We present a robust method of phase unwrapping that was designed for use on noisy phase images with arbitrary fringe patterns. The method proceeds by first identifying distinct regions between fringe boundaries in an image and then phase shifting the regions with respect to one another by multiples of 2π to unwrap the phase. Image pixels are segmented between interfringe and fringe boundary areas by fitting a plane model using least squares to overlapping domains centered on all pixels. The method is tolerant of fringe gradient degradation caused by noise, filtering artifacts, and finite instrumentation bandwidth.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 7, 1995
Revised Manuscript: December 13, 1995
Published: July 1, 1996
Paul G. Charette and Ian W. Hunter, "Robust phase-unwrapping method for phase images with high noise content," Appl. Opt. 35, 3506-3513 (1996)