Spatio-temporal hybrid color-polarization channeled sensors

Israel J. Vaughn, J. Scott Tyo

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Recent advancements in channeled spatio-temporal polarization sensor systems have shown potential for improved imaging performance. Lithographic processes now allow for the manufacture of pixelated focal plane arrays with both color and polarization filters applied at the per pixel level. Both Sony and Pau's group at the University of Arizona have demonstrated the manufacture of these hybrid sensors. These new sensors produce spatially channeled hybrid color/polarization systems and crowd the available channel bandwidth space in the Nyquist square. We present a new system design which utilises polarization elements to generate additional temporal carriers, allowing for the separation of color and polarization channels. This separation has the potential to improve the hybrid system performance for certain classes of scene statistics and is analogous to a kind of super-resolution effect similar to a vibrating sensor or using motion for subsampling. The separation can be achieved by varying the polarization sensitive pixels in time, e.g. a rotating half waveplate or an electro-optic polarization element. We show the system design for an existing COTS Sony sensor as well as a design with improved performance over the Sony focal plane array, along with preliminary results on possible system performance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - Polarization Science and Remote Sensing IX
EditorsJulia M. Craven, Joseph A. Shaw, Frans Snik
Place of PublicationBellingham Washington USA
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781510629585
ISBN (Print)9781510629578
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
EventPolarization Science and Remote Sensing IX 2019 - San Diego, United States of America
Duration: 14 Aug 201915 Aug 2019 (Proceedings)

Publication series

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


ConferencePolarization Science and Remote Sensing IX 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
CitySan Diego
Internet address


  • color-polarimetric hybrid
  • linear systems
  • microanalyzer array
  • micropolarizer array
  • modulated polarimetry
  • polarimetric channels
  • polarimetry

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