Phase unwrapping with the branch-cut method has been successfully used in many different applications in recent years. Most methods to set the branch cuts minimize the overall cut length. However, this technique fails in different cases, since this criterion is based mainly on statistical examinations. We show how the orientation and direction of the phase map help to create additional physical criteria that can be used to optimize the setting of the branch cuts. We show how these new criteria can be implemented into an energy function that will be minimized by a simulated annealing algorithm in order of a correct setting of the branch cuts. Finally, we present experimental results from electronic speckle pattern interferometry and digital holography phase maps.
© 2000 Optical Society of America
(100.5070) Image processing : Phase retrieval
(120.2650) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Fringe analysis
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
Bernd Gutmann and Herbert Weber, "Phase Unwrapping with the Branch-Cut Method: Role of Phase-Field Direction," Appl. Opt. 39, 4802-4816 (2000)