Optical diagnostic techniques are particularly attractive for the non-destructive
detection of incipient damage and the evaluation of the state of surface decay. Non-contact, high precision measurements of the shape and deformation of an artifact can be
performed using laser methods based on holographic and speckle interferometry. [Continues.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.