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22 April 2009 MWIR and LWIR wavefront sensing with quadri-wave lateral shearing interferometry
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We present the application of Quadri-Wave Lateral Shearing Interferometry (QWLSI), a wave front sensing technique, to characterize optical beams at infrared wavelengths from 2 to 16μm with a single instrument. This technique can be used to quantify the quality of optical systems (like thermal infrared lenses) by measuring their aberrations. It can also evaluate laser sources in the infrared range like some gas lasers (HeNe laser or CO2 laser), infrared Optical Parametric Oscillator laser sources or Quantum Cascade Laser sources. In all cases, QWLSI offers the crucial advantage that it yields an analyzed wave front without the use of a reference arm and consequent time consuming alignment. In this paper, we first present the single interferometer which can be used with wavelength within 2 and 16μm, covering this way the MWIR (λ within 3 and 5μm) and LWIR (λ within 8 and 14μm) ranges. We then present the characterization of two gas lasers: an infrared HeNe lasers (λ=3.39μm) and a CO2 laser (λ=10.6μm) with this instrument. We finally show the experimental analysis of an infrared lens at two different wavelengths, one in the MWIR range (λ=3.39μm) and the other in the LWIR range (λ=10.6μm). λ
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Sabrina Velghe, Djamel Brahmi, William Boucher, Benoit Wattellier, Nicolas Guérineau, Riad Haïdar, and Jérôme Primot "MWIR and LWIR wavefront sensing with quadri-wave lateral shearing interferometry", Proc. SPIE 7300, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XX, 73000T (22 April 2009);

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