Phase stepping by wavelength modulation of the optical source is demonstrated in a path-length unbalanced shearing interferometer. A magnification difference, which accompanies the path-length imbalance in the interferometer, introduces an unwanted radial shear, which is shown to be compensated by inclusion of a block of high-refractive-index material in the longer interferometer arm. The block also increases the phase shift obtained for a given wavelength change. The phase-stepping technique is demonstrated with a three-step algorithm to measure out-of-plane strain on a flat metal plate.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: April 8, 1996
Published: September 15, 1996
J.-R. Huang, H. D. Ford, and R. P. Tatam, "Phase-stepped speckle shearing interferometer by source wavelength modulation," Opt. Lett. 21, 1421-1423 (1996)