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2012 year, number 4

Reconfigurable Holographic Interferometer with Fixed Mirrors

S. L. Mikerin, V. D. Ugozhaev
Institute of Automation and Electrometry, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Keywords: two-beam interferometer, beam-splitting cube, holographic grating, convergence angle adjustment
Pages: 20-32


The configuration of a two-beam interferometer with fixed inclined mirrors for recording holographic gratings is described. The convergence angle of the partial beams is adjusted in the range from 0 to 180º by changing the angle of incidence of the primary beam on the entry edge of the beam-splitting cube without additional adjustment of the mirrors. The path lengths of the interfering beams are automatically aligned by the mirror symmetry of the system. The optimal kinematics of adjusting the convergence angle is found that allows working with beams of sufficiently large diameter in the whole range of adjustment. The interferometer is highly resistive to vibration due to lack of adjustment devices.