Abstract

We present a novel method using Nd:YVO4 laser with a waveplate in the external cavity to generate two orthogonally polarized signals with stable and adjustable phase difference. The phase difference is observed in the presence of external interference, and it is determined by the phase retardation of the waveplate. A model based on birefringent external-interference effect is proposed to theoretically explain the phase difference phenomenon, and the arithmetic solution of the relation between the phase difference and the phase retardation of waveplate is given. The simulated results accord with the experimental phenomena. This Letter provides the possibility for the measurement of phase retardation and also offers guidance to the design of interferometers based on fringe counting technique.

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