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Image processing virtual circuitry for physics based applications on field programmable gate array technology
Author(s): Andrew J. Tickle; Jon Marchant; Iain A. Steele; Gregory Clarke; Jeremy S. Smith; James W. Bradley
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Paper Abstract

Presented in this paper are the designs of several algorithms which enable the identification and tracking of various regions within a series of images using FPGA technology. Two example probLem domains in the areas of plasma physics and observational astronomy have been expolored. In the plasma physics application, an initial pixel extraction technique has been expanded to include spatial (related to the distance from a cathode) and value measurements (based on intensity values), which are subsequently merged in order to identify different intensity / emissivity regions within a plasma assisted deposition system. The optimum combination of these and other techniques are discussed, together with their reasons for selection. The control signals, decoding method and subsequent processing steps, associated with how a point within individual images is selected, will also be presented. In the astronomical application, a variation of a scene change detection mechanism is shown and how this system was adapted in order to track and chart the motion of Near-Earth Objects (NEOs).

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 September 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7100, Optical Design and Engineering III, 71002I (27 September 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.797727
Show Author Affiliations
Andrew J. Tickle, The Univ. of Liverpool (United Kingdom)
Jon Marchant, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Iain A. Steele, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
Gregory Clarke, The Univ. of Liverpool (United Kingdom)
Jeremy S. Smith, The Univ. of Liverpool (United Kingdom)
James W. Bradley, The Univ. of Liverpool (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7100:
Optical Design and Engineering III
Laurent Mazuray; Jean-Luc Tissot; Jeffrey M. Raynor; Rolf Wartmann; Andrew Wood, Editor(s)

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