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Polarization imaging

Description:

Polarization imaging sensor for enhanced scene analysis

 

Inventor

Nader Engheta & Jan Van der Spiegel

 

Problem

 

Along with intensity and color, polarization is a property of light that can provide useful information for scene analysis. However, the human eye and most cameras cannot detect polarization. Gathering polarization data could aid machine vision in detecting information about surfaces, material properties, shadows, and illumination sources. A camera that could easily incorporate polarization imaging could provide better detail and scene analysis that conventional cameras.

 

 

Solution

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have created an image sensor with real-time polarimetric extraction capability at the focal plane. A micropolarizer array mounted on the imaging sensor filters the incoming light through two polarization filters offset at 45 degrees to each other. For each given 2x2 pixel area, both light intensity and polarization information are captured. The data captured by the imaging sensor can be used to calculate the Stokes parameters which quantify the polarization of the light. A complete image sensor is made up of sets of these 2x2 pixel blocks, with the current lab prototype consisting of a 256x256 imager. A polarization imaging camera based on this design could provide additional data for scene analysis and computer vision using a property of light that is often ignored. 

 

Advantages

·         Detect polarization of light for a complete image

·         Additional, often undetected information about shadows and illumination sources

·         Enhanced imaging and analysis for computer vision

 

Stage of Development

·         Prototype

 

Intellectual Property

US Patent 7,582,857

  

Desired partnerships

• License

 

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Docket S4194

 


Patent Information:
For Information, Contact:
Pamela Beatrice
Director, SEAS/SAS Licensing Group
University of Pennsylvania
215-573-4513
beatricp@upenn.edu
Inventors:
Nader Engheta
Jan Van Der Spiegel
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