A method is presented that can be applied to phase-step interferometry to locate the regions within which integral multiples of π should be added to the wrapped phase that results from arctangent calculations. Unlike previous methods, this one is immune to the noise-related errors that confuse simple phase-unwrap schemes. It makes use of the fact that the noise-related errors occur at fixed locations in the phase map, whereas the location of the wrap regions depends on the way in which the arctangent is calculated.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: January 16, 1996
Published: August 15, 1996
Karl A. Stetson, "Noise-immune method for locating wrap regions in phase-step interferometry," Opt. Lett. 21, 1268-1270 (1996)