Polarization Imaging and Algorithm

Period of Performance: 07/18/2003 - 01/20/2004

$69.8K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Dymas Research, Inc.
22 Pond View Dr.
Plainsboro, NJ 08536
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Polarization imaging system has been explored as a method to improve target detection capabilities in remote sensing and other applications. Polarization imaging can improve target contrast, reduce clutter, aid in the defeat of intervening scatterers, and provide orientation information about various target features. The feasibility of polarization technology application in separation of a boost or bus from the associated plume, target discrimination etc. has been demonstrated theoretically and experimentally. Dymas Research proposes an innovative polarization imaging system using electro-optic material and an imaging processing algorithm designed specifically for our polarization imaging system. Our proposed polarization imaging system does not have moving parts, works very fast, and eliminates the misregistration issue. The algorithms proposed can enhance image contrast. We are confident that this unique polarization imaging system and algorithm will provide a promising solution for target discrimination. Success in the Phase I effort will lead to the fabrication of an advanced polarization imaging system. This unique polarization system has many critical advantages in terms of solid-state operation, speed, weight, and flexibility. The success of development of this polarimetric sensor will have great impacts on military, space, industrial, and biomedical sectors.