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2 August 2004 Setup calibration and optimization for comparative digital holography
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With increasing globalization many enterprises decide to produce the components of their products at different locations all over the world. Consequently, new technologies and strategies for quality control are required. In this context the remote comparison of objects with regard to their shape or response on certain loads is getting more and more important for a variety of applications. For such a task the novel method of comparative digital holography is a suitable tool with interferometric sensitivity. With this technique the comparison in shape or deformation of two objects does not require the presence of both objects at the same place. In contrast to the well known incoherent techniques based on inverse fringe projection this new approach uses a coherent mask for the illumination of the sample object. The coherent mask is created by digital holography to enable the instant access to the complete optical information of the master object at any wanted place. The reconstruction of the mask is done by a spatial light modulator (SLM). The transmission of the digital master hologram to the place of comparison can be done via digital telecommunication networks. Contrary to other interferometric techniques this method enables the comparison of objects with different microstructure. In continuation of earlier reports our investigations are focused here on the analysis of the constraints of the setup with respect to the quality of the hologram reconstruction with a spatial light modulator. For successful measurements the selection of the appropriate reconstruction method and the adequate optical set-up is mandatory. In addition, the use of a SLM for the reconstruction requires the knowledge of its properties for the accomplishment of this method. The investigation results for the display properties such as display curvature, phase shift and the consequences for the technique will be presented. The optimization and the calibration of the set-up and its components lead to improved results in comparative digital holography with respect to the resolution. Examples of measurements before and after the optimization and calibration will be presented.
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Torsten Baumbach, Wolfgang Osten, Volker Kebbel, Christoph von Kopylow, and Werner Jueptner "Setup calibration and optimization for comparative digital holography", Proc. SPIE 5532, Interferometry XII: Applications, (2 August 2004);

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