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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 41, Iss. 10 — Apr. 1, 2002
  • pp: 2008–2014

Aspect Ratio of Elongated Polychromatic Far-Field Speckles of Continuous and Discrete Spectral Distribution with Respect to Surface Roughness Characterization

Peter Lehmann  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 10, pp. 2008-2014 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.41.002008


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Abstract

Here polychromatic speckle patterns generated either by a polychromatic light source that emits at discrete frequencies or by a light source showing a continuous narrow-band spectral distribution are studied. The purpose here is the application of polychromatic speckle-pattern analysis to an in-process surface roughness characterization. To compare the coherence properties of the different polychromatic light sources, first a modified definition of the coherence length is introduced. Furthermore, the relevant optical phenomena, namely, the speckle elongation caused by the angular dispersion and the roughness-dependent speckle decorrelation, are summarized. It is shown that light sources with a continuous spectral distribution have essential advantages in comparison with discrete wavelength sources. The theoretical results are confirmed by experimental investigations based on a digital algorithm for the evaluation of CCD images of polychromatic speckle patterns, which are recorded in the Fourier plane of a Fourier-transforming lens.

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OCIS Codes
(030.0030) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence and statistical optics
(030.5770) Coherence and statistical optics : Roughness
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(120.5820) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Scattering measurements
(120.6650) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Surface measurements, figure

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Peter Lehmann, "Aspect Ratio of Elongated Polychromatic Far-Field Speckles of Continuous and Discrete Spectral Distribution with Respect to Surface Roughness Characterization," Appl. Opt. 41, 2008-2014 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-41-10-2008

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