Computer-controlled high-precision Michelson wavemeter
Centre de Saint Jérôme, Case C21, Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS, PIIM, UMR 7345, 13397, Marseille Cedex 20, France
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Revised: 17 July 2014
Accepted: 20 August 2014
Published online: 30 September 2014
The Michelson wavemeter is a popular instrument in many experiments where the high-precision measurement of a cw laser wavelength is required. In this paper, we describe a simple and inexpensive way to obtain high-precision measurements with this classical physicist’s tool. We exploit the time stamp provided by the high-frequency clock present in modern data acquisition cards to measure the fractional uncertainty of the interference signal. The resulting relative uncertainty value for our current set-up is of the order of 10−8 and can be potentially improved by a factor of 100.
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