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.
© 2009 Optical Society of America
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)