Analysis of surface roughness using confocal microscopy

D. A. Lange*, H. M. Jennings, S. P. Shah

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Confocal microscopy provides a convenient means of acquiring three-dimensional descriptions of objects. A new technique exploits the capability of confocal microscopy to quantify rough surfaces. The microscope "optically" sections the surface, and a computer transforms a series of sections into digital images and a topographic map. Using a straightforward algorithm, the computer analyses the topographic map to derive a roughness parameter that characterizes the texture of the surface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3879-3884
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Science
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jan 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • General Materials Science
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)


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