Abstract

A technique for fast measurements of the distance to an object’s surface based on spatial filtering of dynamic speckle patterns is proposed. Exploitation of two spatial filters (Ronchi rulings) enables measurements to be independent of surface speed. Experimental verification of the technique is demonstrated at speeds of the surface as high as 50 m/s. The technique may find applications in machine-vision systems for acquisition of three-dimensional images and in control systems for on-line monitoring of fast-moving parts of industrial machines.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

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