Simple optical system for manufacturing point diffraction interferometer plates in titanium films using a low intensity CW laser beam
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- Aguilar, J.C., Aguilar, J.F. & Berriel-Valdos, L.R. OPT REV (2014) 21: 787. doi:10.1007/s10043-014-0129-3
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We propose an optical system for making pinholes in titanium films for applications in point diffraction interferometry. The optical system for fabrication is easy to implement and to align and, as a result of this, it is possible to obtain pinholes in the range of 1 to 8 μm of diameter. The technique is based on laser ablation and, since we use a green laser, the spot produced by the focus of the optical system can be observed. Also, the damage over the titanium film can be monitored with the aid of a microscope objective lens in real time. The new technique is described and the resulting plates with the pinholes are shown. A successful application of the plates in interferometry is presented as well.