Abstract

Phase stepping by wavelength modulation of the optical source is demonstrated in a path-length unbalanced shearing interferometer. A magnification difference, which accompanies the path-length imbalance in the interferometer, introduces an unwanted radial shear, which is shown to be compensated by inclusion of a block of high-refractive-index material in the longer interferometer arm. The block also increases the phase shift obtained for a given wavelength change. The phase-stepping technique is demonstrated with a three-step algorithm to measure out-of-plane strain on a flat metal plate.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

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