Interferometer configurations—an overview

Strain, Kenneth A.
June 2000
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 523 Issue 1, p173
Academic Journal
The configuration of an interferometer, i.e., the disposition of the optical components which compose it, is chosen to provide sensitivity to a wide range of signals. Two basic configurations—Michelson and Sagnac interferometers—are described, as well as a range of advanced ‘extensions’ which improve performance. The main limitations to sensitivity are discussed and methods of pushing the limits in the future are introduced. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.


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