The results of experiments in developing a method for extracting three-dimensional information from a scene by means of a polarimetric passive imaging sensor are summarized. This sensor provides a full Stokes vector at each sensor pixel location from which degree and angle of linear polarization are computed. The angle of linear polarization provides the azimuth angle of the surface normal vector. The depression angle of this surface normal vector is obtained in terms of the emitting object’s index of refraction from the solution of an equation derived from Fresnel equations, Snell’s law, and percent of linear polarization. Results of the application of this approach to simulated infrared polarimetric data are provided.
© 2007 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: September 21, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: October 12, 2006
Published: January 12, 2007
Firooz A. Sadjadi, "Passive three-dimensional imaging using polarimetric diversity," Opt. Lett. 32, 229-231 (2007)