Abstract

The effect of a relative velocity v between source and retardation plate is to create an additional retardation, δϕ, proportional to (v/c) (l/λ), where c is the velocity of light, l the plate thickness, and λ the wavelength of the light. The effect suggests a possible solution to the problem of mode locking in ring lasers and a method, of increasing sensitivity in a Sagnac polarization ring interferometer. The effect is compared with those sought unsuccessfully by Lord Rayleigh and Brace around 1900.

© 1973 Optical Society of America

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