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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2009
  • pp: 1471–1473

Optimization of the contrast in polarimetric scalar images

François Goudail and Arnaud Bénière  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 9, pp. 1471-1473 (2009)

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We consider active polarimetric imaging systems that illuminate a scene with an incident polarization state and project the backscattered light on another polarization state in order to produce a scalar intensity image. We present and analyze a method for determining the configuration of illumination and analysis polarization states 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: February 23, 2009
Revised Manuscript: April 3, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: April 3, 2009
Published: April 30, 2009

François Goudail and Arnaud Bénière, "Optimization of the contrast in polarimetric scalar images," Opt. Lett. 34, 1471-1473 (2009)

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