Journal of the European Optical Society - Rapid publications, Vol 7 (2012)

Investigation of smooth wave fronts using SLM-based phase retrieval and a phase diffuser

M. Agour, P. F. Almoro, C. Falldorf

Abstract


A phase retrieval technique using a spatial light modulator (SLM) and a phase diffuser for a fast reconstruction of smooth wave fronts is demonstrated experimentally. Diffuse illumination of a smooth test object with the aid of a phase diffuser (maximum phase shift, ΔΦ = 0.85π) results in a significant diversity in the intensity measurements which, in turn, is beneficial for a non-stagnating iterative phase reconstruction. The use of the SLM enables accurate and fast speckle intensity recording and active correction of misalignments in the setup. The effectiveness of the technique is demonstrated in the optical testing of lenses.

© The Authors. All rights reserved. [DOI: 10.2971/jeos.2012.12046]

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