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  • Received: Jun. 14, 2013

    Accepted: --

    Posted: Jan. 1, 2014

    Published Online: Dec. 25, 2013

    The Author Email: Jiasheng Liao (

    DOI: 10.3788/aos201434.0123001

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    Liao Jiasheng, Gong Yan, Zhang Wei, Li Jing, Li Chuncai, Yao Changcheng, Min Lin. Beam Splitter with Two Fresnel Biprisms for Long Trace Profiler[J]. Acta Optica Sinica, 2014, 34(1): 123001

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Acta Optica Sinica, Vol. 34, Issue 1, 123001 (2014)

Beam Splitter with Two Fresnel Biprisms for Long Trace Profiler

Jiasheng Liao1,2,*, Yan Gong1, Wei Zhang1, Jing Li1,2, Chuncai Li1,2, Changcheng Yao1,2, and Lin Min1,2

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Beam splitter is one of the most important components in long trace profiler. A new beam splitter which is composed of two Fresnel biprisms is proposed. An incident beam is divided into two parallel exiting beams with a variable separation, equal-intensity and zero optical path difference. The characteristics of the Fresnel biprisms is described in detail. The amplitude pattern and intensity pattern of interference fringes made by two exiting beams in detector is analyzed and simulated. The result of analysis and simulation suggests that the Fresnel biprisms not only owns the same function of four existing equal amplitude-splitting beam splitters but also can obtain high accuracy. We comparing the performance of the Fresnel biprisms with four existing equal amplitude-splitting beam splitters, and the result states that the Fresnel biprisms simultaneously own many merits including simple structure, zero optical path difference and variable separation with the exiting beams and so on. It can be a substitute for the existing amplitude-splitting beam splitters.


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