Passive three-dimensional (3D) imaging is an enabling technology for a number of applications. We present a technique for profilometry and optical slicing of objects using 3D multiperspective imaging. We use the spectral radiation pattern (SRP) in object space and establish its relationship to different perspective images. A method is proposed to infer the depth of Lambertian surfaces from the statistics of the SRP. Experimental results are presented to show the feasibility of this method. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that statistics of the ray intensity-angle is used for 3D depth mapping.
© 2009 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: December 16, 2008
Revised Manuscript: February 28, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 3, 2009
Published: March 31, 2009
Mehdi DaneshPanah and Bahram Javidi, "Profilometry and optical slicing by passive three-dimensional imaging," Opt. Lett. 34, 1105-1107 (2009)