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Optical Engineering

Restoration of atmospherically blurred images according to weather-predicted atmospheric modulation transfer functions
Author(s): Yitzhak Yitzhaky; Itai Dror; Norman S. Kopeika
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Paper Abstract

Restoration for actual atmospherically blurred images is performed using an atmospheric Wiener filter that corrects simultaneously for both turbulence and aerosol blur by enhancing the image spectrum primarily at those high frequencies least affected by the jitter or randomness in a turbulence modulation transfer function (MTF). The correction is based on weather-predicted rather than measured atmospheric MTFs. Both turbulence and aerosol MTFs are predicted using meteorological parameters measured with standard weather stations at the time and location where the image was recorded. A variety of weather conditions and seasons are considered. Past results have shown good correlation between measured and predicted atmospheric MTFs. Here, the predicted MTFs are implemented in actual image restoration and quantitative analysis of the MTF improvement is presented. Corrections are shown also for turbulence blur alone, for aerosol blur alone, and for both together.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1997
PDF: 9 pages
Opt. Eng. 36(11) doi: 10.1117/1.601526
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 36, Issue 11
Show Author Affiliations
Yitzhak Yitzhaky, Ben Gurion Univ. of the Negev (Israel)
Itai Dror, Ben Gurion Univ. of the Negev (Israel)
Norman S. Kopeika, Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev (Israel)

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