Accession Number : ADD015420

Title :   Interferometer With Two Phase-Conjugate Mirrors.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 21 Dec 90, patented 9 Jun 92,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Sica, Louis, Jr

Report Date : 09 Jun 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : In an interferometer apparatus used for monitoring an object surface, the apparatus having a source of coherent light, a beam splitter for dividing the coherent light into a reference beam and an object beam, another beam splitter for dividing the object beam into two separate portions, and a light detector for detecting light interference, comprising an externally-pumped phase-conjugate mirror working in conjunction with a self-pumped phase-conjugate mirror. The externally-pumped phase-conjugate mirror receives the reference beam, receives one portion of the object beam, and reflects the received portion of the object beam to the detector as a first phase-conjugate beam. The self-pumped phaseconjugate mirror receives a second portion of the object beam and reflects the received portion of the object beam to the detector as a second phase-conjugate beam. The first and second phase-conjugate beams interfere at the detector, and the interference produced thereby is representative of changes in longitudinal distance between the object surface irrespective of roughness and the phase-conjugate mirrors.

Descriptors :   *MIRRORS, *PATENTS, *OPTICAL INTERFEROMETERS, INTERFEROMETERS, LIGHT, MONITORING, PHASE, OPTICAL DETECTORS, SURFACE ROUGHNESS

Subject Categories : Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
      Optics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE