Abstract

We describe a compact fiber-optic setup for three-dimensional topometry. The measuring principle is based on low-coherence interferometry in combination with a confocal microscope. Integrating an optical arrangement based on compact disk optics together with fiber optics into one sensor yields a compact unit. The sensor has a numerical aperture of 0.45 and is suitable for measuring large surface slopes with high spatial resolution. Further, a depth measuring range of more than 1 mm can be achieved. The capabilities of our setup for three-dimensional measurements are demonstrated.

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