The Mach-Zehnder Interferometer reference design is part of the 3DOptix Interferometer design series. Interferometers use the property of interference between two optical beams to accurately measure various optical properties. 3DOptix provides an easy and precise design and building blocks with which to build such devices.
The Mach-Zehnder interferometer uses two beam-splitters, which are partially transmissive mirrors that divide an optical beam into two separate beams. One of the beam-splitters is used to split the optical beam and the other is used to recombine them. Usually, the optical path lengths of the two beams are not equal and often an external delay line is added to one path to control its length. The difference between the path lengths of the two arms affect the interference pattern and can be adjusted by accurately moving one of the mirrors.
Our reference designs include the 3DOptix building-blocks, which are based on the BreadBox™ platform and its modular and versatile optomechanical mounts and adaptors. 3DOptix devices are modular robust and can be easily reconfigured. Once the reference designs are assembled they can be moved around as a unit while maintaining the accuracy of the device.
With the following easy-to-use instruction manual and its associated instructional video, suited for optical elements of Ø1″/25mm, you can focus on experiments and not on alignments