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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.
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.