Surface contouring by phase-shifting digital holography is proposed and verified by experiments and numerical simulations. Digital holograms are recorded before and after mode hopping of a laser diode subject to current tuning, and the difference of the reconstructed phases at each wavelength is computed to deliver surface contours of a diffusely reflecting surface. Since normal incidence on the object is employed,
the method does not need the removal of the tilt component and is free from the shadowing effect as advantages over the dual-incidence method proposed before by the first author.
© 2006 Optical Society of America
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