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White-Light Method: A New Sensor For The Optical Evaluation Of Rough Surfaces
Author(s): R.-J. Ahlers
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Paper Abstract

In recent decades the importance of surface roughness as a quality characteristic has increased remarkably. Optical methods for asperity measurements have been investigated, in particular because of their principal advantage of permitting inprocess or on-line measurements. This paper reports on a new optical method, the so-called white-light method, which determines a surface parameter, the optical contrast C, that represents the quotient of the standard deviation and mean value of the resultant light intensity. The scanned and converted optical information of a strongly defocused image of the rough surface leads to a good correlation between optically and mechanically evaluated surface parameters. This holds true for surfaces that can be measured without severe distortions due to the mechanical scanning procedure. With reference to industrial applications, the measuring range of this system lies in the interesting region of 0.06 um

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1985
PDF: 5 pages
Opt. Eng. 24(3) 243423 doi: 10.1117/12.7973500
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 24, Issue 3
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R.-J. Ahlers, Fraunhofer-Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA) (Germany)

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