Abstract

A collimated transmission beam interferometer is used to measure the water motion provoked by the fish swimming through it. An indirect measurement of the fish motion impact in the water contained in a home-type aquarium is detected. Measurements of the whole aquarium are possible due to a large diameter collimated laser beam in the interferometer’s object arm. This beam goes through the aquarium, and any perturbation inside it deflects the collimated beam. The interferometer detects a phase difference, i.e., the beam through the disturbed water undergoes different optical paths. This optical phase change was first demonstrated by means of a simple test using spherical steel marbles placed in a cuvette. For this, the small water movements for a single steel marble are detected with the acquired optical phase. Next, the aquarium optical phase results show water movements according to the fishes’ size and swimming speed. It is worth mentioning that no additives were added to the aquarium’s fresh water during the tests, so the water was crystal clear.

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Visualization 1       This video shows the water motion inside the cuvette due to the optical phase.
Visualization 2       The optical phase changes time-lapse when the fishes swim.

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