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Optical Engineering

Robust, accurate seven-sample phase-shifting algorithm insensitive to nonlinear phase-shift error and second-harmonic distortion: a comparative study
Author(s): Hong Zhang; Michael J. Lalor; David R. Burton
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Paper Abstract

A new seven-sample algorithm is derived, based on the Sur- rel six-sample algorithm, by using the averaging technique. The sensitivities of phase-shifting algorithms to phase-shift error and harmonics of nonsinusoidal waveforms are analyzed by the Fourier description method. Plots of the root-mean-square phase error, produced by computer simulation, are presented in order to compare the new algorithm with the other four well-known phase-shifting algorithms. It is shown that the new algorithm is the least sensitive to linear phase-shift error and to quadratic nonlinear phase-shift error with linear compensation, when the fringe signal contains the second-harmonic distortion. A 3-D fringe projection phase-shifting profilometer was constructed using a white light source and projecting a quasisinusoidal grating with some second- harmonic distortion. Experiments were carried out to compare the five phase-shifting algorithms when different phase-shift errors exist, and the shape of a 3-D object was measured using the new seven-sample algorithm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1999
PDF: 10 pages
Opt. Eng. 38(9) doi: 10.1117/1.602203
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 38, Issue 9
Show Author Affiliations
Hong Zhang, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (Canada)
Michael J. Lalor, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
David R. Burton, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)


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