We describe a simple system for achieving real-time phase-difference amplification of interferograms. We arrange the interferogram such that it contains high-spatial-frequency carrier fringes and project it onto the write side of an optically addressed phase-only spatial light modulator. The resultant phase pattern on the modulator is read out by two readout beams, and diffraction by the carrier fringes provides the spatial heterodyning that is necessary for achieving phase-difference amplification. We present results that demonstrate real-time phase-difference amplification by as much as a factor of 10.
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