Abstract

Heterodyne holographic interferometry provides automated interference phase measurement with high resolution and allows the quantitative evaluation of 3-D displacement and strain on solid objects. The fundamentals of heterodyning in double-exposure holography are reviewed and its possibilities and limitations are discussed in detail. Experimental results of strain measurement on a curved object surface are reported. Three double-exposure hologram recordings with different illuminations are used to get the vector displacement. Based on locally calculated derivatives of the displacement field, a sensitivity for the strain components of 1 μm/m with a spatial resolution of a few millimeters has been achieved. The features of heterodyne holographic interferometry are compared with those of quasiheterodyne (phase stepping) fringe interpolation.

© 1987 Optical Society of America

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