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Experimentally validated modification to Cook-Torrance BRDF model for improved accuracy
Author(s): Samuel D. Butler; James A. Ethridge; Stephen E. Nauyoks; Michael A. Marciniak
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Paper Abstract

The BRDF describes optical scatter off realistic surfaces. The microfacet BRDF model assumes geometric optics but is computationally simple compared to wave optics models. In this work, MERL BRDF data is fitted to the original Cook-Torrance microfacet model, and a modified Cook-Torrance model using the polarization factor in place of the mathematically problematic cross section conversion and geometric attenuation terms. The results provide experimental evidence that this modified Cook-Torrance model leads to improved fits, particularly for large incident and scattered angles. These results are expected to lead to more accurate BRDF modeling for remote sensing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 September 2017
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10402, Earth Observing Systems XXII, 1040214 (5 September 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2274145
Show Author Affiliations
Samuel D. Butler, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
James A. Ethridge, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (United States)
Stephen E. Nauyoks, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (United States)
Michael A. Marciniak, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10402:
Earth Observing Systems XXII
James J. Butler; Xiaoxiong (Jack) Xiong; Xingfa Gu, Editor(s)

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