Novel spectral imaging method for Fizeau interferometer

Taro Matsuo, H. Shibai, M. Kawada, M. Hattori, S. I. Ohta, H. Matsuo

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionpeer-review


There are two different types of beam combination: Fizeau interferometer and Michelson interferometer. Pupil plane beam combination is referred as Fizeau interferometer. On the other hand, image plane beam combination is referred as Michelson interferometer. In general, working principles of Michelson interferometers are based on double Fourier interferometry. It is possible to acquire two-dimensional spatial and one-dimensional spectral information of the sky by applying a Fourier transform spectrometer algorithm and the Van Cittert-Zernike theorem. This imaging scheme is referred to as the double Fourier interferometry. On the other hand, it is so far thought to be difficult to perform the imaging with a Fizeau interferometer, because Fizeau interferometers basically don't have a delay line that is equipped with Michelson interferometers. Here, Matsuo et al.1 presented a new spectral imaging method for Fizeau interferometers, based on double Fourier interferometry. They noticed that a delay axis in Michelson interferometers is equal to the axis of a fringe pattern on an image plane in Fizeau interferometers. Therefore, this new approach can acquire three-dimensional information of the sky using a linear array detector placed on the image plane. In this paper, we compare the new spectral imaging method for Fizeau interferometer with the conventional one used for Michelson interferometer and discuss spectral resolutions and field of views of these imaging methods.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOptical and Infrared Interferometry
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventOptical and Infrared Interferometry - Marseille, France
Duration: 2008 Jun 232008 Jun 27

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferenceOptical and Infrared Interferometry


  • Double Fourier interferometry
  • Fizeau interferometer
  • Michelson interferometer


Dive into the research topics of 'Novel spectral imaging method for Fizeau interferometer'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this