Lau fringes and subjective refraction

Avudainayagam, Chitralekha S., Avudainayagam, Kodikullam V., & Atchison, David A. (2002) Lau fringes and subjective refraction. Optics Letters, 27(7), pp. 476-478.


Lau fringes formed in the far field of a pair of gratings illuminated by spatially incoherent light are known to disappear when one grating is rotated slightly 63± with respect to the other. We observed that a cylindrical lens that was appropriately rotated could restore the high-contrast Lau fringes by bringing together the rays that are coherent with respect to each other. We have developed a new refractometer based on this phenomenon, the details of which are presented. Measurement of the cylinder power and axis of the human eye is possible with good accuracy and repeatability with this instrument.

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ID Code: 5469
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 1539-4794
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Optical Society of America
Deposited On: 20 Nov 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 07:15

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