The Meaning and Measure of Vertical Resolution in Optical Surface Topography Measurement
AbstractVertical resolution is the most widely quoted and most frequently misunderstood performance specification for equipment that measures surface topography. Here I propose to use internationally standardized terms and definitions for measurement noise and surface topography repeatability as more meaningful quantifiers for measurement performance. A specific example is an interference microscope operating with a 100 Hz, 1 k × 1 k pixel camera, and a sinusoidal phase modulation to convert intensity data to a height map. The measurement noise is found experimentally to be 0.072 nm for a 1 s data acquisition using a surface topography repeatability test, which determines the random height-equivalent noise level for an individual pixel in the areal surface topography map. Under ideal conditions, the measured noise is equivalent to the instrument noise that may be published in a performance specification in place of the more common, but poorly defined, vertical resolution specification. View Full-Text
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de Groot, P.J. The Meaning and Measure of Vertical Resolution in Optical Surface Topography Measurement. Appl. Sci. 2017, 7, 54.
de Groot PJ. The Meaning and Measure of Vertical Resolution in Optical Surface Topography Measurement. Applied Sciences. 2017; 7(1):54.Chicago/Turabian Style
de Groot, Peter J. 2017. "The Meaning and Measure of Vertical Resolution in Optical Surface Topography Measurement." Appl. Sci. 7, no. 1: 54.
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