Optimization of white light interferometry on rough surfaces based on error analysis

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Sarac Z. , Gross R., Richter C., Wiesner B., Hausler G.

OPTIK, vol.115, no.8, pp.351-357, 2004 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 115 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1078/0030-4026-00369
  • Title of Journal : OPTIK
  • Page Numbers: pp.351-357


White light interferometry can be used to measure the shape of rough surfaces. At rough surfaces, the measuring uncertainty in principle cannot be better than the surface roughness, which is commonly in the range of 1 micron. Hence, the requirements for the hard- and software components of the instrument are not as high as for interferometry in the nanometer regime. An analysis of the dominant error sources allows the design of an "optimal" sensor with a measuring uncertainty as small as physically possible, with components as good as necessary and as simple as possible.