The advent of low-loss optical fibers in the early 1970s was a major event in the field of communications. Since then, material and fabrication technologies have progressed rapidly and, non-communications applications for fiber optics have become widespread. For example, optical-fiber components are routinely used in holography and holo-interferometry to realize significant improvements in stability, flexibility and accessibility. This paper reviews the history of the application of individual single- and multimode fiber-optic components to the manipulation of both object and reference beams, and the use of multimode fiber-optic image bundles for object-to-hologram wavefront transmission. The advantages and disadvantages of singlemode versus multimode fiber-optic components will be discussed, and techniques for improving the stability of multimode fiber-optic components will be presented. Tests conducted using singlemode fibers (SMF) as stable illuminators and a singlemode image transmitting (SIT) fiber-optic component for wavefront transmission between the object and the hologram will be described. Other techniques which rely on holographic/fiber optic recordings, such as radial metrology and real time moire interferometry, will also be discussed.
John A. Gilbert, John A. Gilbert,
"The uses of fiber optics to enhance and extend the capabilities of holographic interferometry", Proc. SPIE 10308, Holography, 1030807 (5 June 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.2283689; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2283689