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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 13 — Jun. 18, 2012
  • pp: 13947–13957

Phase measurement using an optical vortex lattice produced with a three-beam interferometer

Samuel A. Eastwood, Alexis I. Bishop, Timothy C. Petersen, David M. Paganin, and Michael J. Morgan  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 13, pp. 13947-13957 (2012)

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A new phase-measurement technique is proposed, which utilizes a three-beam interferometer. Three-wave interference in the interferometer generates a uniform lattice of optical vortices, which is distorted by the presence of an object inserted in one arm of the interferometer. The transverse displacement of the vortices is proportional to the phase shift in the object wave. Tracking the vortices permits the phase of the object to be reconstructed. We demonstrate the method experimentally using a simple lens and a more complex object, namely the wing of a common house fly. Since the technique is implemented in real space, it is capable of reconstructing the phase locally.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(050.4865) Diffraction and gratings : Optical vortices
(100.5088) Image processing : Phase unwrapping
(260.6042) Physical optics : Singular optics

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: March 29, 2012
Revised Manuscript: April 27, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 30, 2012
Published: June 8, 2012

Samuel A. Eastwood, Alexis I. Bishop, Timothy C. Petersen, David M. Paganin, and Michael J. Morgan, "Phase measurement using an optical vortex lattice produced with a three-beam interferometer," Opt. Express 20, 13947-13957 (2012)

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