Superimposed video disambiguation for increased field of view.
Many infrared optical systems in wide-ranging applications such as surveillance and security frequently require large fields of view (FOVs). Often this necessitates a focal plane array (FPA) with a large number of pixels, which, in general, is very expensive. In a previous paper, we proposed a method for increasing the FOV without increasing the pixel resolution of the FPA by superimposing multiple sub-images within a static scene and disambiguating the observed data to reconstruct the original scene. This technique, in effect, allows each sub-image of the scene to share a single FPA, thereby increasing the FOV without compromising resolution. In this paper, we demonstrate the increase of FOVs in a realistic setting by physically generating a superimposed video from a single scene using an optical system employing a beamsplitter and a movable mirror. Without prior knowledge of the contents of the scene, we are able to disambiguate the two sub-images, successfully capturing both large-scale features and fine details in each sub-image. We improve upon our previous reconstruction approach by allowing each sub-image to have slowly changing components, carefully exploiting correlations between sequential video frames to achieve small mean errors and to reduce run times. We show the effectiveness of this improved approach by reconstructing the constituent images of a surveillance camera video.
Marcia, RF; Kim, C; Eldeniz, C; Kim, J; Brady, DJ; Willett, RM
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