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Imaging through turbid media: post processing using blind deconvolution
Author(s): Stuart M. Jefferies; Kathy J. Schulze; Charles L. Matson; E. Keith Hege; Kurt Stoltenberg
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Paper Abstract

How to obtain sharp images when viewing through a turbid medium is a problem that arises in a number of applications, including optical biomedical imaging and optical surveillance in the presence of clouds. The main problem with this type of imagery is that it is difficult to accurately characterize the turbid medium sufficiently well to generate a point spread function that can be used to deconvolve the blurred data (and thus increase the resolution). We discuss the use of blind deconvolution as a means of estimating both the blur-free target and the system point spread function. We compare restorations obtained using a non-linear blind deconvolution algorithm with those obtained using a linear backpropagation algorithm. Preliminary results indicate that the blind deconvolution algorithm produces the more visually pleasing restorations. Moreover, it does so without requiring any prior knowledge of the characteristics of the turbid medium, or of what the blur-free target should look like: an important advance over the backpropagation algorithm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 December 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4490, Multifrequency Electronic/Photonic Devices and Systems for Dual-Use Applications, (27 December 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.455436
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Stuart M. Jefferies, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
Kathy J. Schulze, KJS Consulting (United States)
Charles L. Matson, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
E. Keith Hege, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Kurt Stoltenberg, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4490:
Multifrequency Electronic/Photonic Devices and Systems for Dual-Use Applications
Paul S. Idell; Andrew R. Pirich; Stanley R. Czyzak; Paul L. Repak; Paul S. Idell; Stanley R. Czyzak, Editor(s)

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