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Reduced measurement uncertainty of white-light interferometry on rough surfaces
Author(s): R. Gross; O. Hybl; C. Richter; B. Wiesner; G. Häusler
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Paper Abstract

In white-light interferometry at rough surfaces ("Coherence radar") the measuring uncertainty is physically limited by the arbitrary phase of the individual speckle interferograms. As a consequence, the standard deviation of the measured shape data is inevitably given by the (optically unresolved) roughness of the surface. The statistical error in each measuring point depends on the brightness of the corresponding speckle; a dark speckle yields a more uncertain measurement than a bright one. If the brightness is below the noise threshold of the camera, the measurement fails completely and an outlier occurs. We present a new method to significantly reduce the measuring uncertainty and the number of outliers. We achieve this by generating several statistically independent speckle patterns, by use of different directions of the illumination. We evaluate the different measurements and select the best measurement or assign more weight to brighter speckles

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 2006
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 6341, Speckle06: Speckles, From Grains to Flowers, 63410V (15 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.695306
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R. Gross, Univ. of Erlangen (Germany)
O. Hybl, Univ. of Erlangen (Germany)
C. Richter, Univ. of Erlangen (Germany)
B. Wiesner, Univ. of Erlangen (Germany)
G. Häusler, Univ. of Erlangen (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6341:
Speckle06: Speckles, From Grains to Flowers
Pierre Slangen; Christine Cerruti, Editor(s)

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