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Influence of polarization filtering on image registration precision in underwater conditions

Matthieu Boffety, Frédéric Galland, and Anne-Gaëlle Allais  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 15, pp. 3273-3275 (2012)

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Underwater images often suffer from poor visibility due to photon scattering. However, in some cases, optical polarization filtering techniques can decrease the contribution of the scattered light and improve the visual image quality. In this Letter, the influence of these techniques for underwater image registration is analyzed, particularly when backscattered light is the main perturbation induced by the submarine environment. This analysis is performed using the Cramer–Rao bound and relies on a standard image formation model, taking into account various kinds of noises.

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OCIS Codes
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(110.3000) Imaging systems : Image quality assessment
(110.4280) Imaging systems : Noise in imaging systems
(110.5405) Imaging systems : Polarimetric imaging

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: April 25, 2012
Revised Manuscript: July 3, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 3, 2012
Published: July 31, 2012

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Vol. 7, Iss. 10 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Matthieu Boffety, Frédéric Galland, and Anne-Gaëlle Allais, "Influence of polarization filtering on image registration precision in underwater conditions," Opt. Lett. 37, 3273-3275 (2012)

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