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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2009
  • pp: 2117–2119

Polarimetry as a valid means to reduce optical noise in underwater 3D imaging by means of amplitude-modulated laser optical radar systems

L. De Dominicis, M. Ferri de Collibus, G. Fornetti, M. Francucci, M. Guarneri, M. Nuvoli, E. Paglia, and R. Ricci  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 14, pp. 2117-2119 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.34.002117


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Abstract

We report the results of a series of underwater imaging experiments in the visible, carried out at ENEA (Frascati, Rome) by using a bistatic, amplitude-modulated laser optical radar system. In these experiments, polarimetry is used for minimizing the water backscattering signal and improving the accuracy of phase measurements directly related to distance. The presented technique enables one to obtain 3D images of underwater real scenes characterized by high quality, space resolution, and contrast. The results are of remarkable importance for applications in the 3D imaging of submerged objects, such as submarine archaeological sites.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(110.4280) Imaging systems : Noise in imaging systems
(110.6880) Imaging systems : Three-dimensional image acquisition
(280.3400) Remote sensing and sensors : Laser range finder
(110.0113) Imaging systems : Imaging through turbid media
(110.5405) Imaging systems : Polarimetric imaging

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

History
Original Manuscript: April 22, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: June 8, 2009
Published: July 7, 2009

Citation
L. De Dominicis, M. Ferri de Collibus, G. Fornetti, M. Francucci, M. Guarneri, M. Nuvoli, E. Paglia, and R. Ricci, "Polarimetry as a valid means to reduce optical noise in underwater 3D imaging by means of amplitude-modulated laser optical radar systems," Opt. Lett. 34, 2117-2119 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-34-14-2117


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