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  • Vol. 44, Iss. 19 — Jul. 1, 2005
  • pp: 3954–3962

High-speed dynamic speckle interferometry: phase errors due to intensity, velocity, and speckle decorrelation

Abundio Davila, Jonathan M. Huntley, Guillermo H. Kaufmann, and David Kerr  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 44, Issue 19, pp. 3954-3962 (2005)

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The recently developed technique of high-speed phase-shifting speckle interferometry combined with temporal phase unwrapping allows dynamic displacement fields to be measured, even for objects containing global discontinuities such as cracks or boundaries. However, when local speckle averaging is included, small phase errors introduced at each time step are accumulated along the time axis, yielding total phase values that depend strongly on the speckle rereference rate. We present an analysis of the errors introduced in the phase evaluation by three sources: intensity errors, velocity errors, and speckle decorrelation. These errors are analyzed when they act both independently and together, for the most commonly used phase-shifting algorithms, with computer-generated speckle patterns. It is shown that, in a controlled out-of-plane geometry, errors in the unwrapped phase map that are due to speckle decorrelation rise as the time between rereferencing events is increased, whereas those due to intensity and velocity errors are reduced. It is also shown that speckle decorrelation errors are typically more important than the intensity and velocity errors. These results provide guidance as to the optimal speckle rereferencing rate in practical applications of the technique.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.2650) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Fringe analysis
(120.4290) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Nondestructive testing
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(120.5060) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase modulation
(120.6160) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Speckle interferometry
(350.5030) Other areas of optics : Phase

Original Manuscript: October 12, 2004
Revised Manuscript: February 4, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: February 8, 2005
Published: July 1, 2005

Abundio Davila, Jonathan M. Huntley, Guillermo H. Kaufmann, and David Kerr, "High-speed dynamic speckle interferometry: phase errors due to intensity, velocity, and speckle decorrelation," Appl. Opt. 44, 3954-3962 (2005)

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