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Measurement errors in polarization-based 3D vision systems
Author(s): Bojian Liang; Andrew M. Wallace; Emanuele Trucco
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Paper Abstract

Multiple reflections can degrade significantly depth data acquired by laser rangefinders. However, analysis of the polarization state of the reflected light can provide additional clues to distinguish the first and subsequent reflections. Such estimates depend critically on the ratio between absolute differences of intensity measured by a camera with different settings of some polarizing optical components. Errors introduced by weak signals, the nonlinear response of the sensors, noise and quantization in the video channel can be very significant. When a laser is used as the illumination source, fluctuation of the source intensity can introduce additional errors if comparisons are made between images acquired at different times. We presents a discussion of the type and effects of these errors, guidelines on systems settings and an upper-bound analysis of the error on the estimates of the orientation of the completely polarized component of light, a fundamental quantity used in several polarization vision systems for diverse applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 January 1997
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2909, Three-Dimensional Imaging and Laser-Based Systems for Metrology and Inspection II, (20 January 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.263323
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Bojian Liang, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)
Andrew M. Wallace, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)
Emanuele Trucco, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2909:
Three-Dimensional Imaging and Laser-Based Systems for Metrology and Inspection II
Kevin G. Harding; Donald J. Svetkoff, Editor(s)

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