Wavefront Phase

The Dark Side of the Light


The wave front phase is the mathematical description of propagation direction of light rays.

As light passes through transparent media or is reflected off a surface, the wavefront phase changes according to the refractive index of the media or the surface profile of the surface.

"Light has never been studied in such detail.
This opens the door to a whole new world of possibilities."
Juan Trujillo: WFP Chief Project

Definition

Wooptix WFP is a new wave front phase sensor capable of achieving higher resolutions than any other wave front sensor.

Such high resolution wave front sensor the possibilities of wave front sensing.
Until now, wave front sensing has been used to measure low-order aberrations in optical designs.

WFP's ability to measure wave front phase with unlimited resolution enables measuring fine surface profiles and small scale aberrations that are not accessible to standard wavefront sensors.

From an instrumental point of view, implementing WFP, is straightforward. Only one image sensor is required, placed in the pupil plane of the optical system. Then, one image is captured. From the intensity values of that image the wavefront phase is computed.

Applications