Spatial heterodyne spectroscopy at the Naval Research Laboratory.

Applied optics

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Englert CR, Harlander JM, Brown CM, Marr KD. Spatial heterodyne spectroscopy at the Naval Research Laboratory. Appl Opt. 2015;54(31):F158-63.
Spatial heterodyne spectroscopy (SHS) is based on traditional Michelson interferometry. However, instead of employing retro-reflectors in the interferometer arms, one or both of which are moving, it uses fixed, tilted diffraction gratings and an imaging detector to spatially sample the optical path differences. This concept allows high-resolution, high-throughput spectroscopy without moving interferometer parts, particularly suitable for problems that require compact, robust instrumentation. Here, we briefly review about 20 years of ground- and space-based SHS work performed at the U. S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), which started with a visit by Prof. Fred Roesler to NRL in 1993.