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  • Vol. 40, Iss. 34 — Dec. 1, 2001
  • pp: 6215–6222

Vibration-compensated interferometer for surface metrology

Chunyu Zhao and James H. Burge  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 40, Issue 34, pp. 6215-6222 (2001)

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An advanced interferometer was built for surface metrology in environments with severe vibration. This instrument uses active control to compensate for effects of vibration to allow surface measurement with high-resolution phase-shifting interferometry. A digital signal processor and high-speed phase control from an electro-optic modulator allows phase measurements at 4000 Hz. These measurements are fed back into a real-time servo in the digital signal processor that provides a vibration-corrected phase ramp for the surface measurements taken at video rates. Unlike fringe locking, which compensates vibration to keep the phase constant, we show a true phase servo that allows the phase to be stabilized while it is ramped, enabling surface measurements using phase-shifting interferometry that requires multiple images with controlled phase shifts.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(120.3930) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrological instrumentation
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(220.4830) Optical design and fabrication : Systems design

Original Manuscript: February 21, 2001
Revised Manuscript: July 30, 2001
Published: December 1, 2001

Chunyu Zhao and James H. Burge, "Vibration-compensated interferometer for surface metrology," Appl. Opt. 40, 6215-6222 (2001)

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