Abstract

The intensity distribution of fringe patterns becomes nonsinusoidal in real testing environments. Thus, the performance of existing phase shift extraction algorithms, which usually compute the desired phase shift by arccosine function or arcsine function, may be affected. In the presented paper, we report an arctangent-function-based technique to solve this disturbance. First, two orthogonal fringe patterns are constructed through subtraction and addition of two background-removed images. Second, the unequal amplitude between two new fringe patterns is eliminated using a normalization process. Third, the phase shift is determined by computing the norms of the two new images. The proposed method is fast and can be implemented easily in many applications. We verify the algorithm performance and robustness using both simulated and experimental data, indicating the high accuracy of the presented method.

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