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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 10 — May. 12, 2008
  • pp: 7119–7133

A Bayesian approach for polarimetric data reduction: the Mueller imaging case

Jihad Zallat, Christian Heinrich , and Matthieu Petremand  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 10, pp. 7119-7133 (2008)

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In this paper, we extend to the Mueller imaging framework a formerly introduced Bayesian approach dealing with polarimetric data reduction and robust clustering of polarization encoded images in the piecewise constant case. The extension was made possible thanks to a suitable writing of the observation model in the Mueller context that relies on the system’s coherency matrix and Cholesky decomposition such that the admissibility constraints are easily captured. This generalization comes at the cost of nonlinearity with respect to the parameters that have to be estimated. This estimation-clustering problem is tackled in a Bayesian framework where a hierarchical stochastic model based on a Markov random field proposed by Potts is used. This fully unsupervised approach is extensively tested over synthetic data as well as real Mueller images.

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OCIS Codes
(000.3860) General : Mathematical methods in physics
(100.3190) Image processing : Inverse problems
(110.2960) Imaging systems : Image analysis
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: January 9, 2008
Revised Manuscript: February 6, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: February 11, 2008
Published: May 2, 2008

Jihad Zallat, Christian Heinrich, and Matthieu Petremand, "A Bayesian approach for polarimetric data reduction: the Mueller imaging case," Opt. Express 16, 7119-7133 (2008)

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