 Relativity and gravitational waves 1.14 Fiber interferometers 1.15 Nonlinear interferometers 1.16 Quantum effects 1.17 Future directions

Chapter 2 Two-beam interference
2.1 Complex representation of light waves 2.2 Interference of two monochromatic waves 2.3 Wavefront division 2.4 Amplitude division 2.4.1Interference in a plane-parallel plate 2.4.2Fizeau fringes 2.4.3Interference in a thin film 2.5 Localization of fringes 2.5.1Nonlocalized fringes 2.5.2Localized fringes 2.5.3Fringes in a plane-parallel plate 2.5.4Fringes in a thin film 2.6 Two-beam interferometers 2.7 The Michelson interferometer 2.7.1Nonlocalized fringes 2.7.2Fringes of equal inclination 2.7.3Fringes of equal thickness 2.8 The Mach-Zehnder interferometer 2.9 The Sagnac interferometer 2.10 Interference with white light 2.11Channeled spectra 2.12 Achromatic fringes 2.13 Interferential color photography

Chapter 3 Coherence
3.1 Quasi-monochromatic light 3.2 Waves and wave groups<BR


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About the Author

P. Hariharan

Professor P. Hariharan is a Research Fellow in the Division of Telecommunications and Industrial Physics of CSIRO in Sydney and a Visiting Professor at the University of Sydney. His main research interests are interferometry and holography. He is a Fellow of SPIE (The International Society for Optical Engineering), the Optical Society of America (OSA), the Institute of Physics, London, and the Royal Photographic Society. He was a vice-president and then the treasurer of the International Commission of Optics, as well as a director of SPIE. Honors he has received include OSA’s Joseph Fraunhofer Award, the Henderson Medal of the Royal Photographic Society, the Thomas Young Medal of the Institute of Physics, London, SPIE’s Dennis Gabor Award and, most recently, SPIE’s highest award, the Gold Medal.

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Physics, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia