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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 2 — Jan. 15, 2011
  • pp: 115–117

Passive ranging and three-dimensional imaging through chiral phase coding

Aleksey N. Simonov and Michiel C. Rombach  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 2, pp. 115-117 (2011)

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We present a method for single-image passive ranging and three-dimensional (3D) imaging in incoherent light based on chiral phase coding. A chiral linear phase variation across the aperture of an optical system results in a frequency response with a characteristic pattern of fringes such that the spatial period and inclination of the pattern depend on the focusing error. From this dependency, the absolute focusing error and, hence, the distance to the object can be found. In the experiments a resolution of 1.4 μm is achieved with a 20 mm aperture lens in a 4 mm interval at a distance of 140 mm from the lens. A resolution of 0.7 mm is obtained at a distance of 11 m with the range finder employing two 25.4 mm spherical mirrors spaced apart by 140 mm . We also demonstrate 3D imaging of weakly textured objects.

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OCIS Codes
(070.0070) Fourier optics and signal processing : Fourier optics and signal processing
(110.4850) Imaging systems : Optical transfer functions
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors
(150.5670) Machine vision : Range finding
(150.6910) Machine vision : Three-dimensional sensing

ToC Category:
Machine Vision

Original Manuscript: October 11, 2010
Revised Manuscript: November 30, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: November 30, 2010
Published: January 5, 2011

Aleksey N. Simonov and Michiel C. Rombach, "Passive ranging and three-dimensional imaging through chiral phase coding," Opt. Lett. 36, 115-117 (2011)

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