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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 53, Iss. 18 — Jun. 20, 2014
  • pp: 3854–3865

Long-range polarimetric imaging through fog

Julien Fade, Swapnesh Panigrahi, Anthony Carré, Ludovic Frein, Cyril Hamel, Fabien Bretenaker, Hema Ramachandran, and Mehdi Alouini  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 53, Issue 18, pp. 3854-3865 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.53.003854


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Abstract

We report an experimental implementation of long-range polarimetric imaging through fog over kilometric distance in real field atmospheric conditions. An incoherent polarized light source settled on a telecommunication tower is imaged at a distance of 1.3 km with a snapshot polarimetric camera including a birefringent Wollaston prism, allowing simultaneous acquisition of two images along orthogonal polarization directions. From a large number of acquisitions datasets and under various environmental conditions (clear sky/fog/haze, day/night), we compare the efficiency of using polarized light for source contrast increase with different signal representations (intensity, polarimetric difference, polarimetric contrast, etc.). With the limited-dynamics detector used, a maximum fourfold increase in contrast was demonstrated under bright background illumination using polarimetric difference image.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(110.4280) Imaging systems : Noise in imaging systems
(110.0113) Imaging systems : Imaging through turbid media
(110.5405) Imaging systems : Polarimetric imaging
(010.7295) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Visibility and imaging

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

History
Original Manuscript: March 6, 2014
Revised Manuscript: May 6, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: May 7, 2014
Published: June 13, 2014

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Vol. 9, Iss. 8 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Julien Fade, Swapnesh Panigrahi, Anthony Carré, Ludovic Frein, Cyril Hamel, Fabien Bretenaker, Hema Ramachandran, and Mehdi Alouini, "Long-range polarimetric imaging through fog," Appl. Opt. 53, 3854-3865 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-53-18-3854


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