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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 2 — Jan. 15, 2009
  • pp: 121–123

Optimization of the contrast in active Stokes images

François Goudail  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 2, pp. 121-123 (2009)

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Active Stokes imaging consists in illuminating a scene with polarized light and in measuring the Stokes vector of the scattered light. We present a method for determining the polarization state of illumination that maximizes the observed contrast between a target and the background when the scene is partially depolarizing and in the presence of additive Gaussian detection noise.

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OCIS Codes
(030.4280) Coherence and statistical optics : Noise in imaging systems
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: August 26, 2008
Revised Manuscript: October 27, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: November 20, 2008
Published: January 7, 2009

François Goudail, "Optimization of the contrast in active Stokes images," Opt. Lett. 34, 121-123 (2009)

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