Abstract

This paper presents a reference-free metric for quantitative appraisal of de-noising algorithms for phase measurements in digital holography. In the literature, quality metrics are not self-contained because they require a noise-free reference phase fringe pattern in order to be computed. In practical situations, no exact phase is available to evaluate the quality of processing. In order to bypass such limitations, one needs a metric directly capable of providing information on how efficient the filtering is, without any help from any reference measurements and by only considering the measured available phase data. This paper presents a novel reference-free metric, called estimated phase error for quantitative appraisal of de-noising algorithms for noisy phase data processing. This metric is based on the computation of an estimator of the standard deviation of the phase error between data processed with an external algorithm and that from the evaluated algorithm. A benchmark, including 37 different de-noising algorithms, demonstrates that the proposed metric is capable of producing the same rankings as those obtained with classical metrics, requiring a reference phase. Application to phase data from mechanical testing demonstrates that the ranking obtained from experimental phase data is similar to that obtained during the benchmarking with simulated data.

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