For optical interferometry, a new quality-guided phase unwrapping algorithm based on the reliability evaluation of each pixel of the wrapped phase is proposed. First, the parameters used as quality measures in the past quality-guided algorithms are classified into the reliability measure and the quality measure, and the intensity of the object image belongs to the reliability measure. Then, by computing and applying a threshold to the intensity of the object image, the valid region (i.e., the interference region) is distinguished into the reliable region and the doubtful region. The wrapped phase in the reliable region is subsequently unwrapped by the way of multipaths integration, and different paths are guided by separate quality measures. Finally, starting from the reliable region, the doubtful region is unwrapped by the way that each path takes in the reliable region. Experimental results have shown that the proposed algorithm not only performs well, but also computes efficiently.
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