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Long-range and depth-selective imaging of macroscopic targets using low-coherence and wide-field interferometry (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Sungsoo Woo; Sungsam Kang; Changhyeong Yoon; Wonshik Choi

Paper Abstract

With the advancement of 3D display technology, 3D imaging of macroscopic objects has drawn much attention as they provide the contents to display. The most widely used imaging methods include a depth camera, which measures time of flight for the depth discrimination, and various structured illumination techniques. However, these existing methods have poor depth resolution, which makes imaging complicated structures a difficult task. In order to resolve this issue, we propose an imaging system based upon low-coherence interferometry and off-axis digital holographic imaging. By using light source with coherence length of 200 micro, we achieved the depth resolution of 100 micro. In order to map the macroscopic objects with this high axial resolution, we installed a pair of prisms in the reference beam path for the long-range scanning of the optical path length. Specifically, one prism was fixed in position, and the other prism was mounted on a translation stage and translated in parallel to the first prism. Due to the multiple internal reflections between the two prisms, the overall path length was elongated by a factor of 50. In this way, we could cover a depth range more than 1 meter. In addition, we employed multiple speckle illuminations and incoherent averaging of the acquired holographic images for reducing the specular reflections from the target surface. Using this newly developed system, we performed imaging targets with multiple different layers and demonstrated imaging targets hidden behind the scattering layers. The method was also applied to imaging targets located around the corner.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 2016
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 9713, Three-Dimensional and Multidimensional Microscopy: Image Acquisition and Processing XXIII, 97130E (27 April 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2211552
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Sungsoo Woo, Korea Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Sungsam Kang, Korea Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Changhyeong Yoon, Korea Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Wonshik Choi, Korea Univ. (Korea, Republic of)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9713:
Three-Dimensional and Multidimensional Microscopy: Image Acquisition and Processing XXIII
Thomas G. Brown; Carol J. Cogswell; Tony Wilson, Editor(s)

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