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Appl Opt. 1997 Jan 1;36(1):271-6.

Additive noise effect in digital phase detection.


The characteristic polynomials associated with the algorithms used in digital phase detection are used to investigate the effects of additive noise on phase measurements. First, it is shown that a loss factor eta can be associated with any algorithm. This parameter describes the influence of the algorithm on the global signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Second, the variance of the phase error is shown to depend mainly on the global SNR. The amplitude of a modulation of this variance at twice the signal frequency depends on a single parameter beta. The material presented here extends previously published results, and as many as 19 algorithms are analyzed.

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