Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Optical Engineering

Issue

18

Publication Date

1-1-1979

First Page

403

Last Page

408

DOI

10.1117/12.7972395

Abstract

A method of using the SIMS (the Selective Modulation Interferometric Spectrometer) to measure the difference between the spectral content of two optical beams is given. The differ - encing is done optically; that is, the modulated detector signal is directly proportional to the difference between the two spectra being compared. This optical differencing minimizes the dynamic -range requirements of the electronics and requires only a simple modification of the basic cyclic SIMS spectrometer. This technique can be used to suppress background radiation for the enhancement of target detection and tracking. Laboratory measurements demonstrating the application of this technique are reported.

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