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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 16 — Aug. 3, 2009
  • pp: 14199–14210

Adapted polarization state contrast image

Michael Richert, Xavier Orlik, and Antonello De Martino  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 16, pp. 14199-14210 (2009)

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We propose a general method to maximize the polarimetric contrast between an object and its background using a predetermined illumination polarization state. After a first estimation of the polarimetric properties of the scene by classical Mueller imaging, we evaluate the incident polarized field that induces scattered polarization states by the object and background, as opposite as possible on the Poincaré sphere. With a detection method optimized for a 2-channel imaging system, Monte Carlo simulations of low flux coherent imaging are performed with various objects and backgrounds having different properties of retardance, dichroism and depolarization. With respect to classical Mueller imaging, possibly associated to the polar decomposition, our results show a noticeable increase in the Bhattacharyya distance used as our contrast parameter.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(110.2970) Imaging systems : Image detection systems
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(110.5405) Imaging systems : Polarimetric imaging

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: March 27, 2009
Revised Manuscript: May 14, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: May 16, 2009
Published: July 31, 2009

Michael Richert, Xavier Orlik, and Antonello De Martino, "Adapted polarization state contrast image," Opt. Express 17, 14199-14210 (2009)

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