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Journal of Sensors
Volume 2016, Article ID 9537320, 7 pages
Research Article

A Method of Removing Reflected Highlight on Images Based on Polarimetric Imaging

1Key Laboratory of Spectral Imaging Technology, Xi’an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanic, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xi’an 710119, China
2University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 10049, China

Received 20 January 2016; Accepted 3 April 2016

Academic Editor: Zhida Xu

Copyright © 2016 Fanchao Yang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A method of removing reflected highlight is proposed on polarimetric imaging. Polarization images (0°, 45°, 90°, and 135°) and the reflection angle are required in this reflected light removal algorithm. This method is based on the physical model of reflection and refraction, and no additional image processing algorithm is necessary in this algorithm. Compared to traditional polarization method with single polarizer, restricted observation angle of Brewster is not demanded and multiple reflection areas of different polarization orientations can be removed simultaneously. Experimental results, respectively, demonstrate the features of this reflected light removal algorithm, and it can be considered very suitable in polarization remote sensing.