Fast and accurate wavefront reconstruction in two-frame phase-shifting interferometry with unknown phase step

Opt Lett. 2018 Jul 1;43(13):3033-3036. doi: 10.1364/OL.43.003033.


A fast and accurate wavefront reconstruction method for two-frame phase-shifting interferometry is proposed. The unknown phase step between the two interferograms is estimated directly by solving a quartic polynomial equation, and then the phase map is readily reconstructed after obtaining the phase step. The whole phase reconstruction process is nearly analytical and thus very fast and easy to realize. Good performance of the proposed method is demonstrated by reconstructing the phase maps from simulated and real fringes along with comparisons to several existing well-established algorithms.