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Three-dimensional imaging through turbid media based on polarization-difference liquid-crystal microlens array
Author(s): Zhaowei Xin; Dong Wei; Dapeng Li; Xingwang Xie; Mingce Chen; Xinyu Zhang; Haiwei Wang; Changsheng Xie
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, a polarization difference liquid-crystal microlens array (PD-LCMLA) for three dimensional imaging application through turbid media is fabricated and demonstrated. This device is composed of a twisted nematic liquidcrystal cell (TNLCC), a polarizer and a liquid-crystal microlens array. The polarizer is sandwiched between the TNLCC and LCMLA to help the polarization difference system achieving the orthogonal polarization raw images. The prototyped camera for polarization difference imaging has been constructed by integrating the PD-LCMLA with an image sensor. The orthogonally polarized light-field images are recorded by switching the working state of the TNLCC. Here, by using a special microstructure in conjunction with the polarization-difference algorithm, we demonstrate that the three-dimensional information in the scattering media can be retrieved from the polarization-difference imaging system with an electrically tunable PD-LCMLA. We further investigate the system’s potential function based on the flexible microstructure. The microstructure provides a wide operation range in the manipulation of incident beams and also emerges multiple operation modes for imaging applications, such as conventional planar imaging, polarization imaging mode, and polarization-difference imaging mode. Since the PD-LCMLA demonstrates a very low power consumption, multiple imaging modes and simple manufacturing, this kind of device presents a potential to be used in many other optical and electro-optical systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 February 2018
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10607, MIPPR 2017: Multispectral Image Acquisition, Processing, and Analysis, 106070D (19 February 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2286468
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Zhaowei Xin, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Dong Wei, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Dapeng Li, Shanghai Aerospace Control Technology Institute (China)
Xingwang Xie, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Mingce Chen, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Xinyu Zhang, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Haiwei Wang, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Changsheng Xie, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10607:
MIPPR 2017: Multispectral Image Acquisition, Processing, and Analysis
Xinyu Zhang; Jun Zhang; Hongshi Sang, Editor(s)

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