Long-range polarimetric propagation in turbid media
Tutor / directorRoyo Royo, Santiago
Document typeMaster thesis
Rights accessOpen Access
Imaging through nebulous media encountered in nature, like fog, rain, and light haze, is on the most up-to-date research problems in the field of navigation as a result of the recent increasing interest in autonomous vehicles. However, it is still an unresolved problem. One of the proposed approaches to solve it is based on polarization, as in a turbid medium, polarized light is known to preserve its polarization properties deeper into the medium. Thus, the main aim of this thesis is to create from scratch a model of the interaction between polarized light and the scattering particles present in this kind of medium. As a result, this work presents the development and validation of a model based on a combination of Mie theory and the Monte Carlo method, for its later use as tool to study the feasibility and characteristics of a polarimetric imaging technique for long-range imaging in nebulous media.
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