Document Type

Thesis

Date of Award

10-31-1993

Degree Name

Master of Science in Applied Physics - (M.S.)

Department

Physics

First Advisor

Ken K. Chin

Second Advisor

Karl D. Moeller

Third Advisor

John Charles Hensel

Abstract

A circular mirror interferometer named ring interferometer, which was designed by Dr. K.D. Moller, was built and set up for far-infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy. The ring interferometer has ten circular mirrors with the same area. By applying Fraunhofer diffraction theory, the calculation shows that the ring interferometer will have large diffraction angle range compared with lamellar grating interferometer which has rectangular mirrors with same width. Therefore the ring interferometer will be more efficient than lamellar grating in far-infrared spectroscopy. The experimental results show that this ring interferometer will work as expected.

In addition, a "home made" helium cooled detector was used in the experiment. A data acquisition and control system based on the WB-31 white box was also set-up and worked well. The Fourier transform spectroscopy was briefly reviewed in the thesis.

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