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  • Received: Oct. 12, 2019

    Accepted: Nov. 26, 2019

    Posted: Apr. 1, 2020

    Published Online: Apr. 9, 2020

    The Author Email: Liang Zhouxin (, Li Mengwei (

    DOI: 10.3788/CJL202047.0410002

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    Zhouxin Liang, Mengwei Li, Rui Zhang, Li Jin, Chenguang Xin, Kunyang Xie, Hongbo Zhao. Diffraction Grating Displacement Sensor Based on Twyman-Green Interference[J]. Chinese Journal of Lasers, 2020, 47(4): 0410002

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Chinese Journal of Lasers, Vol. 47, Issue 4, 0410002 (2020)

Diffraction Grating Displacement Sensor Based on Twyman-Green Interference

Liang Zhouxin1,2,3,*, Li Mengwei1,2,**, Zhang Rui1,3, Jin Li1,2, Xin Chenguang1,2, Xie Kunyang1,3, and Zhao Hongbo1,2,3

Author Affiliations

  • 1Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research, North University of China, Taiyuan, Shanxi 0 30051, China
  • 2Science and Technology on Electronic Test & Measurement Laboratory, North University of China,Taiyuan, Shanxi 0 30051, China;
  • 3Engineering and Technology Research Center of Shanxi Provincial for Optical-Electric Information and Instrument,North University of China, Taiyuan, Shanxi 0 30051, China


In this work, by combining a polarization beam-splitter prism and a wave-plate, four sinusoidal signals with a phase difference of 90° were generated. The wave-plate was used for synchronous phase delay. The operation range of the diffraction grating displacement sensor was increased to one-half of the coherence length of the laser. By differentially processing two signals with a phase difference of 180°, it is possible to avoid the effects of the laser power stability, background light, and the temperature drift of the operational amplifier. Finally, an interpolation circuit was used to construct the arctangent function of the output signal to realize the nonlinear A/D conversion of the sinusoidal function and a displacement resolution of 2.54 nm. In the future, this type of high-resolution and large-range displacement sensor will promote the development of automation equipment, electronic manufacturing, and the industrial intelligence field.


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