SWIR active polarization imaging for material identification

Daniel A. LeMaster, Adoum H. Mahamat, Bradley M. Ratliff, Andrey S. Alenin, J. Scott Tyo, Bradley M. Koch

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Nighttime active SWIR imaging has resolution, size, weight, and power consumption advantages over passive MWIR and LWIR imagers for applications involving target identification. We propose that the target discrimination capability of active SWIR systems can be extended further by exerting polarization control over the illumination source and imager, i.e. through active polarization imaging. In this work, we construct a partial Mueller matrix imager and use laboratory derived signatures to uniquely identify target materials in outdoor scenes. This paper includes a description of the camera and laser systems as well as discussion of the reduction and analysis techniques used for material identification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPolarization Science and Remote Sensing VI
StatePublished - 2013
EventPolarization Science and Remote Sensing VI - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 26 2013Aug 29 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherPolarization Science and Remote Sensing VI
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Imaging polarimetry
  • Material identification
  • Mueller matrix imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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