Most standard temporal-phase-shifting (TPS) algorithms evaluate the phase by computing a windowed Fourier transform (WFT) of the intensity signal at the carrier frequency of the system. However, displacement of the specimen during image acquisition may cause the peak of the transform to shift away from the carrier frequency, leading to phase errors and even unwrapping failure. We present a novel TPS method that searches for the peak of the WFT and evaluates the phase at that frequency instead of at the carrier frequency. The performance of this method is compared with that of standard algorithms by using numerical simulations. Experimental results from high-speed speckle interferometry studies of carbon fiber panels are also presented.
© 2003 Optical Society of America
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