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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 23, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 2006
  • pp: 894–901

Colorimetric method for phase evaluation

Antonin Miks, Jiri Novak, and Pavel Novak  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 23, Issue 4, pp. 894-901 (2006)

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Measurements of very small phase changes in optical measurement techniques are usually performed with interferometric methods that are based on evaluation of interference patterns, which correspond to a phase change of the investigated wave field. If values of the phase change are small, it is difficult to determine accurately the phase values, and one needs very expensive measurement systems. We present a simple method for evaluation of small phase variations that uses the interference of polychromatic light. The phase change affects the color of the interference pattern, and the color of the interference pattern corresponds to a specific phase change that can be evaluated using colorimetric analysis. We describe and analyze our colorimetric phase evaluation method. The proposed method offers accurate results, and it may be suitable for practical utilization in the optical industry.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3940) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrology
(120.4610) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical fabrication
(120.4800) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical standards and testing
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(120.6650) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Surface measurements, figure
(330.1730) Vision, color, and visual optics : Colorimetry

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: May 27, 2005
Revised Manuscript: August 25, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: September 1, 2005

Antonin Miks, Jiri Novak, and Pavel Novak, "Colorimetric method for phase evaluation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 23, 894-901 (2006)

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