13 August 2010 Compact snapshot birefringent imaging Fourier transform spectrometer
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The design and implementation of a compact multiple-image Fourier transform spectrometer (FTS) is presented. Based on the multiple-image FTS originally developed by A. Hirai, the presented device offers significant advantages over his original implementation. Namely, its birefringent nature results in a common-path interferometer which makes the spectrometer insensitive to vibration. Furthermore, it enables the potential of making the instrument ultra-compact, thereby improving the portability of the sensor. The theory of the birefringent FTS is provided, followed by details of its specific embodiment. A laboratory proof of concept of the sensor, designed and developed at the Optical Detection Lab, is also presented. Spectral measurements of laboratory sources are provided, including measurements of light-emitting diodes and gas-discharge lamps. These spectra are verified against a calibrated Ocean Optics USB2000 spectrometer. Other data were collected outdoors, demonstrating the sensor's ability to resolve spectral signatures in standard outdoor lighting and environmental conditions.
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Michael W. Kudenov, Eustace L. Dereniak, "Compact snapshot birefringent imaging Fourier transform spectrometer", Proc. SPIE 7812, Imaging Spectrometry XV, 781206 (13 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.864703; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.864703

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