Abstract

We introduce a relatively simple and efficient optical technique to measure nanoscale displacement based on visibility variations of the Fresnel diffraction fringes from a two-dimensional phase step. In this paper we use our technique to measure electromechanical expansions by a thin piezoelectric ceramic and also thermal changes in the diameter of a tungsten wire. Early results provide convincing evidence that sensitivity up to a few nanometers can be achieved, and our technique has the potential to be used as a nanodisplacement probe.

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