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We investigated the interference of a white-light speckle pattern, obtained by reflection from a rough surface, with a reference beam. A theoretical analysis has been developed to derive the expression of the speckle contrast, observed in the image plane of a telescopic system, as a function of all the parameters of the interference device. A numerical evaluation of the contrast dependence on the optical path difference is presented, as well as its experimental verification. On the basis of these results on the speckle contrast properties a method has been developed for 3D profilometry of relatively large optically rough objects, using real-time digital image processing.

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Authors: LULLI A, JRC Ispra (IT);ZANETTA P, JRC Ispra (IT);LUCIA A C, JRC Ispra (IT);CASAGRANDE F, Universita degli Studi di Milano, Dipartimento di Fisica (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article : Optics Communications Vol. 124 (1996), pp. 550-557
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