24 May 2018 Interest of polarimetric refocused images calibrated in depth for control by vision
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This work shows the interest of combining polarimetric and light-field imaging. Polarimetric imaging is known for its capabilities to highlight and reveal contrasts or surfaces that are not visible in standard intensity images. This imaging mode requires to capture multiple images with a set of different polarimetric filters. The images can either be captured by a temporal or spatial multiplexing, depending on the polarimeter model used. On the other hand, light-field imaging, which is categorized in the field of computational imaging, is also based on a combination of images that allows to extract 3D information about the scene. In this case, images are either acquired with a camera array, or with a multi-view camera such as a plenoptic camera. One of the major interests of a light-field camera is its capability to produce different kind of images, such as sub-aperture images used to compute depth images, full focus images or images refocused at a specific distance used to detect defects for instance. In this paper, we show that refocused images of a light-field camera can also be computed in the context of polarimetric imaging. The 3D information contained in the refocused images can be combined with the linear degree of polarization and can be obtained with an unique device in one acquisition. An example illustrates how these two coupled imaging modes are promising, especially for the industrial control and inspection by vision.
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L. Gendre, L. Gendre, S. Bazeille, S. Bazeille, L. Bigué, L. Bigué, C. Cudel, C. Cudel, "Interest of polarimetric refocused images calibrated in depth for control by vision", Proc. SPIE 10677, Unconventional Optical Imaging, 106771W (24 May 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2306939; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2306939
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