Journal of the European Optical Society - Rapid publications, Vol 11 (2016)

Improving three-dimensional (3D) range gated reconstruction through time-of-flight (TOF) imaging analysis

S. Y. Chua, X. Wang, N. Guo, C. S. Tan, T. Y. Chai, G. L. Seet


This paper performs an experimental investigation on the TOF imaging profile which strongly influences the quality of reconstruction to accomplish accurate range sensing. From our analysis, the reflected intensity profile recorded appears to deviate from Gaussian model which is commonly assumed and can be perceived as a mixture of noises and actual reflected signal. Noise-weighted Average range calculation is therefore proposed to alleviate noise influence based on the signal detection threshold and system noises. From our experimental result, this alternative range solution demonstrates better accuracy as compared to the conventional weighted average method and proven as a para-axial correction to improve range reconstruction in 3D gated imaging system.

© The Authors. All rights reserved. [DOI: 10.2971/jeos.2016.16015]

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