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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 36, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2011
  • pp: 2417–2419

Phase-shifting interferometry by wave amplitude modulation

Cruz Meneses-Fabian and Uriel Rivera-Ortega  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 13, pp. 2417-2419 (2011)

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A new method for phase-shifting interferometry based on wave amplitude modulation is proposed and discussed. This proposal is based on the interference of three waves, where two waves attend as two reference waves and the other wave attends as a probe wave. Thereby, three interference terms are obtained, but because a phase difference of π / 2 between the two references is kept constant, one of the three terms will be dropped, while the two remaining will be put in quadrature. Under these conditions, the resulting pattern is mathematically modeled by an interferogram of two waves, where an additional phase is given by the amplitude variations of the reference waves. In this Letter, both a theoretical model and some numerical simulations are presented.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(120.5060) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase modulation
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference
(100.3175) Image processing : Interferometric imaging

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: March 24, 2011
Revised Manuscript: April 22, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: May 26, 2011
Published: June 21, 2011

Cruz Meneses-Fabian and Uriel Rivera-Ortega, "Phase-shifting interferometry by wave amplitude modulation," Opt. Lett. 36, 2417-2419 (2011)

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