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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 33 — Nov. 20, 2010
  • pp: 6409–6415

Simulation method for interference fringe patterns in measuring gear tooth flanks by laser interferometry

Suping Fang, Leijie Wang, Masaharu Komori, and Aizoh Kubo  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 33, pp. 6409-6415 (2010)

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We present a ray-tracing-based method for simulation of interference fringe patterns (IFPs) for measuring gear tooth flanks with a two-path interferometer. This simulation method involves two steps. In the first step, the profile of an IFP is achieved by means of ray tracing within the object path of the interferometer. In the second step, the profile of an IFP is filled with interference fringes, according to a set of functions from an optical path length to a fringe gray level. To examine the correctness of this simulation method, simulations are performed for two spur involute gears, and the simulated IFPs are verified by experiments using the actual two-path interferometer built on an optical platform.

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OCIS Codes
(080.2720) Geometric optics : Mathematical methods (general)
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(120.4570) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical design of instruments
(220.4840) Optical design and fabrication : Testing

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: April 19, 2010
Revised Manuscript: July 28, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 5, 2010
Published: November 11, 2010

Suping Fang, Leijie Wang, Masaharu Komori, and Aizoh Kubo, "Simulation method for interference fringe patterns in measuring gear tooth flanks by laser interferometry," Appl. Opt. 49, 6409-6415 (2010)

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