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Polarimetric effects in nonpolarimetric imaging
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Paper Abstract

Radiative transfer is commonly modeled as the propagation of unpolarized radiation. More accurate approaches utilizing polarimetric quantities are usually only applied to sensors that purposefully discriminate polarimetric information. In this paper, we examine the effect on fidelity of utilizing polarimetric radiative transfer modeling for non-polarimetric sensors. We show that if the primary irradiance on a scene is significantly polarized (such as sky irradiance) then polarimetric radiative transfer modeling is warranted and provides a significant increase in fidelity. We demonstrate this effect by performing target detection of shadowed man-made objects in real and simulated imagery.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 April 2010
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 7672, Polarization: Measurement, Analysis, and Remote Sensing IX, 76720N (26 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.849545
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Russel P. Kauffman, Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Services (United States)
Michael Gartley, Rochester Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7672:
Polarization: Measurement, Analysis, and Remote Sensing IX
David B. Chenault; Dennis H. Goldstein, Editor(s)

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