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  • Vol. 40, Iss. 2 — Jan. 10, 2001
  • pp: 268–282

Optimal phase contrast in common-path interferometry

Jesper Glückstad and Paul C. Mogensen  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 40, Issue 2, pp. 268-282 (2001)

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We have developed an analytical model for the design and optimization of common-path interferometers (CPI’s) based on spatial filtering. We describe the mathematical analysis in detail and show how its application to the optimization of a range of different CPI’s results in the development of a graphical framework to characterize quantitatively CPI performance. A detailed analytical treatment of the effect of curvature in the synthetic reference wave is undertaken. We show that it is possible to improve the linearity and fringe accuracy of certain standard interferometers by a modification of the Fourier filter, and we propose and analyze a dual CPI system for the unambiguous mapping of phase to intensity over the complete input phase range.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(070.2580) Fourier optics and signal processing : Paraxial wave optics
(070.6110) Fourier optics and signal processing : Spatial filtering
(100.2650) Image processing : Fringe analysis
(100.5070) Image processing : Phase retrieval
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement

Original Manuscript: March 13, 2000
Revised Manuscript: September 11, 2000
Published: January 10, 2001

Jesper Glückstad and Paul C. Mogensen, "Optimal phase contrast in common-path interferometry," Appl. Opt. 40, 268-282 (2001)

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