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Computer Modeling of Heterodyne Interferometer Errors



Lowell P. Howard, Jack A. Stone Jr.


A computer model and methodology for modeling optical mixing errors in heterodyne interferometers is presented. The model is based on the Jones calculus and uses a matrix formalism to eliminate simplifications and reduce assumptions in the model. The model is solved symbolically using computer software and it is shown that imbalances intensities in the two interferometer arms can cause significant optical mixing errors.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of American Society for Precision Engineering
Conference Dates
October 15-20, 1995
Conference Location
Austin, TX


heterodyne interferometer, Jones calculus, optical mixing errors, polarization mixing errors


Howard, L. and Stone, J. (1995), Computer Modeling of Heterodyne Interferometer Errors, Proceedings of American Society for Precision Engineering, Austin, TX (Accessed March 3, 2024)
Created January 1, 1995, Updated February 19, 2017