Phase-shifting by polarizer rotations in a common-path cube beam-splitter interferometer
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© 2019 SPIE.In this manuscript, a simple and low-cost method for phase-shifting interferometry by the rotation of a polarizer is presented. The principle of the proposal relies on the polarization aberration introduced by a cube beam-splitter due to its geometry, to the angular dependence with the coating and to the polarization angle of the input beam. The interferometric setup performs as a two-window common-path interferometer in which the added phase-shifting is achieved by simply rotating a polarizer at the interferometer output. The viability of the proposal is sustained with experimental results in which the phase-shift value and the resulting wavefront are calculated with Farrel's technique and the Three-step PSI algorithm respectively.