Although most scientists and engineers working in the field of image acquisition and processing are well aware of the partially polarized nature of the optical fields used to form images, the effect of coherence on polarization imaging systems seems to have gone largely unnoticed. In this paper, the effects of polarization imaging of an edge object with partially coherent light are investigated theoretically and experimentally. We have extended the use of edge trace analysis in the evaluation of optical system performance and presented theoretical analysis on polarization imaging of an edge object with partially coherent and partially polarized illumination. Some interesting effects, such as the edge ringing and shifting in Stokes vector image construction, have been demonstrated experimentally.
|Title of host publication||Second International Conference on Photonics and Optical Engineering|
|Editors||Chunmin Zhang, Anand Asundi|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 28 Feb 2017|
|Name||Proceedings of SPIE|
Hu, X., Tian, A., & Wang, W. (2017). Polarization imaging of an edge object with partially coherent light. In C. Zhang, & A. Asundi (Eds.), Second International Conference on Photonics and Optical Engineering [102564C] (Proceedings of SPIE; Vol. 10256). SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2258262