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Advantages of three-dimensional electro-optic imaging sensors
Author(s): Andrew J. Nevis; Russell J. Hilton; James S. Taylor; Brett Cordes; John W. McLean
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Paper Abstract

Electro-optic identification sensors provide photographic quality images and were developed to identify objects of interest on the ocean bottom. Two of these high-resolution sensors are currently in use: one based on Streak Tube Imaging Lidar (STIL) technology and the other based on Laser Line Scan (LLS) technology. Both of these sensors produce high fidelity imagery that is unparalleled in quality for underwater imaging systems. They differ in that LLS sensors produce two-dimensional (2-D) contrast images only while STIL produces three-dimensional (3-D) data that can be rendered into 2-D contrast and range maps (images). Although still an emerging technology, recent advances have begun to point to significant advantages with the supplementary range information (3-D information) in identifying objects of interest on the sea floor. This paper discusses some of these advantages of range information for 3-D visual display, computer aided identification and target recognition, modeling, and the general identification process.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 September 2003
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 5089, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets VIII, (11 September 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.488235
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Andrew J. Nevis, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Russell J. Hilton, Arete Associates (United States)
James S. Taylor, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Brett Cordes, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)
John W. McLean, Arete Associates (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5089:
Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets VIII
Russell S. Harmon; John H. Holloway; J. T. Broach, Editor(s)

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