Title: GPU-accelerated white-light scanning interferometer for large-area, high-speed surface profile measurements

Authors: Joonho You; Young-Jin Kim; Seung-Woo Kim

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Science Town, Daejeon, 305-701, South Korea. ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Science Town, Daejeon, 305-701, South Korea. ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Science Town, Daejeon, 305-701, South Korea

Abstract: A special-purpose design of white-light scanning interferometer is described here for the high-speed 3-D profile measurement of micro- and nano-patterned surfaces. Parallel processing of fringe data is accomplished by adopting a graphics processing unit (GPU), which allows a great reduction in the computational time in implementing a recursive, weighted algorithm to detect the envelop peak of low-coherence interferograms without any post-processing. Experimental result shows that the processing time of the used GPU is at least 160 times faster than that of the conventional method relying on the central processing unit (CPU) in handling interferometric fringe data of four megabytes.

Keywords: white light scanning interferometry; surface profile measurement; nanopatterned surfaces; graphics processing unit; GPU; nanotechnology; parallel processing; interferometric fringe data.

DOI: 10.1504/IJNM.2012.044653

International Journal of Nanomanufacturing, 2012 Vol.8 No.1/2, pp.31 - 39

Available online: 01 Jan 2012 *

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