Imaging laser radar can give intensity and range images, which provide integrated 3-dimensional (3D) information about objects. However, dropouts and range anomalies exacerbate range images, which makes their background cluttered and target blurred. For background suppression, a new algorithm that combines intensity image and its mean is presented. By using this algorithm to process actual laser radar range images, most background noises are suppressed. According to range anomalies characteristics, multi-template selection order mean filtering algorithm is presented and used for actual ladar range images where the distance between two targets is 77 m. This algorithm obtains the clear range image in which the interval of two objects is 75 m. The result shows that the processing algorithm is correct and effective.
© 2005 Chinese Optics Letters
(100.2000) Image processing : Digital image processing
(100.2980) Image processing : Image enhancement
(100.6890) Image processing : Three-dimensional image processing
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar
Ziqin Li, Qi Li, Zhaoshuo Tian, Yongzhen Wang, Jianfeng Sun, Wei Du, and Qi Wang, "Processing for laser radar range images," Chin. Opt. Lett. 2, 210-212 (2004)