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New light field camera based on physical based rendering tracing
Author(s): Ming-Han Chung; Shan-Ching Chang; Chih-Kung Lee
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Paper Abstract

Even though light field technology was first invented more than 50 years ago, it did not gain popularity due to the limitation imposed by the computation technology. With the rapid advancement of computer technology over the last decade, the limitation has been uplifted and the light field technology quickly returns to the spotlight of the research stage. In this paper, PBRT (Physical Based Rendering Tracing) was introduced to overcome the limitation of using traditional optical simulation approach to study the light field camera technology. More specifically, traditional optical simulation approach can only present light energy distribution but typically lack the capability to present the pictures in realistic scenes. By using PBRT, which was developed to create virtual scenes, 4D light field information was obtained to conduct initial data analysis and calculation. This PBRT approach was also used to explore the light field data calculation potential in creating realistic photos. Furthermore, we integrated the optical experimental measurement results with PBRT in order to place the real measurement results into the virtually created scenes. In other words, our approach provided us with a way to establish a link of virtual scene with the real measurement results. Several images developed based on the above-mentioned approaches were analyzed and discussed to verify the pros and cons of the newly developed PBRT based light field camera technology. It will be shown that this newly developed light field camera approach can circumvent the loss of spatial resolution associated with adopting a micro-lens array in front of the image sensors. Detailed operational constraint, performance metrics, computation resources needed, etc. associated with this newly developed light field camera technique were presented in detail.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 March 2014
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8949, Three-Dimensional and Multidimensional Microscopy: Image Acquisition and Processing XXI, 89491N (12 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2039151
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Ming-Han Chung, National Taiwan Univ. (Taiwan)
Shan-Ching Chang, National Taiwan Univ. (Taiwan)
Chih-Kung Lee, National Taiwan Univ. (Taiwan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8949:
Three-Dimensional and Multidimensional Microscopy: Image Acquisition and Processing XXI
Thomas G. Brown; Carol J. Cogswell; Tony Wilson, Editor(s)

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