We describe a wide field phase sensitive confocal microscope based on correlation between speckles. In this system, parallel optical phase stepping provides for the simultaneous capture of four interferograms using a single camera, giving the system the potential to operate at high speed. The interferograms are mapped to a common frame of reference, removing any relative distortion in the process, so that phase, amplitude, and interference efficiency images can be obtained. We use a new phase stepping algorithm that accounts for the unequal phase steps and unbalanced beam amplitudes that are a consequence of the optical arrangement. Experimental results to show that the system operates as a wide field amplitude and phase confocal system are presented.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)