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Testing smooth surface characteristics based on thermal infrared polarization
Author(s): Li Sun; Zhen Wang; Jin Hong; Yan-li Qiao; Yi-qiong Chen
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Paper Abstract

A novel optical method was provided to test the sample surface using a thermal polarimeter. The polarimeter consists of a rotary polarization filter and a thermal imaging system that is based on an uncooled focal plane array (UFPA) in long wave infrared (LWIR, 8~12μm) band. The thermal infrared polarization images of a Vernier caliper head were taken by a rotary polarizing filter at angles of 0°, 60°, 120° degrees. These images were saved into a computer and were calculated with Stokes parameter formulas to produce digital images of Stokes parameters I, Q and U, degree of linear polarization and direction of polarization. These images clearly show the difference between different areas of Vernier caliper, and this difference is not obtainable from the intensity images. Experimental results show that the introduced method can extract surface roughness information from thermal images and can distinguish different surface characteristics quickly.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 November 2007
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 6723, 3rd International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Optical Test and Measurement Technology and Equipment, 67233O (27 November 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.783517
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Li Sun, Anhui Agricultural Univ. (China)
Zhen Wang, Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (China)
Jin Hong, Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (China)
Yan-li Qiao, Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (China)
Yi-qiong Chen, Anhui Agricultural Univ. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6723:
3rd International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Optical Test and Measurement Technology and Equipment
Junhua Pan; James C. Wyant; Hexin Wang, Editor(s)

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