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Polarization-based peak detection in laser triangulation-range sensors
Author(s): Jim Clark; Emanuele Trucco
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Paper Abstract

We report a polarization-based peak detection method for use in laser triangulation range sensors. Such sensors depend critically on the accurate detection of a pattern of laser light projected onto a scene, usually a point or line. Problems arise with highly specularly reflective surfaces, which can generate visible reflections of the light in various parts of the image. These can confuse intensity-based detection algorithms and lead to incorrect range measurements. This paper demonstrates the failure of intensity-based methods by reference to an existing triangulation scanner and sample depth data. A polarization-based method is proposed and we demonstrate experimentally the feasibility of polarization-based vision for disambiguating multiple specular inter-reflections of the laser light.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 January 1996
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2599, Three-Dimensional and Unconventional Imaging for Industrial Inspection and Metrology, (19 January 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.230402
Show Author Affiliations
Jim Clark, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)
Emanuele Trucco, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2599:
Three-Dimensional and Unconventional Imaging for Industrial Inspection and Metrology
Michael R. Descour; Kevin G. Harding; Donald J. Svetkoff, Editor(s)

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