Optical interferometers are very sensitive when environment perturbations affect its optical path. The wavefront under test is not static at all. In this paper, it is proposed a novel and robust phase-shifting demodulation method. This method estimates the interferogram’s phase-shifting locally, reducing detuning errors due to environment perturbations like vibrations and/or miscalibrations of the Phase-Shifting Interferometry setup. As we know, phase-shifting demodulation methods assume that the wavefront under test is static and there is a global phase-shifting for all pixels. The demodulation method presented here is based on local weighted least-squares, letting each pixel have its own phase-shifting. This is a different and better approach, considering that all previous works assume a global phase-shifting for all pixels of interferograms. Seeing this method like a black box, it receives an interferogram sequence of at least 3 interferograms and returns the modulating phase or wavefront under test. Here it is not necessary to know the phase shifts between the interferograms. It does not assume a global phase-shifting for the interferograms, is robust to the movements of the wavefront under test and tolerates miscalibrations of the optical setup.
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