The Ronchi test with a LCD amplitude sinusoidal grating is used for testing nominally flat surfaces. We prove that it is possible to measure flat surfaces without using a reference element by modifying the common optical Ronchi set up. The Ronchi rulings are computer generated and displayed on the LCD. By displaying various phase-shifted rulings and capturing the corresponding images, the phase is obtained with the conventional phase-shifting algorithms. Theoretical and experimental results are shown.
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