We present a simple and effective method for denoising phase patterns based on a discrete model. The proposed filtering method transforms the image denoising problem to solving the energy diffusion problem of a system with complex-valued fields. We establish an appropriate cost function that uses the discrete form of complex-valued Markov random fields. The attractiveness of the proposed filtering method includes three points: the first is that the filtering process can be easily implemented using an iterative method, the second is that phase jumps are well preserved, and the third is its little computational effort. The performance of the proposed method is demonstrated by simulated and experimentally obtained phase patterns.
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