Abstract

A robust digital holography recording design is presented to complete the work of switching between in-line and off-axis recording methods. We precisely supervise the off-axis angle in off-axis holography, so that the original reconstructed image can be separated by a minimum off-axis angle. In the design, we can also monitor and remove the negative effects of the reference tilt error in phase-shifting digital holography. Compared with the conventional digital holographic recording configuration, a supervising unit is introduced to control and to monitor the angle between the reference beam and object beam. By the Fourier analysis on the interferograms recorded by the supervising unit and using the corresponding equations, the off-axis angle, which is crucial to reset the object image in holographic reconstruction, can be calculated accurately and then chosen for the best recording angle. For in-line holography, the error affecting the slight tilt of the reference beam on the retrieved object wavefront can be eliminated completely because the tilt angle is detected by another independent device. Furthermore, by using this advanced design, the experimental arrangement can be transformed flexibly from the in-line recording state to the off-axis state or from the latter one to the former without rebuilding the experimental setup. The availability and effectiveness of this design are verified by a series of experiments.

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