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A high-resolution SWIR camera via compressed sensing
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Paper Abstract

Images from a novel shortwave infrared (SWIR, 900 nm to 1.7 μm) camera system are presented. Custom electronics and software are combined with a digital micromirror device (DMD) and a single-element sensor; the latter are commercial off-the-shelf devices, which together create a lower-cost imaging system than is otherwise available in this wavelength regime. A compressive sensing (CS) encoding schema is applied to the DMD to modulate the light that has entered the camera. This modulated light is directed to a single-element sensor and an ensemble of measurements is collected. With the data ensemble and knowledge of the CS encoding, images are computationally reconstructed. The hardware and software combination makes it possible to create images with the resolution of the DMD while employing a substantially lower-cost sensor subsystem than would otherwise be required by the use of traditional focal plane arrays (FPAs). In addition to the basic camera architecture, we also discuss a technique that uses the adaptive functionality of the DMD to search and identify regions of interest. We demonstrate adaptive CS in solar exclusion experiments where bright pixels, which would otherwise reduce dynamic range in the images, are automatically removed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 May 2012
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8353, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXVIII, 835303 (23 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.920050
Show Author Affiliations
Lenore McMackin, InView Technology Corp. (United States)
Matthew A. Herman, InView Technology Corp. (United States)
Bill Chatterjee, InView Technology Corp. (United States)
Matt Weldon, InView Technology Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8353:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXXVIII
Bjørn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop; Paul R. Norton, Editor(s)

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