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The design and construction of a Mach-Zehnder interferometer for use with the GALCIT Transonic Wind Tunnel

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Ashkenas, Harry I. (1950) The design and construction of a Mach-Zehnder interferometer for use with the GALCIT Transonic Wind Tunnel. Engineer's thesis, California Institute of Technology. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-04232008-154118

Abstract

A Mach-Zehnder Interferometer has been designed and constructed for use in conjunction with the GALCIT Transonic Wind Tunnel. The instrument is to be utilized in making detailed density measurements of supersonic air streams. The design of the instrument is such that, contrary to general wind tunnel practice, both light beams of the interferometer traverse the test section of the wind tunnel in an effort to minimize boundary layer corrections. A detailed description of the instrument is presented, as well as a “cook-book” adjustment procedure. A discussion of the limitations of the instrument is included.

Item Type:Thesis (Engineer's thesis)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Liepmann, Hans Wolfgang
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1950
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-04232008-154118
Persistent URL:http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-04232008-154118
Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:1483
Collection:CaltechTHESIS
Deposited By: Imported from ETD-db
Deposited On:25 Apr 2008
Last Modified:26 Dec 2012 02:38

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