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  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 25, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2008
  • pp: 423–430

Segmentation of rough surfaces using a polarization imaging system

Patrick Terrier, Vincent Devlaminck, and Jean Michel Charbois  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 25, Issue 2, pp. 423-430 (2008)

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A polarimetric vision system yielding a roughness-segmentation-based image is described. As a general principle, the bidirectional reflectance distribution function (BRDF) of a surface is assumed to be related to its local irregularities, i.e., its roughness. This BRDF is seen as the sum of a specular and a diffuse component. In this paper we propose to introduce polarization measurements in order to estimate this roughness parameter without requiring any assumption for the model of the diffuse component, nor is diffuse–specular separation required. Moreover, with the proposed method, the refractive indices of the observed objects are estimated at each pixel. Examples are given for quality control applications.

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OCIS Codes
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(150.3040) Machine vision : Industrial inspection
(110.5405) Imaging systems : Polarimetric imaging

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: July 6, 2007
Revised Manuscript: November 23, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: November 26, 2007
Published: January 25, 2008

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Patrick Terrier, Vincent Devlaminck, and Jean Michel Charbois, "Segmentation of rough surfaces using a polarization imaging system," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 25, 423-430 (2008)

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