Abstract

A new sequential phase demodulator based on a regularized quadrature and phase tracker system (RQPT) is applied to demodulate two-dimensional fringe patterns. This RQPT system tracks the fringe pattern’s quadrature and phase in a sequential way by following the path of the fringes. To make the RQPT system more robust to noise, the modulating phase around a small neighborhood is modeled as a plane and the quadrature of the signal is estimated simultaneously with the fringe’s modulating phase. By sequentially calculating the quadrature of the fringe pattern, one obtains a more robust sequential demodulator than was previously possible. This system may be applied to the demodulation of a single interferogram having closed fringes.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

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