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Range and contrast imaging improvements using circularly polarized light in scattering environments
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Paper Abstract

We find for infrared wavelengths there are clear particle size ranges and indices representative of fog and rain where the use of circular polarization imaging can penetrate to larger optical depths than linear polarization. Using polarization tracking Monte Carlo simulations for varying particle size, wavelength, and index systematically, we show that for specific scene parameters circular polarization vastly outperforms linear polarization in maintaining degree of polarization for large optical depths in transmission and reflection. This enhancement in circular polarization can be exploited to improve imaging in obscurant environments that are important in many critical imaging applications. Specifically, circular polarization performs better than linear for radiation fog in the SWIR and MWIR regime, advection fog in the LWIR regime, and small sized particles of Sahara dust in the MWIR regime.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 June 2013
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8706, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XXIV, 87060R (5 June 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2015874
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J. D. van der Laan, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
D. A. Scrymgeour, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
S. A. Kemme, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
E. L. Dereniak, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8706:
Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XXIV
Gerald C. Holst; Keith A. Krapels, Editor(s)

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