Phase retrieval in two-shot phase-shifting interferometry based on phase shift estimation in a local mask. Academic Article uri icon


  • Fringe analysis in two-shot phase-shifting interferometry is important but meets challenges due to a limited number of images, corrupting noise, and background modulation. Here we propose an effective algorithm for phase retrieval from two interferograms with unknown phase shifts. The algorithm first evaluates the phase shift in a local mask through phase fitting and global optimization and then computes a full-field phase map using an arctangent function. Since the phase shift evaluation is performed within a local mask, the algorithm is fast compared with conventional optimization-based algorithms and typically needs tens of seconds to complete the processing. Computer simulation and experimental results show that the proposed algorithm has excellent performance compared with state-of-the-art algorithms. A complete software package of the algorithm in MATLAB is available at

published proceedings

  • Opt Express

author list (cited authors)

  • Tian, C., & Liu, S.

citation count

  • 29

complete list of authors

  • Tian, Chao||Liu, Shengchun

publication date

  • September 2017