Abstract

The Fourier transform method is applied to analyze the initial phase of linear and equispaced Fizeau fringes. We develop an algorithm for high-precision phase measurement by using the Fourier coefficient that corresponds to the spatial frequency of the Fizeau fringes, and we describe methods for determining the fringe carrier frequency. Errors caused by carrier frequency fluctuation and data truncation are studied theoretically and by computer simulation. To demonstrate the method we apply it to the real-time calibration of a piezoelectric transducer mirror in a Twyman–Green interferometer.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

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