## Abstract

It is important to improve the depth resolution in depth-resolved wavenumber-scanning interferometry (DRWSI) owing to the limited range of wavenumber scanning. In this work, a new nonlinear iterative least-squares algorithm called the wavenumber-domain least-squares algorithm (WLSA) is proposed for evaluating the phase of DRWSI. The simulated and experimental results of the Fourier transform (FT), complex-number least-squares algorithm (CNLSA), eigenvalue-decomposition and least-squares algorithm (EDLSA), and WLSA were compared and analyzed. According to the results, the WLSA is less dependent on the initial values, and the depth resolution $\delta z$ is approximately changed from $\delta z$ to $\delta z/6$. Thus, the WLSA exhibits a better performance than the FT, CNLSA, and EDLSA.

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