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Optica Publishing Group
  • Journal of the Optical Society of Korea
  • Vol. 13,
  • Issue 4,
  • pp. 468-471
  • (2009)

Nondestructive Optical Measurement of Refractive-index Profile of Graded-index Lenses

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We propose a simple nondestructive method to obtain refractive-index profiles of a graded-index (GRIN) light-focusing rod by means of a diffraction grating. In our proposed method, a laser beam is illuminated through a diffraction grating perpendicular to the axis of the GRIN lens and the separation between the zeroth and first-order diffraction peaks is measured and analyzed. The results demonstrate that the refractive-index profiles of commercially available GRIN lenses can be successfully reconstructed.

© 2009 Optical Society of Korea

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