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31 October 2016 Study of a grating interferometer with high optical subdivision technique
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Displacement laser interferometers and grating interferometers are two main apparatus for the micron-nanometer displacement measurement over a long range. However, the laser interferometers, whose measuring scale is based on the wavelength, are very sensitive to the environment. On the contrast, the grating interferometers change the measuring scale from wavelength to grating period, which is much stable for the measurement results. But the resolution of grating interferometer is usually lower than that of laser interferometer. Therefore, further investigation is needed to improve the performance of grating interferometer. As we known, the optical subdivision is a main factor that affects the measurement resolution. In this paper, a grating interferometer with high optical subdivision is presented based on the Littrow configuration. We mainly use right angle prisms accompanied with plane mirrors to make the measuring lights diffracted by the grating scale for many times. An optical subdivision factor of 1/24 can be obtained by this technique. A main difficulty of this technique is that the grating scale should be with high diffraction efficiency. Fortunately, the measuring light is incident on the grating scale at the Littrow angle, the grating scale can be designed with very high efficiency easily in this condition. Compared with traditional grating interferometers, this kind of grating interferometer can greatly increase the measuring resolution and accuracy, which could be widely used in nanometer-scale fabrications and measurements.
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Yancong Lu, Changhe Zhou, Shubin Li, Chunlong Wei, Minkang Li, Xiansong Xiang, Jili Deng, Changcheng Xiang, Wei Jia, Junjie Yu, Jin Wang, and Chao Li "Study of a grating interferometer with high optical subdivision technique", Proc. SPIE 10022, Holography, Diffractive Optics, and Applications VII, 1002214 (31 October 2016);

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