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Abstract Title: W43 - Modern Interferometry
Abstract: See interferometry in a new way with TeachSpin's Modern Interferometry set-up. Learn how to set up interferometers from scratch, using carefully-designed optical components on a standard optical table. Learn how to use Michelson, Sagnac, and Mach-Zehnder topologies. See how electrical detection of fringe signals allows digital counting of fringes and how a 'quadrature Michelson' will also permit successful reversible counting of fringes, up and down. Enjoy investigations in piezoelectric deformation, magnetostriction, electro-optic modulation, or other physical effects which show off the power of interferometric techniques.

Participants will:
-- Learn to align a Michelson interferometer, and see its operation
-- Add the optics and detectors needed for reversible fringe counting
-- Set up and align another interferometer geometry (Sagnac or Mach-Zehnder)
-- Learn how interferometry can measure some physical variables
Abstract Type: Workshop

Workshop Documents

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Workshop Document (2): Download the Workshop Document (2)

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: David Van Baak