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4 November 1982 Progress In Absolute Distance Interferometry
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This paper describes the results of recent research undertaken to examine the feasibility of employing laser interferametry to precisely measure absolute distance over extended ranges. Results are presented which show a resolution of 0.03 μm (RMS) for measurements over distances up to 10 meters. The technology developed for achieving these results is based on two-color, synthetic Michelson interferometry employing a new CO2 laser source. Indeed, the new laser is the key element in this process: it was specifically designed to sequentially switch between four sets of stable R- and P-line pairs and thereby provide a basis for forming simultaneous equations which were employed to greatly reduce the half wavelength ambiguity typical of single wavelength interferometers. Potential applications to future optical telescopes - particularly the large, multipanel telescopes under consideration for 10-15 years hence - their initial alignment and control, are suggested.
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C. W. Gillard and N. E. Buholz "Progress In Absolute Distance Interferometry", Proc. SPIE 0332, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes I, (4 November 1982);


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